February 4, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Image Credit: Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Rockholes and Country Near the Olgas, 2007. Synthetic polymer paint on linen. 72 x 106 inches. Private Collection. Image courtesy of Gagosian, photo by Rob McKeever. ©Estate of Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri / Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2020

The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum shares GYRE, a series of eight, one-week, one-work exhibitions from February 4–March 28.  Like the center point of a gyre, each work is the locus of an encircling current of activities designed to encourage mindful looking and active engagement with art.  GYRE embraces the notion that art is the source, the material, and the inspiration for what the museum co-creates as a community. 

Artists of GYREJohn Baldessari, James Griffith, David R. Harper, Phung Huynh, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Eugenia Vargas Pereira, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, and Keith Walsh

This exhibition re-centers the museum’s activities around seeing art and sitting with it, free from distraction and expectation. Director Paul Baker Prindle shares, “A stripped down, focused presentation of works of art offers the chance to get back to basics and rediscover what we love about art in the first place. For many members of our communities, GYRE may catalyze discovery, exploration, and learning.” By spotlighting single works of art one at a time, open-ended consideration of individual artworks free from the framing context of an exhibition theme becomes more possible and likely.  New seating in the gallery and a feedback wall invites contemplation, reflection, and easier exchange of ideas among visitors. 

Eight artworks, curated from Kleefeld Contemporary’s permanent collection and on loan from collectors and artists, reflect a variety of backgrounds, stories, and media:

Eugenia Vargas Pereira
Body Art: Self Portrait, 1986-87
February 4–February 8

Keith Walsh
The Trotsky Dialectics, 2019
February 11–February 15

John Baldessari
Plant with Heart, 1987
February 18 –February 22

Phung Huynh
Boys Will Be Boys, 2002
February 25–February 29

James Griffith
The Sun and the Gravity of Radiance #2, 2020
March 3–March 7

David R. Harper
Devises, 2016
March 10–March 14

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri
Rockholes and Country Near the Olgas, 2007
March 17–March 21

Nery Gabriel Lemus
A Memorial to Three Unknown Females, 2016
March 24–March 28 


Banner Image: 

Phung Huynh
Boys Will Be Boys (2002)
Oil paint and collage on unstretched canvas
Private collection
Courtesy of the Artist