The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced today that they are co-organizing a comprehensive Joan Mitchell retrospective. The exhibition will bring together an array of paintings, drawings, and prints from public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. The exhibition is co-curated by Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming & Research Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University, and Sarah Roberts, SFMOMA Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture. It will open in Baltimore in September 2020, then travel to San Francisco in 2021.
Curators Katy Siegel and Sarah Roberts noted in the museums' announcement: "The exhibition and catalogue will be based on deep primary research and will present new scholarship on Mitchell's life and her extraordinary body of work. We also are convening emerging and established scholars, curators, conservators, writers, and artists to reconsider Mitchell's role in the postwar artistic interchange between the U.S. and France, and to study intensively her materials and process.”
Among the planned exhibition highlights are Mitchell's vibrant response to New York City, East Ninth Street (1956); the abstracted and lush French landscapes Mon Paysage (1967) and No Rain (1976); the grand three-panel painting Bracket (1989); plus a selection of her intensely declarative late paintings from 1991-92. The Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives will also lend a selection of the artist’s sketchbooks and archival photographs, animating both her process and her daily life.
Joan Mitchell in her Vétheuil studio, 1983. Photo by Robert Freson, Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives.