Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears
at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
In Blood, Sweat, and Tears, artist Summer Wheat’s vibrantly colored paintings depict a community of heroic females doing the “heavy lifting and running things.” Using an inventive process of pushing paint through aluminum mesh, Wheat’s large-scale paintings resemble medieval tapestries showing female figures as hunters, fishers, and beekeepers. These women rewrite historical imagery through themes such as labor, discovery, and expressions of joy where traditionally only men were present.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates the opening of Blood, Sweat, and Tears on Thursday, February 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through Sunday, May 24.