Pleasure Point: Celebrating 25 Years of Contemporary Collectors

 
 
Friday, Feb 19, 2010-Saturday, May 22, 2010
 at
Nancy Rubins,
Pleasure Point
, 2006, nautical vessels, stainless steel, stainless steel wire. Museum purchase, International and Contemporary Collectors Funds.

Twenty-five years ago, a handful of passionate collectors began a donor group supporting acquisitions at MCASD. The Contemporary Collectors have flourished in the intervening decades and were joined 10 years ago by a second group, the International Collectors.

Pleasure Point will celebrate the achievements of these two support groups by presenting major highlights of the acquisitions they have made possible during the past 25 years. The exhibition’s title takes its name from one of the most ambitious works ever acquired by the Museum, Nancy Rubins’ exuberant site-specific installation Pleasure Point (2006).

The show features over three dozen works in all media by both emerging and prominent artists. Photographs by Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta, and Yasumasa Morimura push the traditional boundaries of portraiture; videos by Bill Viola, Alan Rath, and Gary Hill explore limits of the body and imagination; paintings by Fred Tomaselli, John Currin, and Robert Colescott are by turns lyrical, provocative, and pointedly political; and installations by Sol LeWitt and Petah Coyne directly engage the architecture of the Museum.