Project Description

Past Exhibition

February 4, 2021 – May 1, 2021

Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar

151 Presidents Drive • Amherst, MA  01003-9931
artwork by Alison Saar with human with a snake in mouth
artwork by Alison Saar with human with a snake in mouth

Past Exhibition

February 4, 2021 – May 1, 2021

Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar

151 Presidents Drive • Amherst, MA 01003-9931

Alison Saar is known not only for her powerful sculptures; she is also a master of the art of printmaking. In both forms, she employs a personal vocabulary informed by history, race, and mythology.

Her influences range from ancient Europe, Africa, and American folk art. She is especially drawn to the Kouros, an ancient Greek sculptural form of a man in the diametric pose of stillness and movement.

Saar’s works narrate stories of the African American experience, moving effortlessly from the personal to the political. In many of her works, she charts the tragic history of slavery in America, but her figures symbolize defiance and strength. Other recurring images are informed by jazz, romance, and desire. Through decades of work, Alison Saar has used the power of art to tell stories, and especially ones that matter.

This exhibition was organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is accompanied by a catalogue.

Support for the exhibition has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

Pictured

Alison Saar, Snake Man, edition AP 3/4, 1994 (detail). Lithograph and woodcut; 28 x 37 in. From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Media

Events

Upcoming Exhibitions

2021
Chazen Art Museum

800 University Ave • Madison, WI 53706

June 5 – August 8, 2021

2021
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University

1535 Wilson Rd #7301 • Pullman, WA 99164

September 7, 2021 – March 12, 2022

Past Exhibitions

2020
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College

251 E 11th St • Claremont, CA 91711

August 29 – December 6, 2020

2020
Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe St • Toledo, OH 43620

June 23 – July 26, 2020

2019
Weatherspoon Art Museum

500 Tate St • Greensboro, NC 27412

November 2, 2019 – February 23, 2020