Amplify at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art opens July 17, 2021

Amplify at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art opens July 17, 2021

amplify

JULY 17 - OCTOBER 24, 2021

Amplify focuses on the experiences of woman-identifying artists in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Virginia MOCA curators have connected with curatorial colleagues and asked them to share their recommendations of woman-identifying artists who are exploring identity and the gendered roles of women. Constructs regarding a woman’s identity can be complicated and loaded with political agendas and nuances; yet they are also fascinating, beautiful, and filled with joy when embraced in all their forms. Through a variety of media and approaches, the artists in Amplify explore some of the many aspects of what it is to be a woman. They reveal common themes from an intersectional, and deeply personal lens.  

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA. Curated by Alison Byrne, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education, & Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator.  


New Work from Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines at Workhouse Art Center (Lorton, VA) March 20 - June 6, 2021

New Work from Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines at Workhouse Art Center (Lorton, VA)  March 20 - June 6, 2021

Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, VA) presents New Works from Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines by Sue Johnson. The exhibition is guest curated by Jaynelle Hazard, presented in partnership with the Lucy Burns Museum, and will be on view in the McGuire-Woods Gallery from March 20 through June 6, 2021. The gallery is open Saturday and Sundays 12:00-5:00pm (under Virginia COVID-19 Phase Forward II)

 

“Mining the archive is like building a time machine; I look at the material culture of the past as a way of understanding what has come into being in our contemporary times.”    – Sue Johnson


A recording of the Artist Talk is posted to the Workhouse Fb page:

https://www.facebook.com/WorkhouseArts


Review, The Washington Post, Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines (click here to read)

Review, The Washington Post, Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines (click here to read)

[excerpt of review by Mark Jenkins, Dec. 25, 2020]


“The creatures in Sue Johnson’s “Hall of Portraits From the History of Machines” are more than the sum of their parts. But the parts are pretty great — sleek, stylish and erotic, if in an airbrushed, antiseptic way.

 

Central to Johnson’s VisArts show are satirical paintings of mid-20th-century American women and the home and office products designed for their use. The impeccably clad and coifed housewives and secretaries don’t simply employ the steam irons, sewing machines and other devices — they actually meld with them. One subject has a coffee pot for a torso, and another traded her hips and thighs for a hard-sided suitcase. A blonde, with a coy expression and demonstrating plastic wrap, flaunts the ultimate wasp waist: the stem of a glass goblet.”

 

Paste this link into your browser for PDF of full review: 

http://media.icompendium.com/suejohns_MarkJenkins-Review-In-the-galleries-Dec-25-2020.pdf

 



Saul Ostrow Review, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Exhibition

Saul Ostrow Review, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Exhibition

Saul Ostrow reviews Selections from Hall of Portraits from the History of Machines


“Sue Johnson is a cultural historian, an archeologist of other dimensions. She has a sharp eye for the overlooked and the never-was. You can imagine her as the guest host for an episode for The Twilight Zone that takes place in a department store that caters to male fantasies. The women are not only compliant, they are smiling, labor-saving appliances. […]These are, or would have been, the products of a time when men foolishly believed they ruled the world. The exhibition is not a showroom but a storeroom, housing the artifacts of our primitive, eroticized world of the masculine ideals that too many women still try to accommodate.”


Solo Fellowship Exhibition at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Solo Fellowship Exhibition at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Selections from Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Aug 14, 2020 to June 1, 2021


Johnson is a 2020-21 recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship


Exhibition @ VisArts, Rockville, MD

Exhibition @ VisArts, Rockville, MD

Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines

September 11 – January 3, 2021 (extended date)

VisArts, Gibbs Street Gallery, Rockville, MD

 

Video of exhibition walk-through with audio excerpts of an interview with the artist:

https://vimeo.com/463549904

 

Illustrated full-text interview with Megan Koeppel

https://www.visartscenter.org/sue-johnson-interview/


Sam and Adele Golden Gallery @ the Golden Foundation, Made in Paint 2020 exhibition - catalog available now & in-person and online exhibition formats coming soon

Sam and Adele Golden Gallery @ the Golden Foundation, Made in Paint 2020 exhibition - catalog available now & in-person and online exhibition formats coming soon

Made in Paint 2020 exhibition of 2019 Golden Foundation Residency fellows coming online soon. The exhibition has been installed at the Sam and Adele Golden Gallery and will be available to view in person (soon, fall 2020 - spring 2021) and in online formats (also coming soon).  The exhibition catalog is available now with excerpts at the link above.  Johnson was awarded a one-month residency fellowship in June-July 2019. 


Sam and Adele Golden Gallery

188 Bell Road, New Berlin, NY 13411

https://www.thesagg.org





SHIFT @ McLean Project for the Arts

SHIFT @ McLean Project for the Arts

View online: July 15 – August 27, 2020

 

The two jurors, Sarah Tanguy, curator and arts writer, and Henry L. Thaggert, collector and art patron, created two separate exhibits, each drawing from the same pool of works. 

 

The works in this exhibition focus on the concept of shift, change or exchange, in paradigm, position, direction, tendency, viewpoint, atmosphere, needs, dreams, schedules, interactions, environment, perspective…

 

View Sarah Tanguy’s exhibition for which Johnson’s work has been selected:

https://mpaart.org/shift-sarah-tanguy/