Virginia Overton: Winter Garden at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Virginia Overton (b. 1971, Nashville, TN) creates exhibitions in response to the natural and manmade environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the history of modern art to her upbringing in rural Tennessee. Winter Garden, which will be presented on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery, expands upon her installation featured there this summer, which explored the concept of the sculpture garden through a system of windmills pumping air into large containers filled with thriving aquatic plants. The exhibition will be on view October 28, 2016, through February 5, 2017.

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Installation view of Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 10–September 25, 2016). © Virginia Overton. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

To reflect the change of season, Overton has re-imagined the “sculpture garden” as a sonic rather than botanic environment. Her practice often involves the repurposing of materials, and the new installation takes elements from the summer’s and redefines each of their functions. Emptied of water, the overturned containers become natural amplifiers for the sounds generated from the wind as it is pumped from the windmills through pneumatic tubing. By activating these materials, Overton creates zones of unusual aural experience throughout the outdoor site.

Throughout her career Virginia Overton (b. 1971, Nashville, TN) has used the languages of physicality, displacement, and minimalism in her sculptures, videos, photography, and installations. Overton creates exhibitions in response to the natural and manmade environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the history of modern art to her personal background in rural Tennessee. She recently created thirteen site-reactive sculptures and a video for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, which will be on view through February 2017. Overton has also had recent solo shows at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; and The Power Station, Dallas, TX.

Virginia Overton: Winter Garden is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, and Laura Phipps, assistant curator. Generous support for Virginia Overton: Winter Garden is provided by Bob and Pam Goergen.

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