Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door

Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door breaks down perceived boundaries to connect global and local narratives through subjects as wide-ranging as the moth that pollinates Yucca plants, ancient Greek vases, West African D’mba, and modern technologies. The exhibition presents paintings, sculpture, prints, collages, and videos—with different media frequently intermixed in a single work, including a new monumental figure being shown for the first time. Using the same techniques and styles to make art for viewing on the gallery wall as for the rugs she walks on and clothes she wears, Wilson challenges the separations between art and everyday living. Often biographically oriented, her work investigates the polarities of human life, including her own identity as a biracial woman and her experiences living in both major metropolises and the small desert railroad town of Carrizozo, New Mexico.
Wilson’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and is in the permanent collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Albuquerque Museum, the New York Public Library, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Tang Teaching Museum, among others. Born in Chicago, Wilson earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and MFA from Columbia University in New York. She is the cofounder of the artist-run organizations Carrizozo Artist-in-Residency and MoMAZoZo.
Exhibition Name
Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
Wachenheim Gallery
Jul 15, 2023 - Dec 30, 2023
Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door is organized by Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara in collaboration with the artist.
Paula Wilson
Student Staff
A young, light-skinned man smiles in front of an abstract, neutral-colored painting.
Evan Little '22
Curatorial Assistant
Past: Curatorial Intern, Student Advisory Council, 2020-21 Charina Endowment Fund Endowed Intern, Gallery Monitor Associate
Mel standing in front of a colorful, abstract painting.
Mel Douer
2023-24 Charina Endowment Fund Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council Chair, past: Curatorial Intern, Tang Guide
A young, light-skinned woman with dark red hair, wearing a back jacket, smiles in front of yellow trees.
Sasha Fishstein
Curatorial Intern, past: Digital Media Intern, Student Advisory Council Vice Chair
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Chiara Garcia-Ugarte
2023-24 Carole Marchand Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council, past: Registrarial Intern, Tang Guide
Willa Flink
Registrarial Intern, Student Advisory Council
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