Pacita Abad. Cross-cultural Dressing (Julia, Amina, Maya, and Sammy). 1993. Oil, cloth, plastic buttons on stitched and padded canvas. Courtesy of Pacita Abad Art Estate and Spike Island, Bristol. Photo: Max McClure

Pacita Abad, Melissa Cody: Webbed Skies, & Regina José Galindo: Tierra
MoMA PS1 Art Institution
22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101
Opens April 4th, 2024 

Thursday, April 4, the MoMA PS1 Art Institute will open three landmark exhibitions of women artists. The institute emphasizes that these exhibitions will be “monumental and meticulously detailed, unapologetically feminist and visually stunning” and will “stop you in your tracks.” 

As stated in the press release, Pacita Abad‘s first major retrospective will celebrate an under-recognized artist with a presentation of over 50 textiles, costumes, ceramics, and works on paper, most of which have never before been seen in the US. From April 4th to September 2nd, the retrospective exhibit will span the artist’s 32-year career. As mentioned in MoMA PS1’s official description of the exhibit, the presentation celebrates the multifaceted work of an artist whose vibrant visual, material, and conceptual concerns push forward salient conversations around globalization, power, and resilience.

Pacita Abad. Old Dhaka. 1978. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Pacita Abad Art Estate. Photo: Rik Sferra for Walker Art Center

Melissa Cody, a fourth-generation Navajo/Diné weaver, builds on traditional techniques with new technology to create masterful works in experimental palettes and patterns. In Melissa Cody: Webbed Skies, the institute will showcase how Cody “assembles and reimagines popular patterns into sophisticated geometric overlays, incorporating atypical dyes and fibers”. The exhibit will be on view from April 4th to September 9th.

Melissa Cody. Untitled. 2022. Wool warp, weft, selvedge cords, and aniline dyes. 8′10′′ x 56′′ (269 x 142 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Regina José Galindo’s monumental video installation explores connections between the exploitation of labor, resources, and human life in Guatemala—marking the first in a series of presentations premiering works from MoMA’s collection at PS1. On view from April 4th to August 26th, Regina José Galindo: Tierra will have Galindo standing naked on a parcel of land excavated by an encroaching bulldozer.

The MoMA PS1’s description of the upcoming exhibition highlights, “Conjuring imagery of machine-dug mass graves, the work draws attention to the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people, mostly Maya Ixil, during the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–96).” 

Regina José Galindo. Tierra (still). 2013. High-definition video (color, sound). 33 mins, 30 secs. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mario Cader-Frech through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund

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