Co-organized by the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst (Ludwig Forum) and the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna (mumok), Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise presents a comprehensive survey of the American Pattern and Decoration movement (1975–1985), which emerged among artists committed to feminist causes. This exhibition showcases artwork with wallpaper-like patterns, decorative ornamentation, and aggressively colorful compositions. Artists include Robert S. Zakanitch (b. 1940), Miriam Schapiro (1923–2015), Valerie Jaudon (b. 1954), Joyce Kozloff (b. 1942), and Kim MacConnel (b. 1948), among others. Optimistic and progressive, these artists questioned traditional notions of art while also broaching larger sociopolitical themes in the global art scene, including the position of women, Native Americans, and ethnic minorities.
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