Opener 17
Nicole Eisenman: The Way We Weren’t

Nicole Eisenman’s psychologically revealing work includes installations, drawings, animations, and, increasingly, paintings. Eisenman’s unique brand of humor permeates her work. Simultaneously playful, biting, and raunchy, she challenges cultural and social norms associated with gender and sexuality, popular culture, and the current art scene.

Nicole Eisenman: The Way We Weren’t features a new series of paintings that extend her perceptive social critique. Surly and melancholic figures crowd her scenes of street corners and beer gardens, drowning their shared discontent in alcohol and reveling in the anonymity of the crowd.

While Eisenman’s disenchanted figures feel unmistakably contemporary, the scenes also hearken back to earlier times, recalling Impressionist and German Expressionist paintings that share a similar fascination with human interaction and isolation.
Exhibition Name
Opener 17
Nicole Eisenman: The Way We Weren’t
Exhibition Type
Opener Series
Solo Exhibitions
Malloy Wing
Sep 26, 2009 - Jan 3, 2010
Opener 17: Nicole Eisenman – The Way We Weren’t is organized by the Susan Rabinowitz Malloy ’45 Curator Ian Berry in collaboration with the artist
Nicole Eisenman
Student Staff
Emily Devoe
Exhibitions Assistant
Brooke Williams
Exhibitions Assistant
Jordan Klein
Exhibitions Assistant
Pattern by Atlan Arceo-Witzl ’18

Inspired by the exhibition:

Other Side:
Art, Object, Self
The Tang Pattern Project began in 2017 with research on cultural institutions’ branding by Design Intern Mallika Acharya ’18. It progressed into a collaboration organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger with past and current Tang Design Interns to propose a Tang Museum branding refresh. Their new patterns draw inspiration from the Museum’s exhibition history.