Trade & Transformation
Oct 18, 2023 - Dec 30, 2023
Every object holds a story.
Across time and cultures, makers have embedded the objects they create with diverse histories and understandings. When these objects are traded between cultures and across continents, people have the opportunity to encounter different perceptions of the world, creating bridges towards new understandings.
Trade & Transformation examines the intersections of contemporary artwork by global artists and historical objects across the Philbrook collections. Tracing the stories held within these objects, the exhibition is an opportunity to explore cross-cultural and trans-continental relationships, experiences, intentions, and implications.
Yeesookyung (South Korean, b. 1963). Translated Vase 2018 TVG 4, 2018. Ceramic shards, epoxy, and 24K gold leaf, 40 × 30 × 30″. Tia Collection, Santa Fe, NM. ©️ Yeesookyung
Nick Cave (American, b. 1959). Soundsuit, 2021. Mixed Media (vintage ceramic birds, wire, beads, fabric, metal, and mannequin), 98 1/2 × 46 × 42″. Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Museum purchase, Taber Art Fund, 2022.3 a-f. ©️ Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Yinka Shonibare CBE (British-Nigerian, b. 1962). Bling Painting, 2013. Acrylic on Dutch wax printed cotton textile, toys adorned with colored diamantes, and metallic gold emulsion, 98 3/8 × 244 1/8 × 2 3/4″. Tia Collection, Santa Fe, NM. ©️ Yinka Shonibare CBE. All Rights Reserved, DACS/ ARS, NY 2023