In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting Apples and Oranges by Judy Pfaff, a pioneer of installation art in the 1970s. Facing Apples and Oranges is like entering a supermarket, a place brimming with colorful foods and bold advertising. Pfaff finds freedom in doing the unexpected. Her unconventional still life bursts into three-dimensions and overflows with life’s wild energy. Pfaff said of her work, “I think most people think it’s just fun. There is so little fun going on…to have things feel loose takes a sort of thoughtfulness.” In this exuberant mash-up of natural bounty and industrial materials, Pfaff grapples with modern day domestic life and the commercial world that drives it.
Apples and Oranges is on view on the Skyway Level of our Wieland Pavilion and is just one of 15,000 works in our rotating collection. It’s all here for you!
Judy Pfaff (American, born England, 1946), Apples and Oranges, 1986. Plastic laminates, painted steel, and wood. Purchase with 20th-Century Art Acquisition Fund. © Judy Pfaff / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY