Joan Mitchell

Fierce Beauty (solo show)
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 13 September – 13 December 2020
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2021

Joan Mitchell, Bracket, 1989. The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. © Estate of Joan Mitchell. Photo: Katherine Du Tiel.
Joan Mitchell, Bracket, 1989. The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. © Estate of Joan Mitchell. Photo: Katherine Du Tiel.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced that they are co-organizing a comprehensive Joan Mitchell retrospective. The exhibition will bring together an array of paintings, drawings, and prints from public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. The exhibition is co-curated by Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Programming & Research Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University, and Sarah Roberts, SFMOMA Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture. It will open in Baltimore in April 2020, travel to San Francisco in September 2020, and then move to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in February 2021.

Curators Katy Siegel and Sarah Roberts noted in the museums' announcement: "The exhibition and catalogue will be based on deep primary research and will present new scholarship on Mitchell's life and her extraordinary body of work. We also are convening emerging and established scholars, curators, conservators, writers, and artists to reconsider Mitchell's role in the postwar artistic interchange between the U.S. and France, and to study intensively her materials and process.”

Among the planned exhibition highlights are Mitchell's vibrant response to New York City, East Ninth Street (1956); the abstracted and lush French landscapes Mon Paysage (1967) and No Rain (1976); the grand three-panel painting Bracket (1989); plus a selection of her intensely declarative late paintings from 1991-92. The Joan Mitchell Foundation Archives will also lend a selection of the artist’s sketchbooks and archival photographs, animating both her process and her daily life.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation


Rineke Dijkstra, Joan Mitchell et al.

Five Ways In: Themes from the Collection (group show)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
14 February 2019 – 3 October 2021

Joan Mitchell, 
Joan Mitchell, "Posted", 1977; oil on canvas; Collection Walker Art Center, Gift of Joanne and Philip Von Blon, 1989

This exhibition, drawn from the Walker’s world-renowned collections, looks backward and forward at contemporary art in our time, showcasing both cornerstone works that have built the collection and works by a younger generation that point to new strengths and directions. The exhibition presents collection highlights within five approaches to subject matter long explored by artists: portraiture; the interior scene; landscape and the observed environment; still life and the everyday; and abstraction, areas that serve as thematic sections for unexpected groupings of works from the collection.

Featuring more than 100 works, the exhibition includes examples ranging from painting and sculpture to drawing, collage, video, photography, prints, and installations. Many of the works on view are longtime favorites for Walker visitors, presented alongside newer acquisitions, many on view for the first time in this context. Works by Joan Mitchell and Rineke Dijkstra are included.

Walker Art Center