Contemplating War

Melanie Baker · Mandy Durham · Dominic McGill · Jesse Small · Do-Ho Suh

Five contemporary locally, nationally and internationally known artists will be featured in Contemplating War: Melanie Baker, Mandy Durham, Dominic McGill, Jesse Small and Do-Ho Suh.

Essays for the accompanying gallery guide are written by Meghan Dailey, associate editor at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

“To say that these are tremendously complicated times is to understate the condition of contemporary life. The five artists in Contemplating War are grappling with the same questions we all are, about the uncertainty of the future as well as how we got to where we are right now. The works in this exhibition do not impose a particular political view or enforce a certain mode of thinking about the issue of war. Indeed, what good art does most effectively is ask questions, rather than answer them, and to suggest ideas about how to view the world.” — Meghan Dailey

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, American artist Melanie Baker was born in 1955 and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned an MFA from Stony Brook University in 2001, and a BFA from Pratt Institute, New York, in 1977.

Mandy Durham lives and works in Kansas City. She graduated in 2002 from the Kansas City Art Institute with a degree in New Media, and previously studied at the University of Tulsa.

British artist Dominic McGill was born in 1963. He earned an MFA in 1986 from the Chelsea School of Art, London, UK, and a BFA in 1985 from Middlesex Polytechnic, London, UK.

Born in 1974, Jesse Small received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1997, and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, in 2005.

Do-Ho Suh was born in 1962 in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to moving to the United States, Suh earned an MFA and BFA in Oriental (ink) painting at Seoul National University in Korea in 1987. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, earning a BFA in painting in 1994, and in 1997, he graduated from Yale University with an MFA in Sculpture. He currently lives and works in New York.