Photography by Mitro Hood courtesy of the artist.
This summer, NYU Steinhardt alumna Beatrice Glow (BFA, 2008) presents her first exhibition in a major US museum at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Her show, Once the Smoke Clears, runs through October 2, 2022.
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“Beatrice Glow is a New York- and Bay Area-based multi-sensory and interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the social history of plants. Glow delves into the unseen and unsavory sociohistorical and ecological realities underlying the tobacco industry’s veneer of luxury through her digitally printed and embroidered silk textiles, VR-sculpted and 3D-printed objects, watercolors, and scent experiences.
In exploring the global uses of tobacco, Glow questions the embedded histories of visual culture by critiquing unresolved injustices wrought by colonial desires to profit from the lucrative tobacco trade. The artist weaves together tantalizingly decadent surfaces with imagery derived from historical sources, and examines the networks through which tobacco spread across the world.
While the works initially appear as a celebration of opulence, closer inspection reveals the cascading impacts of colonialism, capitalism, and inequitable trade networks.” Text courtesy of The Baltimore Museum of Art
Curated by Sarah Cho, Curatorial Assistant of American Painting & Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Virginia Anderson, Curator of American Art.
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Beatrice Glow: Once the Smoke Clears, The Baltimore Museum of Art, May 15 – October 2, 2022, Photography by Mitro Hood