For “Ida Applebroog: Mercy Hospital,” the artist’s first solo US museum exhibition in nearly two decades, ICA Miami creates a dynamic combination of historic and recent work.
The exhibition features a comprehensive selection of Applebroog’s “Mercy Hospital” series, drawings made by the artist while she was a patient in the eponymous hospital, and which stunningly combine text, cartoon, image, and abstraction. Over the past decade, Applebroog has continuously innovated with line in order to reinvent her world. Her recent “Catastrophe” works are bold drawings, equal parts stylized, simple, and sophisticated, depicting human figures and historic scenes with acute psychological depth.
For half a century, Ida Applebroog (b. 1929, The Bronx, NY) has innovated across styles and mediums. Working across mediums—including painting, drawing, film, and sculpture—Applebroog is renowned for her provocative and prescient examinations of gender and sexual identity, power, politics, and the role mass media plays in desensitizing the public to inequity. The artist lives and works in Manhattan, New York.
"Ida Applebroog: Mercy Hospital” is organized by ICA Miami and curated by Alex Gartenfeld, Deputy Director and Chief Curator.
This exhibition is funded through the Knight Contemporary Art Fund at The Miami Foundation.
Major support is provided by the Arlene H. & Laurans A. Mendelson Charitable Foundation; the Ray Ellen and Allan Yarkin Fund for Exhibitions at ICA Miami; and the Dr. Kira and Mr. Neil Flanzraich Fund for Curatorial Research at ICA Miami. Additional support is provided by Toby Devan Lewis and Hauser & Wirth.