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About Face
Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

February 02 through May 12, 2019

On view in the Atrium, Blackmon, Rushton Stakely, Richard, Weil, and Goldman Galleries


About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture explores the lineage and influence between the revolutionary first generation of artists working in the figural genre and contemporary artists. The exhibition will investigate how history and place inform the work of contemporary ceramists bringing 91 objects by more than 40 emerging, mid-career, and master artists from around the nation who work within a narrative figurative clay tradition. Creating both sculptural and relief objects, from busts to full figures, the artists all highlight the human form as a way to explore issues relating to the body, to various cultural ties, and to ideas of the female/male gaze.

About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture will travel to 2 venues in 2020 after its tenure at the MMFA: The Art Museum of South Texas and the Figge Art Museum. It will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays by Glenn Adamson and MMFA Curator of Contemporary Art, Jennifer Jankauskas. The opening of the exhibition is January 31, 2019.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.


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Ted Rowland


Peggy and Maurice Mussafer

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About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

Publication Date: January 2019
88 pages
This catalogue features a foreword by Director Angie Dodson and two essays: one by Glenn Adamson, expert in craft, ceramic, and contemporary art, and one by MMFA Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas, Ph.D. The exhibition catalogue also includes color photography of select works in the exhibition.

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Wesley Anderegg Chris Antemann Robert Arneson
Rudy Autio Russell Biles Jerry Brown
Judith Condon Cynthia Consentino Cristina Córdova
Miriam Davis Jack Earl Edward S. Eberle
Sean Erwin Viola Frey Alessandra Gallo
David Gilhooly Georgia Jones Godwin Gerit Grimm
Sergei Isupov Doug Jeck Howard Kottler
Curt Lacross Peter Lenzo Michael Lucero
Walter McConnell Gerardo Monterrubio Jim Neel
Virgil Ortiz Clifton Pearson Andrew Raftery
Allan Rosenbaum Katy Rush Akio Takamori
Yoshio Taylor Jason Walker Kurt Weiser
Christina West Beatrice Wood Kerry Wooten
Kensuke Yamada Sunkoo Yuh


Sergei Isupov (Russian, born 1963; lives and works in Cunningham, MA), Exhale, 2016, paint on plywood, Lent by the artist and Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, Massachusetts

Cynthia Consentino (American, born 1962), Birdies II, 2015, ceramics, altered figurines, and mixed media, Lent by the artist and Harmon Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Judith Condon (American), Male Figure with Angels, ca. 1995, ceramic, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, Gift of Judity Condon and Connell Gallery, Photograph courtesy of the Mobile Museum of Art, 2003.18.10

Sean Erwin (American, born 1981), Red Skies at Dawn, 2010, porcelain and earthenware, glaze, and fabric, Lent by the artist

Featured image:

Photography of installation of the exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.