Opener 33
Sarah Cain—Enter the Center

Sarah Cain brings rooms to life with experiments in color, composition, and non-conformity. Cain modifies canvases by cutting, sewing, and attaching found objects. She also paints floors, walls, and furniture on-site, grounding each space she occupies in the present tense. Her process of creation and destruction is steeped in the history of painting and feminist art practices. Enter the Center features more than a dozen major paintings from 2012 through 2020, a site-specific hand-painted gallery floor, painted furniture, and a new facsimile artist book.
Sarah Cain was born in Albany, New York, in 1979 and grew up in nearby Kinderhook. She earned her MFA at the University of California Berkeley in California and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Recent solo exhibitions include We Will Walk Right Up to The Sun at the San Francisco International Airport; My favorite season is the fall of the patriarchy at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and Sarah Cain: In Nature at The Momentary, Bentonville, Arkansas. In 2014, she was included in I was a double at the Tang Teaching Museum. Cain currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Exhibition Name
Opener 33
Sarah Cain—Enter the Center
Exhibition Type
Opener Series
Solo Exhibitions
Wachenheim Gallery
Jul 10, 2021 - Dec 19, 2021
Opener 33: Sarah Cain—Enter the Center is curated by Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with the artist.
Sarah Cain
Student Staff
Silas in front of a snow covered hill with a building in the background.
Silas Seno Mitchell
Curatorial Intern
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