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May Stevens: Mysteries, Politics, and Seas of Words
March 26, 2021
March 26–June 9, 2021
SITE Santa Fe presents May Stevens: Mysteries, Politics, and Seas of Words—a survey of the career of internationally recognized painter May Stevens (1924-2019), curated by Brandee Caoba and Lucy R. Lippard. Stevens was a founding member of Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics, and an original Guerrilla Girl at the feminist group’s founding in 1985. May Stevens: Mysteries, Politics, and Seas of Words includes paintings from 1963 to 2008, a full collection of Heresies, and screenings of The Heretics, a feature-length documentary film written and directed by collective member, Joan Braderman.
Throughout her seventy-year career, Stevens made art to combat social injustice and amplify voices of women throughout history. She firmly believed that art must be used for social commentary, not just personal expression. Her studio practice engaged with many social movements including Civil Rights, anti-Vietnam War, and Feminism. Stevens’ paintings comment on historical, political, and social conditions as well as the human condition,
including poignant meditations on loss and grief.
Image: May Stevens, This Is Not Landscape, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 78 in. Copyright May Stevens. Courtesy the estate of the artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York.