Into Form: Selections from the Rose Collection, 1957-2018

Zilia Sánchez, Las troyanas [The Trojans], 1987-1997


June 20, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Drawn from the museum’s exceptional postwar holdings, Into Form examines the ways in which artists from the late 1950s to the present have sought to break boundaries by questioning representation and notions of medium specificity.

Since its inception, the Rose Art Museum has served, with prescience, as a platform and repository for the art and ideas of our time. Over almost six decades, the museum has collected works by artists, often early in their careers, who have transformed art practices in radical and diverse ways. While American art is a well-recognized strength of the Rose’s permanent collection, the international and multidisciplinary scope of the museum’s holdings—a testament to both curatorial zeal and the visionary donor base that has helped to establish the museum—is lesser known.

Into Form brings together thirty-four works, created by a multi-generational group of artists, which investigate hybridity and challenge rigid notions of representation. A tension between organic and geometric abstraction runs throughout the exhibition, showing long-standing concerns to connect artistic practice to the body and to natural phenomena, as well as a desire to distill forms to their most essential expression.

The selection includes works on paper, painting, sculpture, and video, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the Rose’s permanent collection.

Permanent collection artists on view:
Anni Albers, Richard Anuskiewicz, Ralph Coburn, Haris Epaminonda, Sam Francis, Jenny Holzer, Tishan Hsu, Alex Hubbard, Jasper Johns, Julio Le Parc, Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Dianna Molzan, Kenneth Noland, Joe Overstreet, Daniel Pflumm, Leon Polk Smith, Zilia Sanchez, Jesus Rafael Soto, Cy Twombly, and Pieter Vermeersch.

Organized by Luis A. Croquer, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator.

Into Form is made possible and supported by the Rose Exhibition Fund.