Plains Art Museum presents Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters as the third installment of the Mothers of Invention exhibition series. A self-described “materialist,” Sandra Menefee Taylor is a visual artist with a multimedia sensibility. She engages with materials through sight, touch, and smell to create sculptural installations composed of found and made objects that push the boundaries of the roles of the artist and audience and the act of art-making.
Taylor’s work is deeply informed by her upbringing on a farm in southern Minnesota and by her participation in the feminist art movement of the 1960s and 1970s as a member of the Minnesota-based feminist collective, Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM). Resisting tidy categorization, her artistic practice spans a wide range of media and techniques through which she underscores the poetics of life. Guest curated by Laura Wertheim Joseph, an O’Brien Curatorial Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, this dazzling show features Taylor’s early works installed alongside new and emerging ones.
Taylor participated in the Arts Core Program at the College of St. Catherine (1975-76), after which she earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1976) and pursued studies at United Theological Seminary (2006-07). The artist continues to study dance, contact improvisation, and mask theater. Her work is in prominent private and corporate collections and in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Historical Society, among others.
Exhibition and catalogue supported by Jody Augstadt, Carmen Borshad, Carmen Bruhn, Joann Colville, Sandi Dahl, Deborah Davy, Sarah Gray, Mary Ivers, Kimberly Mehlhoff, Peggy Mickelson, Naomi Nakamoto, Jennifer Paulsrud, Carol Rogne, Shari Scapple, Carol Schlossman, Marjorie Schlossman, Mary Schlossman, Gin Templeton and Fargo–Moorhead Area Foundation Women’s Fund.
Sandra Menefee Taylor, Dirt and Gravity (detail), 2014. Mixed-media installation. Photograph by Cody Jacobson. Courtesy of Plains Art Museum.