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Lisa Yuskavage, Snowman, 2008. Oil on linen. 72 x 57-1/2 inches (182.9 x 146.1 cm). © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner. Private collection.

Lisa Yuskavage, Snowman, 2008. Oil on linen. 72 x 57-1/2 inches (182.9 x 146.1 cm). © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner. Private collection. 

Necessary Angels: Jesse Murry & Lisa Yuskavage

August 26 – December 3, 2022
USF Contemporary Art Museum

Exhibition Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Thursday 10am-8pm; Saturday 1-4pm; Closed Sundays and University Holidays (Sept. 5, Nov. 11, 24, 25); Special Hours August 26, 6:30-9pm.

08/26/22 - Gallery Tour + Opening Reception for Jesse Murry: Rising and Necessary Angels: Jesse Murry & Lisa Yuskavage

09/01/22 - Lisa Yuskavage Artist Talk

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The USF Contemporary Art Museum is proud to present two concurrent and interrelated exhibitions, Jesse Murry: Rising and Necessary Angels: Jesse Murry & Lisa Yuskavage.

Jesse Murry and Lisa Yuskavage met while attending Yale School of Art, where they received their MFAs in 1986. The bonds of their creative friendship are explored in USFCAM’s concurrent exhibition Necessary Angels: Jesse Murry & Lisa Yuskavage. Besides giving proof to the idea that artistic friendship can transcend simple influence and achieve higher dimensions of collaboration spurred on by mutual learning, respect, and love, Necessary Angels features rarely seen paintings on paper by Murry and celebrated paintings and watercolors by Yuskavage. Organized by USFCAM Curator-at-Large Christian Viveros-Fauné, the exhibition constitutes only the second time since their Yale 1986 MFA thesis show that Murry's and Yuskavage's work has been presented under the same roof.

Necessary Angels: Jesse Murry & Lisa Yuskavage was curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, and organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum.

Jesse Murry, Untitled (CR7), n.d. Paint on paper. 10-1/4 x 14-1/8 inches (26 x 35.9 cm). © 2022 The Jesse Murry Foundation, New York. Courtesy of The Jesse Murry Foundation, New York. Photograph by Will Lytch.

Jesse Murry, Untitled (CR7), n.d. Paint on paper. 10-1/4 x 14-1/8 inches (26 x 35.9 cm). © 2022 The Jesse Murry Foundation, New York. Courtesy of The Jesse Murry Foundation, New York. Photograph by Will Lytch. 

About Jesse Murry

Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and raised in White Plains, New York, Jesse Murry (1948–1993) studied art and philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College. Following his graduation in 1976, Murry moved to New York City, where he immersed himself in the contemporary art world. His essays on artists such as Hans Hofmann and Howard Hodgkin appeared in a range of publications and catalogues, including Arts Magazine. In 1982, he curated Currents: The Reverend Howard Finster at the New Museum. After two years of teaching art history and exhibiting at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Murry enrolled in the Yale School of Art at the age of thirty-six, where he took classes with Andrew Forge, Jake Berthot, and Harold Bloom. Murry received his MFA in 1986 and staged his first New York solo exhibition at Sharpe Gallery the following year. During this period, he was awarded the Mellon Individual Project Grant and the Pollock-Krasner Grant.

About Lisa Yuskavage

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lisa Yuskavage (1962) is widely celebrated as one of the world’s most important and influential painters. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1984 and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1986. Yuskavage's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at numerous institutions worldwide and is held in prominent public collections. In 2020-2021, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Aspen Art Museum co-organized a solo presentation of the artist's work, Wilderness, focusing on the ways she has used landscape in her work since her earliest watercolors. Yuskavage's monumentally scaled painting Bonfire (2013–2015) is currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as part of the permanent collection exhibition Knowledge of the Past Is the Key to the Future. Her large-scale 2021 painting Pink Studio (Rendezvous) is currently on view on the second floor of the Museum of Modern Art.

About JarreTt Earnest

Jarrett Earnest is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (2018), editor of Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Art Writings 1988–2018 by Peter Schjeldahl (2019). He recently curated Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP at David Zwirner, New York (Spring 2021).

Lisa Yuskavage, Tit Heaven for Hippies, 1993. Watercolor on paper. 11-7/8 x 8-1/4 inches (30.2 x 21 cm). © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner. Private collection.

Lisa Yuskavage, Tit Heaven for Hippies, 1993. Watercolor on paper. 11-7/8 x 8-1/4 inches (30.2 x 21 cm). © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner. Private collection.

SPONSORS

Necessary Angels: Jesse Murry & Lisa Yuskavage and related programs at CAM are supported in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation; the Lee & Victor Leavengood Endowment; the ACE (Art for Community Engagement) Fund Patrons; Strategic Property Partners and Water Street Tampa; and the USF student organization CAM Club.

 

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