Past Events (2020)

Alison Saar Book Launch

Alison Saar Book Launch
Dates: Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

The Armory and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College invite you to celebrate the release of Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe.

This virtual publication launch program will feature conversations with special guests, poetry readings, and a festive toast as we unveil the most comprehensive publication on Saar to date.

Participants include Alison Saar and scholar Christina Sharpe with key representatives from both institutions who will read poems included in the catalogue.

Saar will conclude the event with a libation created live, followed by a ceremonial blessing. The libation recipe will be provided to guests who RSVP for the event.

About the Catalogue
Accompanying the survey exhibition co-curated by Rebecca McGrew, senior curator at the Benton Museum of Art, and Irene Georgia Tsatsos, chief curator at Armory Center for the Arts, Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe is the first extended monograph on Saar. The book includes new essays by McGrew and scholar Christina Sharpe, an interview between Saar and Tsatsos, an autobiographical timeline by Saar, and poetry by Camille Dungy, Harryette Mullen, and Evie Shockley. Handsomely bound in cloth with embossed details, the publication also features never-before-published photographs from the artist’s childhood as well as new full-color images of Saar’s work from 1982 to 2020.

About the Exhibition
Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe appears at the Armory and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. It is scheduled to open by appointment in 2021. Please check the Armory and Benton websites for more information about dates, upcoming events, and to schedule an appointment. Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance. An exhibition catalog will feature contributions by Camille Dungy, Rebecca McGrew, Harryette Mullen, Christina Sharpe, Evie Shockley, and Irene Tsatsos. It is being made possible with lead support from The Fellows of Contemporary Art, who awarded the 2020 Curator’s Award to co-curators Rebecca McGrew at the Benton and Irene Tsatsos at the Armory. Exhibition public programs are supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Additional support is provided by Betsy Greenberg.


Image: Catalog cover design by Content Object. Image courtesy of Content Object.

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