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Rebecca Manson: Barbecue
On view through August 25, 2024
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas

Organized by the Modern’s Assistant Curator Clare Milliken, this is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition and is accompanied by a publication. The immersive exhibition is displayed in the Modern’s elliptical gallery on the first floor.

“Barbecue” is a site-responsive installation that both distills and magnifies core elements central to Manson’s work. Comprised of thousands of individually crafted ceramic leaves, flowers, a barbecue grill, and assorted detritus that swell into piles, Barbecue allows for moments of self-reflection. The mounds, some standing over six feet high, are piled against the walls of the ellipse, creating a path inviting visitors to explore the space. Manson’s visual language derives from nature but elicits the complexities of human experience, evoking universal questions about life, mortality, anxiety, nostalgia, memory, and humanity’s connection to nature. The leaves not only relate to the cyclical nature of a person’s life, changing from one season to another, but also to the internal struggle to either collect and contain one’s emotions or release them.

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[Image: Rebecca Manson, Barbecue, 2024. Porcelain, glaze, steel, adhesives and glass. Dimensions variable. © Rebecca Manson. Courtesy of the Artist.]