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Marisol: A Retrospective

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will explore the life’s work of an artist who helped define the 1960s with “Marisol: A Retrospective,” on view March 2-June 2, 2024. The exhibition, organized by Buffalo AKG Art Museum, will chronicle the full arc of the artist’s practice with 244 works that address several themes, including politics, gender norms and ecological and societal concerns. Her recognizable sculptures and self-portraits will appear alongside lesser-known works, source materials, sketches, studies and personal photographs to offer visitors an insightful look into the artist’s life and working methods and the social climate that influenced her work.


“Marisol: A Retrospective” will introduce visitors to the multiplicity of her practice. Although portraiture and self-portraiture anchor many of her most recognizable works, her contributions in the 1960s and 1970s were vast and varied. The exhibition will explore the breadth of her work, including her underwater films and photographs and her public art practice, which are often overlooked.

Marisol (born María Sol Escobar, 1930, Paris) achieved renowned acclaim in the 1960s when thousands would line up to see her often life-size artworks. When she retreated from the art world and shifted her artistic focus in the late 1960s and 1970s, her fame waned despite continuing to practice.

Included in admission is an audio guide that provides deeper insights. An audio description guide is also available.

Marisol: A Retrospective is organized by the Buffalo AKG Art Museum and is curated by Cathleen Chaffee, Charles Balbach Chief Curator. TMA’s presentation is organized by Jessica Hong, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition is supported by a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Critical work related to this exhibition and collection was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This exhibition is sponsored locally by Presenting Sponsors Susan & Tom Palmer, Platinum Sponsor Gay Deiger, Gold Sponsor the TMA Ambassadors, and Silver Sponsors Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; SSOE; and Mark Zyndorf. Additional funding is provided by Season Sponsor the Rita Barbour Kern Foundation and by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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