Peggy Preheim: Little Black Book

August 10, 2008 –February 9, 2009
Exhibition Reception September 14, 2008; 3 to 5 pm

The Aldrich is pleased to present Peggy Preheim: Little Black Book, the first Museum exhibition to fully explore the wide range of Preheim’s very delicate and intensely private work. The exhibition will open on August 10, 2008, and remain on view through February 8, 2009.

The survey, curated by Aldrich director Harry Philbrick, will include about seventy-five drawings, paintings, sculptural objects, and photographs created between the years 1984 and 2007.

Best known for her exquisitely rendered pencil drawings on paper—and occasionally on various international bank notes—Peggy Preheim also creates figurative sculpture and photographs. Her meticulous sculptural assemblages often feature white clay figures and found objects, including furniture, doll’s clothes, and Victorian glass. Her atmospheric black and white photographs are based on her sculptural work. At the core of Preheim’s art is her drawing; small-scale, tightly rendered work that explores highly nuanced imagery related to memory, sexuality, aging, and the complex inner relationship of childhood to adulthood.

Of the title Preheim says, “I think Little Black Book can serve as a provocative and enigmatic summing up of the work in the exhibition. This concept can refer to many things: for me, it refers to the closing of one chapter and the opening of another; the acquisition of language; the “book” which appears in some of my allegorical drawings points to the Book of Revelations.”

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Peggy Preheim, each Other, 1994-2004
Collection of Craig Cornelius, New York

Peggy Preheim, Miss America, 2004
Collection of Heidi Steiger

Peggy Preheim, DNA #15, 2004
Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

The Aldrich will host a public reception to celebrate the exhibition on Sunday, September 14, 2008, from 3 to 5 pm. Refreshments will be served. Free round-trip transportation from New York City is available for members (non-members $15).

Following its Aldrich debut, the exhibition will travel to the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK (May 17 to July 26, 2009), and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (October 31, 2009, to January 3, 2010).

Peggy Preheim, a full-color, hardcover book published in conjunction with the exhibition by The Aldrich and Gregory R. Miller & Co., will be available in September 2008.

Born in Yankton, South Dakota, Peggy Preheim now lives and works in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. She studied at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1981 to 1983. Preheim’s work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, amongst others. Her recent solo exhibitions have been seen at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; g-module, Paris; and Works on Paper, Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include New Directions in American Drawing, The Columbus Museum, Georgia; traveling to Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, and Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; Does Size Matter?, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis; Through the looking glass, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich; Configured, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery; Happy Birthday to Me, g-module; and Past Presence: Childhood and Memory, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria. Preheim is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

Aldrich exhibitions are supported, in part, by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Peggy Preheim, White Buffalo,, 2002. The JPMorgan Chase Art Collection