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Artists in Conversation: Sculptor Virginia Overton on Process and Rodin

Artists in Conversation: Sculptor Virginia Overton on Process and Rodin

Sunday, July 24, 2022

2:00 PM–3:15 PM
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Sculptor Virginia Overton speaks about her process, use of materials, and relationship to Rodin. Overton, whose work is on view in this year’s Venice Biennale, has a vivid childhood memory of attending a Rodin exhibition. Yet, at first glance, her practice provides an enlightening contrast to Rodin’s work.

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Virginia Overton (b.1971, Tennessee, United States) lives and works in New York. She creates sculpture and installation, repurposing materials commonly associated with factories, farms, and construction. By means of both subtle and drastic interventions, Overton recontextualizes these ordinary objects, revealing their intrinsic properties which highlight the wear accrued by passing time. Many of her works are assembled with industrial materials that have been reconfigured to take the composition of naturalistic forms.

Overton is a participant in the fifty-ninth International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani. She was recently commissioned by the Queens Museum (New York) and the LaGuardia Arts Program to create a permanent installation at the Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York. She currently has a solo exhibition at Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK, with a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN in October 2022.

Recent solo exhibitions include those at the Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2018); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona (2017); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2016); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2014); the Westphalian Art Association, Münster (2013) and the Kunsthalle Bern (2013).

Recent group exhibitions include the Front Triennial, Cleveland (2018); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2016). Overton’s work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, United States; the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, United States; and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, United States.

Image: The Bortolami Gallery and the Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis, TN

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