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Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter

Mildred Howard U.S. Savings Bonds & Westside Court 3, mixed-media collage. Photo: Gallery Paule Anglim

Over the course of four decades, Mildred Howard has created rich and evocative work by taking common objects of daily life and infusing them with the spark of meaning to illuminate the underlying significance and historical weight of cultural form. In free-standing sculpture, in wall-mounted musings, in graphic explorations and in representations of shelter, Howard has developed a language to address racism, injustice, need and compassion.

Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter will showcase a selection of works that present some of the artist’s most iconic sculptures as well as graphic works never before exhibited. Long admired for her direct and forthright reflections on society, Howard will be exhibiting work which incorporates her own image, popular images and anonymous photography. Whether taking found objects for use in assemblage or layering complex collaged works on paper, Howard imbues her artwork with the spirit of personal and community history as she reveals the matter at hand in the materiality of the object.
Guest curated by Jan Wurm.

News Coverage

Mildred Howard at Richmond Art Center: Wide Range of Moods, SF Chronicle, April 17, 2015
Mildred Howard on Art, Race, and Memory, Radio Free Richmond, April 1, 2015
Why Mildred Howard wields 130 butcher knives for art, SF Chronicle, March 18, 2015

Public Programs
Mildred Howard in Conversation: Sun, Mar 29, 1 pm, free
Don Farnsworth — Magnifying Magnolia and Mildred: Sun, Apr 19, 2 – 3:30 pm, free
Workshop — Boxing Our Memories: Sun, May 3, 2 – 3:30 pm, free
Del Sol String Quartet Performance & Special Reception: Sun, May 17, 2 pm, $20 suggested donation
And Then There Were None — Closing Reception: Sun, May 24, 3 – 5 pm, free

Watch the exhibition videos:

Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter showcased a selection of works that presented some of the artist’s most iconic sculptures as well as graphic works never before exhibited.

Video 1Life and Work of Mildred Howard.
Curator Jan Wurm introduces us to the life and work of Mildred Howard.
Video 2: A Conversation with Mildred Howard.
Over the course of four decades, Mildred Howard has created rich and evocative work by taking common objects of daily life and infusing them with the spark of meaning to illuminate the underlying significance and historical weight of cultural form. In free-standing sculpture, in wall-mounted musings, in graphic explorations and in representations of shelter, Howard has developed a language to address racism, injustice, need and compassion.
Video 3Mildred Howard’s Safe House Installation.
Curator Jan Wurm explores Safe House, one of Mildred Howard’s installations.
Video 4: Elements in Mildred Howard’s Assemblages.
Curator Jan Wurm analyzes the elements in some of Mildred Howard’s assemblages.
Video 5: Mildred Howard’s Collages.
Curator Jan Wurm discusses some of Mildred Howard’s collages.

Sponsors
Funding has been generously provided by the Jay DeFeo Trust and Oliver & Company.

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