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Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times


Sculptor Sheila Pepe and painter Carrie Moyer have achieved international acclaim through abstract works that are rich with color and materiality and informed by feminist politics. These qualities are displayed in their full splendor in Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times—the first major museum exhibition to explore both the individual practices and collaborative works of this married artist couple—and in this unique and exquisitely designed exhibition catalogue.

Tabernacles for Trying Times reimagines a familiar form of religious furniture—the tabernacle—as a symbolic location for cultural values such as justice, equality, and knowledge. Pepe and Moyer embrace and expand these values in this exhibition, using representations of the tabernacle to create spaces for community and dialogue. Building on this idea, the artists collaborated on a site-specific work, Parlor for the People, wherein the conceptual tabernacle becomes a real-world forum. This site-specific work is reflected in the catalogue through gorgeous photography of the fully installed exhibition.

Along with full-color reproductions of the entire exhibition checklist, Jaime DeSimone, the PMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, offers an introduction and six essays, as well as a lengthy interview with Pepe and Moyer. The words and images couple to provide a marvelous overview of these two vital contemporary artists and this timely exhibition.

Full color. 89 pages.

Smyth Sewn / Case Bound with exposed board cover and spine.

Foil stamped cover.

Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times opened at the PMA on February 7, 2020.

Visit the PMA Vimeo page for an Art at Home conversation with artists Sheila Pepe and Carrie Moyer. While you're there, don't miss out on the opportunity to take a virtual tour of "Tabernacles for Trying Times".