Circles Curator Tour: Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism

Jan 11, 2018, 4pm

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Circles of Support members are invited to join Gilbert Vicario, the Selig Family Chief Curator, for an exclusive Circles curator-led tour of Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism.

Phoenix Art Museum is organizing the first mid-career survey on the work of Sheila Pepe. For over twenty years, Pepe has constructed large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made out of domestic and industrial fibrous materials. Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism examines how the artist often plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions of recognized or accepted forms of art making. Because Pepe’s works are often site-dependent, there is a critical relationship to traditional boundaries of museum display that are essential to her sculptural practice. While personal and cultural narratives often play a vital role in Pepe’s artistic practice, her work is left open to multiple interpretations.

3:45 p.m.             Registration opens
4:00 p.m.             Tour

Space is limited. RSVP by Thursday, January 4, 2018, to 602-257-2115 or

Not a Circles member? Join here or call the Circles of Support office at 602-257-2115.

Image Credit

Sheila Pepe, Red Hook at Bedford Terrace (detail with artist), 2008. Shoelaces, cotton yarn, and nautical towline. Variable dimensions. Smith College Museum of Art, Purchased with gifts from members of the Museum’s Visiting Committee in honor of the retirement of Ann Johnson. 

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