Angela Dufresne: Just My Type
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz
Anastasia James, Co-curator (with Melissa Ragona)
Angela Dufresne (b.1969) was raised in the Olathe Suburbs of Kansas in the town that Dick and Perry stopped in before they killed the Clutters (In Cold Blood) and is now based in Brooklyn. She was the first to receive a college degree in her lineage. Through painting, drawing, and performative work, Dufresne wields heterotopic narratives that are both non-hierarchical and perverse and poignantly articulate porous ways of being in a world fraught by fear, power, and possession. Known for her impressive tableaux vivants that are both grandiose and humble, Just My Type: Angela Dufresne will feature more intimate and rarely exhibited portraits of the artist’s friends, family, and community. Often painted from life, her paintings are reactionary and intuitive and speak to the immediacy of our chaotic contemporary condition.
Dufresne has exhibited at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, The National Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, The Cleveland Institute of Art, The Aldridge Museum in Connecticut, Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, the Rose Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts, Mills College in Oakland, California, and the Minneapolis School of Art and Design. She is currently Associate Professor of painting at RISD. Awards and honors include 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, residency at Yaddo, a Purchase Award at The National Academy of Arts and Letters, two fellowships at The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, The Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship.
Cover Image: Angela Dufresne, Torkwase Dyson, 2017, oil on canvas, 5.5 x 7.5 feet