Rita McBride

September 21, 2004

Rita McBride was born in Des Moines in 1960 and educated at Bard College and California Institute of the Arts.

One of the first artists to examine elements of architecture through contemporary sculpture, McBride began her exploration of modernism's orphans in 1987 with installations of model home structures and Plexiglas encased furniture. Her attention to the often unspoken aspects of buildings -- parking structures, awnings, conduits, seating and HV/AC units has continued to the present. In her last New York show she added Machines (fabricated sculptures of standard video game consoles found in arcades and neglected bars around the world) to her vocabulary. This exhibition will include a set of three titanium machines, McBride's first use of this material. The Machines take you to the days of first-generation minimalism, while simultaneously presenting a post-minimal version of the present politics of sculpture as a social signifier.

Since 1997, solo exhibitions of McBride's work have been held at European institutions in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands. She was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2002 and served as a member of the Skidmore Owings and Merrill team for the World Trade Center competition. She lives in New York and Germany where she is a professor at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf.

At the moment she is on view in NYC with a solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center, as well as at Alexander and Bonin.