Tory Fair: Portable Window

On view from January 15 – March 14, 2021
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design

ICA Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 12:00 – 5:00pm

Tory Fair: Portable Window premieres Tory Fair’s recent video, photography, and sculpture that frame new perspectives in collaboration and landscape. Inspired to steward some of the seeds that pioneering feminist Mary Miss planted as a sculptor in the 1970s, Fair opened an intergenerational dialogue with Miss and is guided by her priorities: “Breathing space, human scale, and first-hand experience,” suggesting that art has the ability to give back and empower these fundamental rights. Framing space usually helps to formalize composition, but these works frame in order to destabilize and disorient. The landscape tilts and turns. Through generating conversations, happenings, and videos Fair’s playful work opens up several platforms to listen and learn in an unprecedented time of pandemic anxiety and cultural upheaval. 

Tory Fair: Portable Window is organized by Director of Exhibitions Julie Poitras Santos with Assistant Director Nikki Rayburn.


Artist Talk

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:30 PM: Tory Fair in conversation with pioneering environmental artist Mary Miss