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Spill: Bailey Doogan, Ann Simmons-Myers and Luis Alfonso JimenezBailey Doogan, Ann Simmons-Myers and Luis A. Jiménez Jr

Etherton Galley is pleased to present Bailey Doogan & Ann Simmons-Myers, and Luis Jiménez Jr. (1940-2006) in its new exhibition, Spill. Spill features a selection of photographs from the series Milk, produced collaboratively by Doogan and Ann Simmons-Myers; a selection of recent works on paper by Doogan; and a selection of works on paper by Luis Jiménez Jr. Doogan’s and Jimenez ‘s powerful images pass effortlessly from representations of the personal to the universal at the intersection of gender, sexuality and culture. The exhibition opens on November 23, 2013 with an artist reception from 7-10pm.

Prominent feminist artist, Bailey Doogan, and Luis Jiménez Jr., controversial public artist and early standard-bearer for Chicano art, have made the body the central focus of their wide-ranging artistic practices, celebrating women, the working class, and Chicano culture. Over the course of her career, Doogan has articulated a new approach to the female nude through powerful, detailed self-portraits of her nude, aging body that revealed gender as construction, not destiny. In 2004 she collaborated with photographer Ann Simmons-Myers, creating a series of large-scale archival pigment inkjet prints that depict full-length portraits of Doogan. In the Milk images, Doogan poses wearing a lacy napkin over her face, and a beautifully embroidered table runner strung around her waist. Over time, the status of textiles and ceramics has evolved from unrecognized products of domesticity, to craft, to fine art objects that command high-profile museum and gallery shows. Doogan’s objects cum accessories evoke a series of women’s roles including nun, matron and sex object that universalize her personal experiences and make them available to every woman. Ann Simmons-Myers’ sensitively rendered photographs make Doogan’s experientially grounded work fresh to a new generation by linking it to broader issues about the representation of women in photographs that are created and circulated through cell phones, advertising and social media.

Luis Jiménez Jr. used the body to champion Mexican-American culture in large public art installations such as Vaquero, a monumental, 20 foot fiberglass sculpture of a Mexican vaquero waving a gun and riding a bronco that subverted the image of the Anglo cowboy propagated by Hollywood westerns. His fearlessness made him an early and spokesman for the Chicano art movement. As he said, “We don’t think of taking away Robert E. Lee’s guns or George Washington’s sword, but somehow the thought of a Mexican with a gun is somehow seen as a big threat by some.” Jiménez’s brash, colorful works mine Mexican and Mexican-American visual culture like Aztec myths, Mexican calendar art and the low-rider car. Spill features a selection of works on paper such as Fiesta, 1985, a lithograph of a Mexican couple dancing the Mexican hat dance. Jiménez made this image as a print and then as a monumental sculpture at the San Diego border.

For more information on Spill, please contact Daphne Srinivasan, Hannah Glasston or Terry Etherton at Etherton Gallery, 520.624.7370.

Bailey Doogan 
Bailey Doogan’s body of work includes painting and drawing, film and three-dimensional constructions. She received her BFA in 1963 from the Moore College of Art and an MA in Animated Film from UCLA in 1977. Her 1977 animated film, SCREW: A TECHNICAL LOVE POEM has won numerous awards, and been previewed in festivals and art fairs in the United States and Europe including the Venice Biennale; the American Film Festival, and Film Forum; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  Articles and reviews of the artist’s work have appeared in major publications including Ms., The Village Voice, The Nation and Harper’s Magazine; and art publications: ArtNews, Art in America, New Art Examiner, Artspace, Art Journal, Visions and The Women’s Art Journal. Her writing has been published in M/E/A/N/I/N/G, Art Journal, and the Utne Reader.Doogan has lectured at over 30 American universities and art institutions and conducted workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. In 2009, she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting. Her work was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition in 2005 at the Tucson Museum of Art. Currently a Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Arizona in Tucson, she also served on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association from 1997-2001. Bailey Doogan’s work is in the permanent collections of many public institutions including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The DiRosa Museum, Napa, CA; Rutgers University, NJ; Tucson Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, AZ; San Jose State University, CA; and Pensacola College Visual Arts Gallery, FL.


Ann Simmons Myers
Ann Simmons-Myers obtained her MFA at the University of Arizona following graduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. For the past thirty-five years, she has lived in Tucson, Arizona, where she is Chair of the Photography Department at Pima Community College. In 2002, Simmons-Myers published Louis Carlos Bernal: Barrios, a monograph on Tucson photographer Louis Carlos Bernal, who influenced a generation of Arizona photographers. Simmons-Myers’ work has taken her to Europe and Asia, and her career has been chronicled in more than 20 publications. Ann Simmons-Myers’ photographs are included in the collections of prominent institutions, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the High Art Museum in Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. 

Luis Jiménez Jr. (1940-2006)
Luis Jiménez Jr. is best known for his monumental public sculptures, which subverted racial stereotypes and heroicized Mexican-American culture of the Southwest. Jiménez was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up working at his father’s sign shop, where he became familiar with the industrial materials he would use in his monumental sculptures. In 1966, he obtained a BA in Fine Art from the University of Texas. After graduation, he worked with renowned Mexican sculptor Francisco Zuniga for two years in Mexico City and studied the murals of Jose Clemente Orozco and David Siqueiros. Following a move to New York, Jiménez impressed Ivan Karp, gallery director at Leo Castelli who recommended him to the Graham Gallery, which mounted his first show. Over the course of his career he breathed new life into Mexican and Mexican-American myths and created new cultural “archetypes” to replace the models provided by Hollywood. Jimenez completed many public art commissions, drawings and prints, and his work is included several private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirschhorn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Denver Art Museum among others. Tragically his career was cut short in 2006 when a section of a large sculpture, Blue Mustang, destined for the Denver International Airport fell on him.


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