Sept. 2 – Dec. 8, 2016
The first retrospective for this highly influential feminist artist featured a selection
of works from Wilding’s studio practice spanning the past forty years. The nationally
touring exhibition highlighted a range of works on paper – drawings, watercolors,
collage and paintings – exhibited together for the first time.
Taking up key, allegorical imagery in Wilding’s work, Fearful Symmetries focused on themes of “becoming,” both the transformative event itself and the threshold to transfiguration. Imagery of leaves, chrysalides and hybrid beings fill Wilding’s work. Videos of her two prominent performances, “Waiting,” 1974, and “Wait-With,” 2007, also explored such liminal circumstances. The tour’s fourth stop marked Wilding’s first solo exhibition in a Texas visual arts space.
Wilding immigrated to the United States in 1961 from Paraguay. In the early 1970s she was a key figure in the formation of the first Feminist Art Program in Fresno and at the California Institute of the Arts, where she also received her MFA.
Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries is a traveling exhibition curated by Shannon R. Stratton in collaboration with Faith Wilding. The exhibition originated at Threewalls in Chicago, IL in January 2014 with an archive, reading room and screenings curated by Abigail Satinsky. Assistance in presenting the exhibition at UHCL is provided by Verva Densmore and is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.