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Helène Aylon
(1931–2020)


ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020

Helène Aylon, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, Calif.

2019

Elusive Silver: 1969–73, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

2017

Afterword: For the Children, The Jerusalem Biennale, Hamachtarot Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Afterword: For the Children, Kniznick Gallery, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

2011

The Word of God: Helène Aylon: The Liberation of G-d and the Unmentionable, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Penn.

2007

The Gallery at the Gershman Y, Philadelphia

2001

My Marriage Bed, Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1995

Bridge of Knots, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, Calif.

1989

Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (with Christo)

1979

Formations, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

Formations Breaking, 112 Workshop, New York

1978

Formations, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco

1976

Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Paintings That Change in Time, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco

1975

Paintings That Change in Time, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York and Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York

1973

Tower Gallery, Southampton, New York

1972

Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York

1970

Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York

 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Ecofeminism(s), Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

The Female Side of God, Jewish Museum Frankfurt, Germany

2019

What is Feminist Art? Archives of American Art, Fleischman Gallery, The Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, Washington, D.C.

To Light, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

Shifting Terrain, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

By Any Means, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York

2016

Impact! The Legacy of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, D.C. (works by Lifetime Achievement Awardees)

2013

Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, SF MoMA at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

con(TEXT), Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire

2012

Matronita: Jewish Feminist Art, Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel

A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Camden, N.J.; Fisher Museum, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

2011

Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, N.J.

A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles, Dr. Bernard Heller Museum at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York

2009

Women in the Bible: Tricksters, Victors & (M)others, The Jewish Museum of Australia, St. Kilda (Melbourne), Australia

Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life, The Jewish Museum, New York

2008

Aldrich Undercover, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn.

Remembrance: The Past is Present, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, Calif.

2007

Beste aller Frauen, Jüdisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Beste aller Frauen, Jüdisches Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

2006

Earthly Concerns: Activist EcoArt, Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco

The Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

2004

Łódź Biennale, Poland

2000

The American Century: Art and Culture 1950–2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Faith: The Impact of Judeo/Christian Religion on Art at the Millennium, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.

Friendships in Arcadia: Writers and Artists at Yaddo in the 90s, Art in General, New York

Friendships in Arcadia: Writers and Artists at Yaddo in the 90s, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, N.Y.

1999

Zero-G: When Gravity Becomes Form, Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, Conn.

25/25, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

1998

Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Wash.

1997

Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Identities, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Rage/Resolution: From Family Violence to Healing in the Works of Israeli and American Women, Hebrew Union College, New York

1996

Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Identities, The Jewish Museum, New York; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

1994

Paintings in Transition (Helene Aylon, Dove Bradshaw, Jane Laudi), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.

Artists Select II, Artists Space, New York

1993

Songs of Retribution, Richard Anderson Gallery, New York (curated by Nancy Spero)

1992

Art in the Anchorage 9 (Earth Ambulance), Creative Time, New York

1991

Burning in Hell, Franklin Furnace, New York (curated by Nancy Spero)

1989

National and International Studio Program Exhibition, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, N.Y.

Connection Project/Conexus, Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo, Brazil

1988

Connection Project/Conexus, Southeastern Massachusetts Art Gallery, Dartmouth, Mass.

1987

Connection Project/Conexus, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York

1978

Nine Artists’ Books, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Nova Scotia; University of California, Irvine; University of California, San Diego; Oberlin Art Museum, Ohio

1976

Dart Gallery, Chicago

1975

Six Painters Six Attitudes, Oakland Museum, Oakland, Calif.

1972

Soho Scene, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, N.Y.

1971

Lyrical Abstraction, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Four Painters, Hathorn Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

Seasons Highlights, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.

Lyrical Abstraction, Civic Center Museum, Philadelphia

The Members Gallery, Abright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.

1970

Two Generations of Color Painting, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Lyrical Abstraction, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Ariz.

Group 70, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York

 
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
American University Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Jewish Museum, New York
The Jewish Museum of Australia, St. Kilda (Melbourne), Australia
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Mass.
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Oakland Museum of California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Whitney Museum of America Art, New York
 
COMMISSIONS
1966
Ruach, Chapel Library, JFK Airport, Jamaica, N.Y. (mural)
1968
New York University Medical Center (mural)
1978
San Francisco International Airport (purchase award)
 
READINGS, PRESENTATIONS, INSTALLATIONS, PERFORMANCES
2012

Helene Aylon: Whatever Is Contained, Must Be Released, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Visual Art, Brooklyn, Museum; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. (reading)

2004

My Wailing Wall, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

1999

Breaking Twenty Years Later (performance), Whitney Museum of American Art

1995

Two sacs en route, Times Square, New York (video installation)

1994

Bridge of Knots, Harn Museum, Gainesville, Florida (installation)

1993

Bridge of Knots, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tenn. (installation)

 
HONORS AND AWARDS
2016
Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award
2014
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2013
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2007
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2001
New York State Council on the Arts Grant
2000
Yaddo-MacArthur Annual Award for Residency Sponsorship
1999
Yaddo-Philip Morris Award for “an artist who extends the boundaries of art”
1996
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
1995
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
1993
Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts
1990
Gottlieb Foundation for Painting and Sculpture
1988
Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts
1981
National Endowment for the Arts (individual artist grant)
New York Foundation for the Arts
1973
National Endowment for the Arts (individual artist grant)

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