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Harriet Bart: Artist Books + Works on Paper
February 1, 2020 - January 17, 2021
“I believe in the alchemy of the word, the iconography of the text, the labyrinth of the book.”—Harriet Bart
Visual artist Harriet Bart explores themes of commemoration, remembrance, and loss through her multidisciplinary work. Books and language lie at the heart of her practice, one informed by an abiding fascination with the personal and collective expression of memory. Bart describes herself as a cultural storyteller, drawing on historical events, literary sources, and other narratives to shape meaning and engender empathy for her subjects. Conceptually rich and aesthetically refined, her books and works on paper are highly original evocations of the human condition. This solo presentation includes examples of Bart’s artist’s books, drawings, collages, editioned prints, and related objects representing three decades of the artist’s career.
“Harriet Bart: Artist Books + Works on Paper” was organized by Mia’s associate curator Dennis Michael Jon in collaboration with the artist. It is presented in conjunction with the Weisman Art Museum’s concurrent retrospective exhibition “Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Froms of Protection” (February 1–May 24, 2020).