Renée Green | Excerpts

Renée Green, Colour Games, 1989, Wood, acrylic, and ink on Masonite, 35 x 19 in / 88.9 x 48.3 cm
ACT at MIT

ACT Professor Renée Green’s first exhibition with Bortolami Gallery, Excerpts, will open on Saturday, September 12th. Since the late 1980s, Green has explored the concept of color in myriad ways. Spanning the artist’s three decades of working with color’s polyvalent effects, the works in Excerpts manifest her open-ended questioning probe of invented yet established taxonomies, in order to play with and to displace designations that may seem to be known.

For the exhibition, Green will present two recent Space Poems, a series of works which expand and contract language and color in order to facilitate its exploration over space and time. Green’s 2020 Space Poem #7 (Color Without Objects: Intra-Active May-Words) is composed of 28 banners hanging from the gallery ceiling, while Space Poem #2 (Laura’s Words) (2011/2020) is a colorful silkscreen suite surrounding the gallery’s perimeter. The exhibition will also include Color / No Color and Colour Games, two late 1980s paintings seeking to dismantle an understanding of color as “natural,” in turn revealing the concept to be a pretext for ever pervasive ideological constructs, but at the same time, as an excellent vehicle for the artists’ poetic imaginings and thought.

Renée Green (b. 1959, Cleveland) is an artist, filmmaker and writer. Solo exhibitions of her work have been mounted at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, Harvard University; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Portikus, Frankfurt; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Vienna Secession; Stichting de Appel, Amsterdam; Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Jeu de Paume, Paris, among many others. Green is also a Professor at the MIT Program of Art, Culture, and Technology, School of Architecture and Planning.