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Project Premiere: Nancy Davidson's "Dustup" at Betty Cuningham Gallery

August 23, 2012

Solo Exhibition at Betty Cuningham Gallery
541 West 25th Street, New York, NY
September 6 – October 6, 2012

Nancy Davidson (2005 Visual Arts) premieres her Creative Capital-supported project, Dustup, with a solo exhibition opening the fall season at Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York. The artist will be in attendance for an opening reception on Thursday, September 6 from 6:00–8:00pm.

Davidson is a sculptor and video artist known for making larger-than-life inflatable sculptures in an ongoing exploration of American icons and Feminist issues. Dustup offers a humorous, absurdist critique of the American cowgirl depicted in popular culture. With this massive inflatable sculpture, suspended in midair and measuring 21 x 16 x 16 feet, Davidson presents the iconic cowgirl as a spectacle to admire, a tall-tale fantasy of western legend. Like an enormous puppet, the Dustup inflatable combines playfulness and grandeur with a rodeo spirit. Davidson draws attention to the overblown, using satire to expand on the American fascination with the overly large, the “Super-Sized.” 

In addition to Dustup, the exhibition will include a video titled All Stories are True and two additional sculptures, Dudette and Rowdyann

Read an interview with Davidson about her project on Creative Capital’s blog, The Lab.

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