(not so) Simple Pleasures: Pleasure and Contentment in Contemporary Art SHOWING:

ShowingDecember 8, 1989 -
February 3, 1990


Judie Bamber

Michael Banicki

John Currin

Ronald Jones

Ken Lum

Alexis Rockman

Joyce Scott

Andres Serrano

Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz

Masami Teraoka


This exhibition investigates painting, sculpture, crafts, and photography by ten artists from across the United States and Canada who uses various subtle strategies to embed contentious content within an attractive object or image. With its selection of pleasant landscapes and nature scenes, portraits of sweet teenage girls, religious art in rich hues, exotic Edo-period Japanese scenes, and luxurious abstract bronzes, the art in (not so) Simple Pleasures uses the unlikely lure of pleasure to wrestle art back from popular expectations of entertainment and decoration to assert intellectual, social, and political possibilities.


Public Events: 

Preview reception on Friday, December 7, 1990, 5 to 7pm.

Gallery Talk Sunday, December 9, 1990, 3pm


Publication available. Illustrated catalogue with an essay by curator Dana Friis-Hansen.