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Claudia DeMonte Bio

 Memento Vivere, an exhibition of sculpture and wall installations by Claudia DeMonte that reflect one woman’s travels, inquisitiveness and contemplation about women’s roles in society, will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, on May 17.  The exhibition will remain on view through June 19.

DeMonte’s sense of self, women and cultural differences was natural to her growing up in Astoria, New York as a daughter in an Italian family in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the country.  “Empathy about the world stage was instilled in me by my family.  Thinking globally were common words in my home in the 1950s well before becoming a buzz word.”

DeMonte has traveled to over 100 countries, shown her work in 35, and “has always found fertile soil in the questions of women’s identity,” said Tom Sokolowski, former director of the Andy Warhol Museum.  DeMonte’s passion about gender roles and issues of social inclusion in their respective societies has through the years enthused her own art work.  Zealously DeMonte sought out women artisans from more than 177 countries and ultimately curated Real Beauty (2000-2007), a traveling exhibition of culturally diverse accounts interpreted through works of art.

DeMonte, a traveler, since her twenties obsessed with concern and wonder about women has said travel and dialogue with women globally made her increasingly aware of the way objects act as surrogates for important issues in our lives.  In 2009, art writer Eleanor Heartney stated in a monograph about DeMonte, “both globalism and feminism profoundly shaped DeMonte’s consciousness and in turn allowed her to contribute to the reshaping of contemporary art in these directions.”

In this exhibition, sculptures and wall installations focus on DeMonte’s primary theme… reminders of the pleasure of living.  Compellingly and candidly she employs an array of media and found material that bears witness to the lives of women, to the stories they tell, and the cultural legacy they each live as opening passage to a narrative.

Gift Box, 2017, a brightly painted sculpted wood container with closure secured by tied ornate ribbon suggests DeMonte’s preservation of cultural legacies representative of women in diverse global locations.  Her archetypical sculpted forms -- luggage, magic potent bottles, house, handbags, each laden heavily with trinkets, objects collected and treasured independently speak of their importance to the group.

Cose Che Ho Fatto, a wall installation of embroidered panels is as a technological swipe across DeMonte’s life.  Each of 70 panels is a remembrance recalling a past experience, fact, impression, skill, courage or sacrifice and carry them forward as a legacy to coming generations.  A second wall installation titled Profiles in Courage includes luggage tags each imprinted with the name of a country she has visited as well as the name of a woman she admires from that country.

Works of art exhibited here are “full of memento vivre-reminders of life, reflecting the artist’s journey through the feminist movement and the emergence of globalism.  The metamorphosis of woman and globalism creates a dialogue with the viewer.  The structure of womanhood through the years is evidenced in this lattice of probing introspection, demonstrated in disparate, divergent sculptures and images.”

DeMonte lives and works in New York City and Kent, Connecticut.  She received a bachelor's degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore and an MFA from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

DeMonte's work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.  The many public and private collections in which she is represented include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Bass Museum, Miami, FL; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; Indianapolis Museum of Art; University of Maryland, College Park; Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Portland Museum of Art, ME; Contemporary Art Museum, Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Italy; Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland; University of Oldenburg, Germany, and the Hvidore Art Library, Denmark.

 

Born Astoria, New York
Lives and works in New York City and Kent, CT

Education
B.A., College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
M.F.A., Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Solo Exhibitions
2018 Memento Vivere: Sculpture and Installations, June Kelly Gallery, New York
PARTNERS: Claudia DeMonte and Ed McGowin, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
  Cape Cod Museum, Dennis, MA
2017 Celebrating 30 Years: Group Show Gallery Artists Drawings and Photographs, June Kelly
  Gallery, New York
2016 Memory Keepers: Sculpture and Installations, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2014 Claudia DeMonte: La Forza del Destino, June Kelly Gallery, New York
A Woman’s Work is Never Done, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
Claudia De Monte, Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, Mississippi State University,
  Starkville, MS
2012 Abundance: Sculpture/Installation, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2011 Claudia DeMonte: Retrospective, Cora Miller Gallery, York College of Pennsylvania
Claudia DeMonte: Real Beauty, Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis,
  MO
Self and the Everywoman: Mixed Media Works by Claudia DeMonte, Trustman Art Gallery,
  Simmons College, Boston, MA
CLAUDIA DEMONTE - OPERA di DONNA, Marsh Hall, University of Southern
  Mississippi Museum of Art, Hattiesburg, MS
2010 Claudia DeMonte, Nordstrand Gallery, Wayne State University, Wayne, NE
Real Beauty, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Real Beauty, Katzen Center for the Arts, American University, Washington, DC
Claudia DeMonte, Heffernan Gallery, West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ
Claudia DeMonte: Mapping Beauty, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, The University of
  Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; traveling retrospective exhibition
The Luxury of Exercise: Small Sculpture and Works on Paper by Claudia DeMonte,
  Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
2009 Claudia DeMonte: The Luxury of Exercise, June Kelly Gallery, New York, monograph
  with an essay by Eleanor Heartney and foreword by Agnes Gund, published by
  Pomegranate Books, San Francisco, CA
Claudia DeMonte and Ed McGowin, Jan Colle Gallery, Ghent, Belgium
Claudia DeMonte: Retrospective, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Everyday Matters, Flint Institute of Arts, MI
2008 Claudia DeMonte: Real Beauty, Kasser Family Exhibition, The Gottesman Libraries,
  Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
2007 Empowered Objects: New Sculpture, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
Claudia DeMonte: Mapping Beauty, Holzhauer Gallery, Mattie Kelly Fine and
  Performing Arts Center, Okaloosa-Walton College, Niceville, FL
Mapping Beauty: 3 decades of installations, Makan Gallery, Amman, Jordan; brochure
2006 A Couple of Litchfield County Artists, Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT
Claudia DeMonte: A Silhouette, Selected Works, 1976–2005, University of Maryland,
  College Park, MD; brochure
Claudia DeMonte, Women’s Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2005 Claudia DeMonte, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Claudia DeMonte, Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2004 Retrospective, Tallinn Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia
Claudia DeMonte, Gerdunberg Cultural Center, Reykjavik, Iceland
Personal Journeys, Salem College, Winston Salem, NC
2003 Female Fetishes, International Museum of Women, San Francisco, CA
Claudia DeMonte, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL
Claudia DeMonte, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
Claudia DeMonte, Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2002 Claudia DeMonte, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
2001 Claudia DeMonte: New Work, Arguibel Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Female Fetishes, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Claudia DeMonte: Retrospective, Rosemont College, PA
Female Fetishes, University of New England, Portland, ME
The Queen’s Dream: Site Specific, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2000 Claudia DeMonte Female Implements, Flint Institute of Art, MI; traveling exhibition;
  catalogue
1999 Female Fetishes, Gallery Liesbeth Lips, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1998 Claudia DeMonte: Retrospective, Chokladfabriken, Malmo, Sweden
Female Fetishes, Ambleside Gallery, Richmond, VA
l997 Female Fetishes, Genkan Gallery, Tokyo Japan
Female Implements, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Claudia DeMonte, Gateway Center, Prudential Plaza, Newark, NJ
1996 Domestique, Leedy Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Female Implements: Serving Objects, Panorama Gallery, Winchester School of Art,
  Barcelona, Spain
1995 Housewives, Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1994 New Work, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL
Significant Losses, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Part, MD
1993 Female Fetishes, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1992 Objects of a Woman's Life, Jones/Troyer Fitzpatrick Gallery, Washington, DC
1991 Claudia DeMonte, Gallery 86, Lodz, Poland
1989 Claudia DeMonte/Ed McGowin, Falcon Gallery, Riyada, Saudi Arabia.
Shrines, Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York
1988 Amphora, Jones/Troyer Gallery, Washington, DC
1986 New Work: Two Installations, Xochipilli Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Windows, Grey Art Gallery, New York University
1985 Claudia at Home & Abroad, Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York; catalogue

Public and Corporate Collections
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Mobile Museum of Art, AL
Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, FL
Museum of South Texas, Edinburgh, Texas
New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Portland Art Museum, ME
Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
St. Louis University Art Museum, Sedalia, MO
The Patterson Museum, NJ
Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows, NY
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, CT
Tucson Art Museum, AZ
Flint Institute of Art, MI
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Center for the Fine Arts, Vero Beach, FL
Brenau University Galleries, Simmons Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA
Frederick S. Wright Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
New School for Social Research, New York
St. Lawrence University, NY
Miami-Dade Community College, FL
Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY
Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Contemporary Art Museum, Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Italy
Konin Museum, Poland
Museum Artystow, Lodz, Poland
Museum of Modern Art of Salerno, Italy
Sweenter Shoe Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland
University of Oldenburg, Germany
Siemens Company, West Germany
Bellevue Hospital, New York
Exxon Corporation, New York
J .P. Morgan/Chase, New York
Prudential Life Insurance, Parsippany, NJ

Curated Exhibitions
2004-07 Real Beauty: A Celebration of Diversity and Global Culture, 140 handmade dolls by
  women artists from around the world; touring exhibition, brochure
2000-07 Women of the World: A Global Collection of Art, works by women artists from 177
  countries addressing the question, “What image depicts women?” traveled to 22
  venues nationally and internationally, book published by Pomegranate, San
  Francisco, CA
1994 Significant Losses, curatorial consultant, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland,
  College Park, MD
Collection of Jim & Danielle Sotet, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; catalogue
International Folk Art Exhibition, Sarlinger, co-curator, lender and essayist

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