Harriet Bart

Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection

2019

Laura Wertheim Joseph, Editor
Foreword by Lyndel King

Harriet Bart

A retrospective and creatively collaborative review of this international feminist conceptual artist

Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection is a comprehensive look at the prolific and dynamic career of this international feminist conceptual artist. The book, which accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of her work at the Weisman Art Museum in 2020, features poetry and prose contributions by significant writers, artists, and curators who have been influenced by her art.

Young women victims of a garment factory fire in New York in 1911. An autobiographical progression through stages of womanhood. American veterans killed in Iraq. A giant trough filled with books and surrounded by an urban cornfield. The subjects of Harriet Bart’s art are as varied as the media and genres in which she works—sculpture, installation, textiles, painting, drawing, artist’s books. Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection is a comprehensive look at the prolific and dynamic career of this international feminist conceptual artist. A founder of the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM, a nationally recognized feminist art collective in the Twin Cities) and of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis, Bart has sought deep and evocative expressions of memory through several decades of innovative artistic creation and collaboration. This book, which accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of her work at the Weisman Art Museum in 2020, features poetry and prose contributions by significant writers, artists, and curators who have been influenced by her art.

Contributors: Betty Bright; Stephen Brown, Jewish Museum; Robert Cozzolino, Minneapolis Institute of Art; Elizabeth Erickson; Heather Everhart; Nor Hall; Matthea Harvey, Sarah Lawrence College; Joanna Inglot, Macalester College; Lyndel King, Weisman Art Museum; Eric Lorberer, Rain Taxi; Jim Moore, Hamline U; Diane Mullin, Weisman Art Museum; Samantha Rippner; Joan Rothfuss; John Schott; Sun Yung Shin; Susan Stewart, Princeton U.
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Laura Wertheim Joseph is the curator of Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection. She also curated A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters.

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CONTENTS

Director’s Foreword Lyndel King

this is indeed the place / with many layers

introduction by Laura Wertheim Joseph

The Geniza as a Process of Thought

Studio Photographs by John Schott

GENIZA

Vessels (containing)

Autobiography essay by Stephen Brown

Reliquary “Reliquiae,” Nor Hall

Museum

Lustral Bowl

Essential Kabbalah

The Book of Sand

Homage

Amulets (shielding)

Abracadabra Universe essay by Joanna Inglot

Shards “Talisman,” Susan Stewart

Without Words

The Words

Uninscribed Book

In the Presence of Absence

Strata: Tales of Power, The Invisible World

Garments (shrouding)

Processional essay by Robert Cozzolino

Penumbra “Penumbra,” Jim Moore

Ascension

Strong Silent Type I

The Collar

Effigy

Double Ode

Mirrors (reflecting)

Reflexions essay by Joan Rothfuss

Silhouette I–III “The Peace Work of Piecework,” Matthea Harvey

The Gaze

Remains of the Day

Genii Loci

Cento

Strong Silent Type II

Memorials (remembering)

Drawn in Smoke essay by Samantha Rippner

Drawn in Smoke “Edges Burned,” Eric Lorberer

Re-Marks (Memorial)

Requiem (Inscribing the Names: American Soldiers Killed in Iraq)

Caged History

Enduring Afghanistan

Garment Registry

Crossings

Tools (navigating)

Plumb Bob essay by Betty Bright

Elements “This Burnt Space,” Sun Yung Shin

Pendulum

Gutenberg Galaxy

Geography

Cultural Structures

Invisible Cities

Found Objects (transforming)

Forms of Recollection (Storied) essay by Diane Mullin

Remembrance: Florence “Travel,” Elizabeth Erickson

Notion

Concrete Poem

Ledger Domain

Altered Classics III: Tales from Shakespeare

Campaign Chest

Chronology Heather Everhart

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Gratitude