475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612

Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt.

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Mary Curtis Ratcliff: DIVINE, A Miscellany of Timeless Works

January 2012

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Mary Curtis Ratcliff, "Vestal" (1992), 72 x 20 x 20 inches

A look at an extended period of artistic activity by Berkeley artist Mary Curtis Ratcliff, the work in this exhibition links the feminist spirituality movement of the 1970s, a pilgrimage by the artist to Malta in 2001 to visit the ruins of 6000-year-old goddess temples, and the contemporary feminine represented in pop culture where visions of feminine beauty are represented as fashion plates in paper doll form. Along the way Ratcliff plays with elegance and banality, the archaic and modern, sober and comic, sacred and profane.

Mary Curtis Ratcliff attended the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence Rhode Island. She has exhibited in twenty solo exhibitions and over 80 group shows. Her work is in more than 80 private collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco-Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and the Oakland Museum of California.

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, January 21, 4-6 pm. Artist’s Talk & Performance at 5pm.
Oakland Art Murmur First Friday Openings: Friday, January 6 & Friday, February 3, 6-9pm

Mercury 20 Gallery

475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510-701-4620

Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt