Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art

February 25, 2021 to September 19, 2021

 Located in the Tobin Exhibition Galleries and AT&T Lobby

Yayoi Kusama, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016. Wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED. Collection of Dallas Museum of Art, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund. ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro

Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art grew out of the McNay’s highly successful 2018 exhibition Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations. Like ImmersedLimitless! includes a room-sized environment by the phenomenal Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Unlike its predecessor, the new exhibition features artworks only by women artists—joining Kusama’s installation are examples by Martine Gutierrez, Letitia Huckaby, Sandy Skoglund, and Jennifer Steinkamp. While the McNay has a history of exhibiting and collecting the work of women artists—grounded in the Museum’s founding by Marion Koogler McNay—Limitless! pushes this Museum-wide commitment in exciting new directions.

Sandy Skoglund, The Cocktail Party, 1992. Inkjet print. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Given anonymously. © Sandy Skoglund

Letitia Huckaby’s wall installation in the McNay’s AT&T Lobby initiates the groundbreaking exhibition experience with the artist’s haunting imagery. Martine Gutierrez’s fanciful videos explore the intersections of film, fashion, and music, and are presented in a club-like setting that echoes the stylish character of the videos. Sandy Skoglund’s whimsical The Cocktail Party, from the McNay collection, is paired with the newest installation by the artist, titled Winter. Jennifer Steinkamp’s mesmerizing video, Botanic 3, also from the McNay’s collection, appears as a swirling, wall-sized animation. Finally, Kusama’s fantastical pumpkin patch immerses viewers in a world that only this artist can envision.

Jennifer Steinkamp, Still from Botanic 3
, 2016. Video installation. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum. ©Jennifer Steinkamp

Limitless! is organized with a focus on exploring how artists of different generations manifest their ideas and make them relevant to their own and future audiences. The artwork of these five reflects the dynamic and dramatic shifts occurring in the visual arts over the past several decades. No matter their age or approach, one thing is common among all five: each artist defies categorization and has followed her own singular vision regardless of art world trends and industry expectations.

Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art is organized for the McNay Art Museum by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs, with Lauren Thompson, Assistant Curator.

Presenting sponsorship most generously provided by Bank of America. Lead funding provided by the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation. Major funding provided by the McCombs Foundation.