• Sarah Oppenheimer
    Stephanie Hanor
    Mills College Art Museum, Oakland
    Sep 14, 2014 to Dec 14, 2014
    Mills College Art Museum

Sarah Oppenheimer, structural detail and glass sample for 33-D, exhibition view at Mills College Art Museum, 2014, Oakland, CA.

The exhibition Sarah Oppenheimer at the Mills College Art Museum presents a unique examination of Oppenheimer's artistic process and her current research. For every large-scale spatial intervention that the artist has made, an extensive archive of material is created that has heretofore never been exhibited. This includes both hand and digital drawings; aluminum, glass, and wood prototypes; three-dimensional models; light studies; and customized computer code, among other materials. Oppenheimer's exhibit will focus on this extensive body of unseen work, highlighting a set of key projects that demonstrate the physical and conceptual specificity of her practice, particularly as it effects her current methods and ideas regarding light, perception, and spatial engagement.

Sarah Oppenheimer received a BA in Semiotics from Brown University in 1995 and a MFA in painting from Yale University in 1999, where she is currently a critic in the School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in Europe and in the United States at venues including the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; the Queens Museum of Art, New York; the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Drawing Center, New York; and Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2010−11 Gilmore D. Clarke/Michael Rapuano Rome Prize, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships in Architecture/Environmental Structures (2010, 2006), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2009), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art (2007), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2007). Sarah Oppenheimer was born in Austin, Texas; she lives in New York.

Founded in 1925, the Mills College Art Museum is a forum for exploring art and ideas and a laboratory for contemporary art practices. Through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections, the Museum engages and inspires the intellectual and creative life of the Mills community, as well as the diverse audiences of the Bay Area and beyond.