“Lois Dodd roots her work in place,” says Margarita Karasoulas, curator of art at the Bruce Museum, where a retrospective of the New Jersey-based artist’s oeuvre is on view from April 2. This exhibition is the perfect opportunity to discover the Greenwich, Connecticut, institution’s highly anticipated 45,000-foot extension. In partnership with the Hall Art Foundation, “Lois Dodd: Natural Order” is the largest survey of the artist’s career to date and the first monographic show devoted to her work in the New York metropolitan area.
An important figure of the city’s 20th-century art scene, Dodd was instrumental in establishing the Tanager Gallery platform, one of the New York’s first artist-run cooperatives. “Now in her 90s, Dodd has never succumbed to the pressures of following trends or classifications,” Karasoulas notes. “She’s maintained a steadfast commitment to painting from life and from what she sees in her surroundings.”