November 8 â February 18th, 2006
Reception: November 12th, 7-10 p.m.
A thirty-five year retrospective of Tucson artist Bailey Dooganâs provocative body of work, organized in conjunction with the Tucson Museum of Art, opened September 9th at the Tucson Museum of Art, and will run concurrently at Etherton Gallery from November 8th through February 18th. TMAâs exhibit features Dooganâs work from 1971 through 1998 and Etherton Gallery will show work from 1993 to the present. The exhibition also features a major catalog with accompanying essays by Performance Artist and Writer Joanna Frueh; Art Critic Lucy Lippard; Art Historian Mary Garrard; Artist May Stevens; and TMAâs Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Julie Sasse.
Well-known for her mastery of many mediums, artist Bailey Dooganâs work does not embrace one style, one medium, or the repeated concerns of singular subject matter. Throughout her career Doogan has addressed conventions of female beauty, issues of aging, and the mutable landscape of being. Speaking through the layers of the customary representations of the nude as an art form, Doogan continues to expand her repertoire of imagery so that beauty and the language of the body are synonymous at any age.
Dooganâs sometimes tongue-in-cheek investigations, based in her interpretations of the ambiguous self as it is defined by language, are realized in serial investigations. Derived from two recent series of drawings and paintings, one of the series consists of full figure self portraits that explore, in the artistâs words, âself-examination on a personal and implied national level.â Another, based on a collaboration with the photographer, Ann Simmons-Myers, explores âthe nature of costumes as attributions of expression and disguiseâ¦mirror images of the self: one private, the other public.â
Dooganâs body of work also includes film, and three-dimensional constructions. Her animated film, SCREW, A TECHNICAL LOVE POEM, has won numerous awards and has been previewed in festivals nationally and internationally. At once technically masterful, bantering and ironic, her oeuvre is a powerful resource for the relevant discourse of our time.
Bailey Dooganâs paintings and drawings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues including: The New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Alternative Museum, New York, NY; The Hillwood Museum, Long Island, NY; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; The Nelson Fine Arts Center at Arizona State University; The Phoenix Art Museum and The University of Arizona Museum of Art; The San Antonio Museum of Art; and The Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.