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Addie Herder

Machines for Living

On View:
Saturday, September 23, 2023 — Thursday, January 18, 2024


Addie Herder (1920–2009) worked on a small scale, exploring rigorous compositional principles of balance and dynamism. Her career was not loud, but her distinctive voice was understood and appreciated by many collectors. Herder’s oeuvre inspires new modes of questioning assumptions about who makes great art. Machines for Living, the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Herder since the 1976 survey at the Neuberger Museum of Art, scintillates in the context of new art historical narratives. The exhibition’s companion catalogue, available for sale at the museum’s Richard Levine AIA front desk, is the first to examine her intricate and intriguing “assemblage” constructions and ephemera, bringing her careful works to the present day.

This exhibition is dedicated to Alfred Allan Lewis (1929–2023), a passionate patron of the arts.

We are grateful to members of the Frost Art Museum for their support of this exhibition. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU receives ongoing support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.

Addie Herder, Readings (detail), Mixed media, 1987, Collage on paper, 10 x 8 inches, Promised Gift to the Frost Art Museum from Alfred Allan Lewis, Image courtesy of Mateo Serna Zapata

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