ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture | Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

June 20 – August 30, 2020

ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

Figge Art Museum

June 20, 2020- August 30, 2020


ABOUT FACE: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture explores the lineage and influence between the revolutionary first generation of artists working in the figural genre and contemporary artists. The exhibition, curated by Jennifer Jankauskus, will investigate how history and place inform the work of contemporary ceramists bringing approximately 44 objects by 30 emerging, mid-career, and master artists from around the nation who work within a narrative figurative clay tradition. Creating both sculptural and relief objects, from busts to full figures, the artists all highlight the human form as a way to explore issues relating to the body, to various cultural ties, and to ideas of the female/male gaze.

About Face is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays by exhibition curator, Jennifer Jankauskas, PhD, and Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and will be on view in the fourth-floor gallery through August 30, 2020.


Companion programs:
Curator Talk: Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas
Thursday, July 16
6:30 p.m. Virutal

Curator of Art at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and exhibition curator Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas, will discuss the artists and themes exhibited in About Face in a virtual presentation.

Artist Panel
Thursday, August 20
6:30 p.m. talk
Local ceramic artists will give insight into the imagery and techniques used in the works featured in About Face.

Exhibition Touring Dates:
Montgomery  Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
February 2 – May 12, 2019
Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, TX
January 24th to April 29th, 2020
Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA
June 20th to August 30th, 2020

Purchase ABOUT FACE/ Contemporary Ceramics Sculpture Catalog HERE.

Exhibition includes work by:

Wesley Anderegg
Robert Arneson*
Chris Antemann*
Rudy Autio*
Russell Biles*
Cristina Córdova*
Jack Earl*
Edward Eberle*
Sean Erwin*
Viola Frey*
Alessandro Gallo*
David Gilhooly *
Gerit Grimm *
Sergei Isupov*
Doug Jeck*
Howard Kottler*
Michael Lucero *
Walter McConnell
Gerardo Monterrubio
Jim Neel
Virgil Ortiz
Andrew Raftery
Allan Rosenbaum
Akio Takimori *
Yoshio Taylor
Tip Toland
Jason Walker *
Kurt Weiser *
Beatrice Wood *
Sun Koo Yuh

*indicates artists with available works for sale through Ferrin Contemporary