A Dark Place of Dreams
Louise Nevelson with Chakaia Booker, Lauren Fensterstock and Kate Gilmore
April 28, 2018 - September 9, 2018
Thirty years after her passing, A Dark Place of Dreams revisits the monochromatic assemblages of Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), one of the pioneering American sculptors of the twentieth century, alongside three contemporary artists: Chakaia Booker, Lauren Fensterstock, and Kate Gilmore. In her most iconic works, Nevelson utilized wooden objects she gathered from debris in urban environments to create her monumental installations. Here, each artist expands Nevelson's tradition of assemblage in innovative and provocative ways. By sharing key stylistic elements in the artworks, such as their frontality, obsession with surface and static quality, the contemporary sculptures echo the mystery and scale of Nevelson's pieces, registering as somber black objects dissolving into complex surfaces. A Dark Place of Dreams celebrates Nevelson's artistic accomplishments and her lasting impact on contemporary sculptors, while highlighting the prolific sculptural practices of Booker, Fensterstock, and Gilmore as well as their facilities with material and ongoing explorations.
With over ten years of curatorial and exhibition experience in contemporary art, Curator Jaime DeSimone conceives and implements the exhibition program and manages the Permanent Collection. At MOCA Jacksonville, DeSimone has curated Project Atrium: Shinique Smith and Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, the first museum show to focus on contemporary female abstract painters. She was previously the exhibitions project coordinator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where she managed a portfolio of exhibitions, including Calder and Abstraction and FreePort No. 008: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. From 2005 to 2012, DeSimone served as the assistant curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art, located on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she curated a number of exhibitions, including Flash Back: November 23, 1963 (2013), The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues (2011), and Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) (2008). She holds a master's degree in American contemporary art from American University (2005) and a bachelor's degree in art history from Bates College (2001).
Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.