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Exhibit Design & Museum-Related Projects: Norton Simon Museum

Ink, Paper, Stone:
Six Women Artists & The Language of Lithography

October 14, 2022–February 13, 2023


This exhibit examines the prints of six critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s: Ruth Asawa, Gego, Eleanore Mikus, Louise Nevelson, Irene Siegel and Hedda Sterne. Each woman received a two-month fellowship at the famed Tamarind Lithography Workshop. With its mission to train master printers and pair them with visiting artists, Tamarind was a nexus for the revival of the medium in America. Though each of the artists in this exhibition had already established her reputation in other media by the time of her visit—and only two had made lithographs before—they all found that lithography offered fascinating, new possibilities for exploring their aesthetic interests.


Showcasing prints from the permanent collection, the display is punctuated by angular walls with biographies and candid photographs of the artists.


All images are © Norton Simon Museum, 2022


The title wall with introduction to the exhibit, highlighted by "polaroids" of all six artists


A view towards the title wall with Gego's folding book in the foreground


Prints were hung salon style for artist Ruth Asawa, shown here


Salon style prints by artist Hedda Sterne


The gallery walls were painted in neutral tones of gray and cream, punctuated by the black biographies.


View from the gallery entrance


Wall colors darkened as one moved through the space


A video capturing the process of making stone lithographs is shown on a loop in the last gallery

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