Inspired by Marisol: A Sculptural Response
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and
Downtown Memphis Commission
Exhibit reception at Cafe Pontotoc (314 S Main)
during South Main Trolley Night, May 30
Inspired by Marisol: A Sculptural Response is part of a summer-long celebration of Marisol, centered around the Brooks Museum’s upcoming exhibition Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper, which will premiere at the Brooks Museum on June 14 and remain on view until September 7 before traveling to El Museo del Barrio in New York City. A catalogue, co-published by Yale University Press, is available worldwide.
When the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art decided to take the concept of the upcoming retrospective exhibition Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper beyond the walls of the museum, Marina Pacini, Chief Curator, reached out to students enrolled in introductory and advanced sculpture classes at Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. Their mission: To create sculptures in response to work made by the Paris-born, Venezuelan artist who worked in New York City. Seventeen of those sculpture students were selected to participate in a spin-off exhibition titled Inspired by Marisol: A Sculptural Response that will be mounted in shops and businesses located in South Main.
The three classes invited to participate in Inspired by Marisol were enrolled in introductory and advanced sculpture classes. The selected works range in size from one to eight feet tall with as many individual responses to Marisol as could be wished. The resulting exhibition provides an exciting and unexpected showcase for the students’ homages to their muse.
Says Pacini, “My co-juror Jennifer Sargent and I are both impressed with the way the students took found materials and turned them into fully realized works of art. The sense of humor, pathos, and whimsy in the submissions will make Marisol and all the visitors to the exhibition smile.”
Image: Jack Mitchell, American (b. 1925). Marisol Working on “The Family,” 1969. Photograph. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase with funds provided by Marina Pacini and David McCarthy in honor of Mimi Trujillo Ruthizer PA2013.5. © Jack Mitchell.
Born in 1930, Marisol was recognized in the sixties for her life-sized figural sculptures that are composed of drawn and painted elements; plaster casts; carved wood and stone; assembled plywood; industrial materials such as neon, Astroturf, and mirrors; and many found objects including clothing, televisions, and baby carriages. Often satirical, her art was inspired by sources as diverse as Pre-Columbian art, Cubism, folk art, and Surrealism.