This is the first museum retrospective surveying over two decades of Andrea Bowers’s practice. For over thirty years, Bowers has worked in a variety of mediums, from video to colored pencil to installation art, and speaks directly to pressing national issues. Her work combines an artistic practice with activism and advocacy, giving voice to stories rarely seen or heard. She built an international reputation as a chronicler of contemporary history, documenting activism as it unfolds and collecting research on the frontlines of protest. Her subject matter contends with issues like immigration, workers’ rights, environmentalism, and women’s rights, presented in a range of media. Her empathetic and labor-intensive practice draws attention to the humanity impacted by injustice—shifting the conversation from politics to people. The exhibition is co-organized the MCA Chicago and the Hammer Museum of Art.
On February 22, 1987 Andy Warhol died unexpectedly from complications following routine gallbladder surgery at the age of 58.