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Donald Moffett: The Radiant Future and Mr. Gay in the U.S.A.

Nov. 16, 2012–Jan. 11, 2013

Canzani Center Gallery (map it)

Donald Moffett’s paintings shift our expectations of what a painting should be. They are oil on panel, to be sure, but each blade, hair, and fiber of paint is methodically extruded onto the picture plane so that the surfaces resemble curiously, radiantly pigmented AstroTurf. In The Radiant Future, Moffett’s fetishistic process is contextualized with his established repertoire of holes—as well as with “holding” structures that in some cases might be more correctly described as contraptions. There is inherent tension in the pairing of mere straps and chains with the finely cultivated paintings, an elegant equilibrium of texture and weight.

Mr. Gay in the U.S.A. is a suite of 17 courtroom drawings from the case of Ronald Gay, a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Gay, who resented the homosexual community for changing the common definition of his last name, entered a busy Virginia gay bar on a Friday night in 2000 and opened fire, wounding six and killing one. Quickly apprehended, he pled guilty. Moffett executed the drawings on site during Gay’s sentencing.

An original member of ACT UP and the AIDS activist collective Gran Fury, Moffett has been—and continues to be—a persistent and influential presence on the New York art scene. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; among others. A mid-career survey of his work, The Extravagant Vein, is on view at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, through Sept 9.

Also on exhibit in the Canzani Center Gallery: Byron Kim's The Sunday Paintings, Nov. 16, 2012–Jan. 11, 2013 and Simulacrum, Nov. 17, 2012–Jan. 11, 2013.

Gallery Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. If you would like to support programs like this, please donate any amount online (choose the "exhibitions and visiting artists & scholars" option).

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