"My feelings are changing…" Louise Nevelson at the Whitney and the Rose in 1967
Jennifer Bedford, independent curator and writer
When she was 68 years old, Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) received the long overdue recognition of her first retrospective exhibition, held in 1967 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Seizing upon the opportunity, Nevelson attempted to make legible and accessible the immersive and elaborate sense of secrecy and mystery she embodied in her work and in her persona. In revisiting this historic exhibition, we can look again at now-lost installations and lesser-known sculptures as well as investigate Nevelson as a curator. How Nevelson’s exhibition came to be held at the Rose, then just six years old, is a story that needs to be told.
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