Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe | short film

A young woman with dark hair and a fringe behind a large looped-wire sculpture which covers her face. She wears a dark long sleeved black top and in the background are hand painted Japanese words and another wire sculpture.
Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Asawa, Sculptor, 1957. © 2022 Imogen Cunningham Trust. Artwork © 2021 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner.

In this new short documentary, discover the exhibition Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe through the words of the visionary artist herself.

“When I was in the (internment) camp in Arkansas, we had our fortunes told. So I was told that I probably should be an artist.” – Ruth Asawa 

The exhibition Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe (28 May – 21 August 2022) takes a unique look at the visionary artist, educator and activist Ruth Asawa (b. 1926, Norwalk, CA – d. 2013, San Francisco, CA).

In this short film to accompany the exhibition, get insights into the making of Ruth Asawa’s signature hanging sculptures in looped and tied wire, and hear from Modern Art Oxford Chief Curator, Emma Ridgway about the artist’s inspiring holistic integration of art, education and community.

Discover more about the exhibition Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe.

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Image: Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Asawa, Sculptor, 1957. © 2022 Imogen Cunningham Trust. Artwork © 2021 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner.

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