[Image: JUDY CHICAGO Untitled Study for Fan Series #4, 1970 Prismacolor on board Framed : 32.7 × 58.2 cm | 12 7/8 × 22 15/16 inch Unique Location: Japan Courtesy of the Artist.]
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Spanning from the 1970s to the present, Bitter Nest brings together a trans-generational group of American artists whose work takes measure of the respective cultural climates in intervals throughout the past half century, acting as societal barometers and presenting truths at various times and in a variety of expressive forms. The show’s title, Bitter Nest, is derived from a quilted series of works by Faith Ringgold, one of the artists at the center of this exhibition.
Artists have long been at the center of the demand for justice in the U.S., holding a mirror, to the nation’s imperfect and improbable union. Weaving together a number of intersectional threads — from feminism to critical race theory, environmental politics and capitalism — the artists on view demonstrate not only an awareness of the myriad issues of their moments, but an awareness of themselves as artists, people, and agents of truth.
In a 1964 text, the poet and revolutionary Amiri Baraka - Faith Ringgold’s contemporary - wrote about the use of personhood and narrative within contemporary art, “Poems have got, literally, to be about something. And the weights of love, murder, history, economics have got to drag whoever’s writing in a personally sanctified direction or else there will be no poems at all. But it is not the direction that’s interesting, or makes literature or art, but the replaying of it, by the poet.”
All of the artists in Bitter Nest are storytellers, harnessing the power of their own subjectivity to change the stakes, and encourage the proliferation, diversification, and retelling of perspective.