While at MoMA, I wrote an essay for the publication Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art entitled “Mind, Body, Sculpture: Alice Aycock, Mary Miss, and Jackie Winsor in the 1970s.” These three artists, who came of age in New York during the late 1960s and early 1970s, all create monumental sculptures that engage with architecture and the body. They were involved with the women’s movement of the early 1970s, which influenced their art and careers in various ways. MoMA has exhibited and collected all three artists’ sculpture since early in their careers.
In her large, semi-architectural works, Alice Aycock addresses the interaction of structure, site, materials, and the viewer. Her site-oriented works refer to machinery, archaeological sites, and models, while striving to raise viewers’ awareness of everyday spaces. In the video interview above, Aycock discusses her work of the 1970s, focusing on the sculptures in MoMA’s collection and featured in the Modern Women book.