RIDGEFIELD.- The Aldrich presents Peggy Preheim: Little Black Book, the first Museum exhibition to fully explore the wide range of Preheims very delicate and intensely private work. The exhibition will opened 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 paperand occasionally on various international bank notesPeggy Preheim also creates figurative sculpture and photographs. Her meticulous sculptural assemblages often feature white clay figures and found objects, including furniture, dolls clothes, and Victorian glass. Her atmospheric black and white photographs are based on her sculptural work. At the core of Preheims 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.
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.