This summer, Art Omi presents Portia Munson: Flood in the Newmark Gallery. For over two decades, Munson has teased out cultural codes latent in the mass-produced items that surround us. Her monochromatic installations underscore the pleasures of looking at a dizzying array of items that are at once seductive and utterly disposable. Munson’s work offers an incisive study of the desires and terrors lurking just under the surface of commodities.
Portia Munson (b. 1961) lives and works in Catskill, NY. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union, an MFA from Rutgers University, and studied at the Skowhegan School and Painting and Sculpture. Munson’s work has been shown internationally in major public and private exhibitions since the early 1990s. Munson’s most recent solo exhibitions include Portia Munson: Her Room/Her World at Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, 2018; Flood at Disjecta, Portland, OR, 2018; The Garden, at P·P·O·W, New York, NY, 2017; and Earth Rites, NYU Langone Medical Center Art Gallery, New York, NY, 2017. Munson’s work has also been in numerous group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including Dime-Store Alchemy at The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY, 2018; Garden Dwellers at Regina Rex, New York, NY, 2017; Out of Site at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA, 2017; Pink Noise: Flexing the Frequency at Girls’ Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2016-17; Radical Kingdoms at Union College Schenectady, NY, 2017; Pink Project: Table with P·P·O·W at Frieze London, UK, 2016; Nature Pops at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, 2016; Tie His Hands Gently at Romeo New York, NY, 2016; In Plain Air at Art Omi, Omi, NY, 2016; The Female Gaze at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.