MATRIX @ 40: Collection Connections
January – October, 2015MATRIX artists are often inspired by the museum’s collection and introduce a fresh perspective on an old favorite. This exhibition pairs the works of past MATRIX artists and the objects that sparked their imaginations: Michelle Elzay photographs our Meissen Sparrowhawks, Louise Lawler looks at Claude Lorrain’s lush landscape from a new angle, Virgil Marti explores the romanticism of Frederic Church’s light-filled seascape, and Christian Jankowski takes on 25 years of MATRIX art projects.
Each of these artists is interested in a different aspect of the original work of art. It might be a color, a theme, or the way the painting is displayed. No matter the point of departure, the results are always thought-provoking, adding to the rich artistic history of the Wadsworth.
A timeline of MATRIX exhibitions is below and also on view in the exhibition. The documentation of this series is an important legacy for the museum and history of contemporary art.