During their decade-long collaboration (1985-1995), Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler produced some of the most profound and influential conceptual art projects of the time, ranging from important public projects and site-specific installations to drawings and mixed media sculptures. Ericson and Ziegler redefined public art in a way that was welcoming to a diverse set of communities. Rather than impose a conspicuous work of art upon a site or situation, the artists devised projects that altered sites subtly, using poetic language and their idiosyncratic wit to illuminate mainstream American contexts and highlight individual community issues.
America Starts Here, the first retrospective exhibition of Ericson and Ziegler’s career, provides a critical analysis of the artists’ still under-appreciated position in the history of twentieth-century art. The exhibition includes sculptures and installations, as well as models and video documents of site-specific works.
A comprehensive catalogue, featuring full-color reproductions of the artists’ work and essays by several prominent curators and critics, accompanies the exhibition.