UC Santa Barbara Art, Design, & Architecture Museum presents Bari Ziperstein. The show will run from January 14th through April 30th. Join us on January 27, 2017 @ 5:30pm for the opening reception.
Ceramicist and sculptor Bari Ziperstein has built an artistic practice at the intersection of traditional craft and feminist critique. Her work examines prevailing contradictory (and controlling) expectations for women to be seductive and appealing in manner and appearance, but also inaccessible and safeguarded. These ideas are the inspiration for her installation at the AD&A Museum.
Fair Trade consists of a series of new ceramic sculptures—vessels and decorative panels—that borrow from, and manipulate imagery of Japanese Samurai armor and Soviet Union propaganda directed at women. They are installed in a faux trade show booth, also crafted by the artist, whichis based on specifications for Soviet Russian public information displays and industrial fairs. Complementing her installation are Soviet propaganda posters on special loan from the Wende Museum (Culver City, CA), where she conducted research that inspired portions of this project.
This exhibition is made possible by in-kind support from the Squire Foundation and funding from the Museum Council.