Louise McCagg: 2000 - 2010
Inaugural Exhibition at The Diana Center Gallery, Barnard College



Press Release

Louise McCagg (Barnard, B.A. 1959), at the invitation of Barnard College of Columbia University, will present a selection of recent work as the inaugural exhibition in the Louise McCagg Gallery of The Diana Center, Barnard's newest building and home of its art, architecture and performance programs. Louise McCagg: 2000-2010 will be open to the public from February 3rd through February 26th, with a closing reception to be held on February 26th.

For nearly a half-century, Louise McCagg has employed classical methods and media in her ongoing examination of contemporary political, artistic and ontological concerns. Best known for her cast heads, which were recently exhibited in the Hungarian Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale, McCagg has been hailed by The New York Times as an artist "with real flair" and creator of "quirky, troubling [and] oracular" work. With her signature heads, McCagg engages the practice and history of traditional sculptural techniques. McCagg acknowledges both the unique physical
and emotional qualities of the modern subject and, via her shrinking process from life-size to thumbnail size, the commonalities shared by diverse cultures.

At The Diana Center, McCagg will show previously unseen sketches and drawings that reveal her working methods and creative musings. These personal, sometimes quick and rough renderings elucidate McCagg's 21st century exploration of the ubiquitous modernist grid. McCagg has said that for her "the grid alludes to different aspects of the human condition" and simultaneously acts as a specific art historical reference, invoking the work of diverse modernists from Piet Mondrian to Sol LeWitt, Joseph Cornell and Josef Albers through Agnes Martin. An array of McCagg's newest grids will be part of The Diana Center exhibition, as will a sampling of exploratory works and workin- progress. These include a manipulable head abacus incorporating metal and wood elements, latex and light work, and geodesic pieces that extend the grid further into three-dimensional space.

McCagg lives and works in New York City and has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally, including previous shows at Barnard College. She has exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery in New York for over twenty years. McCagg's work has been collected by major museums, universities and other institutions including The Dana Hall School, Wellesley, Mass.; Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT.; University of California, San Diego; The New York Public Library Collection; Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan; Yale University Library, New
Haven, CT.; Museum of Fine Art, Budapest, Hungary; Petoefi Museum of Literature, Budapest, Hungary; The Szechenyi Library, Budapest, Hungary; and Saint Stefan Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

The Gallery will be open from 10:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday. For further information contact Elisabeth Sher at Barnard, 212.854.2118. Louise McCagg: 2000-2010 is curated by Tracy Zwick (MA: Art History, Columbia University, 2010).

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