Breaking Up

   February 26, 2022 - August 11, 2024
   Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Installation view of Breaking Up at the Phoenix Art Museum, 2022. © Phoenix Art Museum, photo by Airi Katsuta.

Artists Included:
Lia Chaia, Frida Orupabo, Michal Rovner

Through a wide selection of paintings, photographs, installations, and digital media works drawn from the collection of Phoenix Art Museum, the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation collection, and various private collections of local artists, Breaking Up examines how contemporary artists explore different types of fragmentation, or “breaking up,” through their work. Works by Nancy Rubins, Deborah Butterfield, Rivane Neuenschwander, Lia Chaia, and Cornelia Parker illuminate the process of deconstructing everyday objects or materials like wood, paper, metal, and incense to create alternative structures and spaces that hold new meaning despite their repurposed media. Other works by Angela Ellsworth, Janet Toro, and Frida Orupabo instead take apart and reconfigure one of the most familiar forms: the human body. Finally, videos, paintings, drawings, and more by Kristin Bauer, Michal Rovner, Ronna Nemitz, Jessica Palomo, Marie Navarre, and Beth Ames Swartz, encourage viewers to consider the many ways in which trauma, loss, and abandonment affect perception, memory, language, and the human mind.

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