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Opening Reception for Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone

Fri, July 15th, 2022
5:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

Join us for a toast to celebrate the opening of Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone from 5 to 8 p.m.

Start your evening with refreshments in the Lawrence Hall rotunda. Remarks will begin at 6 p.m., after which you are invited to explore the galleries and enjoy live music by Misty Blues, featuring Williams’ own Gina Coleman ’90.

Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone is a full reconsideration of the multidisciplinary practice of one of the twentieth century’s great artists. Rising to prominence in the downtown New York art scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Mary Ann Unger (1945–1998) was skilled in graphic composition, watercolor, large-scale conceptual sculpture, and environmentally-responsive, site-specific interventions. At the time of her death, Unger was a member of the Guerrilla Girls and was acknowledged as a feminist pioneer of neo-expressionist sculptural form. To Shape a Moon from Bone reexamines the formal and cultural intricacies of Unger’s oeuvre, as well as the critical environmental themes suffusing the monumental installations. The exhibition repositions Unger within and against the male-dominated New York sculpture scene in the last decades of the twentieth century.

Image: Mary Ann Unger, Shanks, 1996–97. Hydrocal over steel. 109 x 98 x 34 inches. Williams College Museum of Art. © Mary Ann Unger Estate 2022

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