Continuing the cycle of banner exhibitions, this series shifts the emphasis from written text to craft, traditionally a woman’s province. Jim Hodges pursues love’s trajectory from its inception in the constellations to a golden field on the other side where it resonates to the sounds of wind chimes. The banner by the Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes operates with a different pulse; it throbs with the heated sensuality of a swirling curvaceous ornament. Faith Ringgold’s banner, based on her 1991 quilt Matisse’s Chapel, invites a different kind of reflection on race and gender. Poetic, sensuous, and political, the banners reflect each artist’s sensibility and beliefs.
Projects 70: Banners II: Jim Hodges, Beatriz Milhazes, Faith Ringgold
August 29–October 31, 2000 The Museum of Modern Art