Past Exhibitions

A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience; 20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection

Saturday, October 03, 2020 - Sunday, February 07, 2021

Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art featuring works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience shines light on the widespread feelings of anxiety in contemporary art. Referencing both collective and personal anxieties, the works in this exhibition highlight intersectional voices sharing their dissent, joy, and transcendence. The exhibition amplifies the voices and experiences of Latinx and Latin American artists living and working in the United States, with all works acquired by Beth Rudin DeWoody over the past twenty years.

The show includes more than 70 works by 57 artists:

Farley Aguilar, Tanya Aguiñiga, Herman Aguirre, Carlos Almaraz, Candida Alvarez, Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, assume vivid astro focus (avaf), Firelei Báez, Felipe Baeza, Leonardo Benzant, Tania Bruguera, Margarita Cabrera, Alejandro Cesarco, Enrique Chagoya, C.J. Chueca, Gisela Colón, william cordova, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Guerra de la Paz, Raúl de Nieves, Ángel Delgado, Sebastian Errazuriz, Corey Escoto, rafa esparza, Luis Flores, María Fragoso, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, ektor garcia, Monica Kim Garza, Anthony Goicolea, Ramiro Gomez, Sayre Gomez, Alfonso Gonzalez Jr., Elmer Guevara, Clotilde Jiménez, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Eddie Martinez, Lilian Martinez, Patrick Martinez, Ana Mendieta, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Beatriz Monteavaro, Esteban Ocampo-Giraldo, Angel Otero, Alina Perez, Elbert Perez, Javier Piñón, Ernesto Pujol, Kenny Rivero, Sandy Rodriguez, Carlos Rolón, Gabriella Sanchez, Zilia Sánchez, Eduardo Sarabia, Cecilia Vicuña, and William Villalongo.

A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience; 20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection is curated by Amethyst Rey Beaver, Assistant Curator, 21c Museum Hotels and Eva Thornton, Assistant Curator, Taubman Museum of Art in collaboration with Laura Dvorkin and Maynard Monrow of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection.

Exhibition and educational support is generously presented by The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Inc., the Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo.

Additional sponsorship support provided by the Roanoke Arts Commission of the City of Roanoke and Blue Ridge Beverage.

The exhibition is on view October 3, 2020-February 7, 2021 in the Carilion Clinic Gallery and Special Exhibition Gallery.

Click below to enjoy virtual programming for this exhibition, including the Opening Celebration and lively conversations with some of the featured artists. To view the full playlist, click the icon in the top right corner of the video and select the video you’d like to watch. Programming will be added throughout the life of the exhibition, so check back often for new content.

Experience this exhibit in the palm of your hands! You may now view and download our full exhibition catalog below.


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Above image:

assume vivid astro focus, A Very Anxious Feeling, 2007, Courtesy of the artists and Independent Curators International


Images (left to right, top to bottom)

Farley Aguilar, Patriarchy (detail), 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Lyles & King, New York

Firelei Báez, for Marie-Louise Coidavid, exiled, keeper of roder, Anacaona (detail), 2017, Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago, Photo: John Lusis

Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), The Promised Land (detail), 2013, Courtesy of the artist, Gavlak Gallery, West Palm Beach and Los Angeles and the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection

Patrick Martinez, We're Moving (detail), 2018, Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

Sayre Gomez, "Everything Must Go" Carrara Marble (detail), 2017, Courtesy of the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Luis Flores, Morning Coffee (detail), 2017, Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Brown, Los Angeles

Monica Kim Garza, Reggaeton, dale (detail), 2019, Courtesy of the artist and New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles

Gisela Colón, Untitled (Monolith Black), 2016, Courtesy of the artist and Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach and Los Angeles

Ramiro Gomez, Clutter causes anxiety (detail), 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, Photo: Ramiro Gomez

Alina Perez, Tío Robert (detail), 2019, Courtesy the artist and Deli Gallery, New York

Luis Cruz Azaceta, The Striptease of Humanity (detail), 1978, Courtesy of the artist and George Adams Gallery, New York

María Fragoso, De nuestro jardin de frutas falsas, 2018, Courtesy of the artist and 1969 Gallery, New York

Video Credit: Forged Film Company