Mel Ziegler and Kate Ericson Present "Grandma's Cupboard" at UMOCA

Aug 28 2015 - Dec 19 2015


Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT




Visual Arts

During their prolific collaboration (1985-1995), Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler produced some of the most profound conceptual art projects of the late twentieth century. Ranging from socially engaged works and site-specific installations to drawings and mixed media sculptures, Ericson and Ziegler redefined public art in a way that was welcoming to a diverse set of communities.

Prior to Ericson’s premature death in 1995, Ericson and Ziegler devised interventions that altered sites subtly, using serial form, poetic language, and wit to illuminate mainstream American contexts and individual community issues. UMOCA’s exhibition, Grandma’s Cupboard, traces the social, political, and aesthetic threads of their practice. Through two parallel surveys, this show highlights important projects from Ericson and Ziegler’s extensive collaboration, along with a selection of works from Ziegler’s solo career.

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