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Marjorie Strider/ Marjorie Virginia Strider

United States 1931 - 2014

Pop Art

Marjorie Strider
Marjorie Virginia Strider
Female
United States
1931

Marjorie Strider was an American painter, sculptor and performance artist best known for her three-dimensional paintings and site-specific installations/sculptures. It has often been said that this artist’s pieces placed the techniques of Minimalism within a Pop art milieu. Marjorie Strider is perhaps best known for her Triptychs, a series of paintings created during the 1960s that was inspired by the images of pin-up girls. She would later develop her own breed of art making called Process art, a technique created because purely painted or mixed media pieces done on a flat plane couldn’t give Strider what she wanted.

Marjorie Strider - Triptych II, 1963 - Image via pinterestcom
Marjorie Strider – Triptych II, 1963 – Image via pinterest.com

Her Role in the Avant-garde World

Marjorie Virginia Strider was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in the year of 1931. She studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute before moving to New York City in the early 1960s. She soon became a hot topic within the world of art as Strider’s three-dimensional paintings of beach girls were featured alongside other “pin-up”-inspired Pop art by Rosalyn Drexler, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselman. Her bold figural work aimed to undermine sexist images of women in popular culture by turning objectified female bodies into menacing forms. Marjorie quickly became a core member of the 1960s avant-garde. Strider married Michael Kirby, a contemporary artist and writer, in the year of 1965. Perhaps it was the intimate friendship with the Oldenburgs that led Strider to redirect her artistic focus from hard sculptural paintings to soft sculpture in the 1970s – these works are similar in style and intent to Lynda Benglis‘ floor paintings created at the same time. A few decades later, Marjorie began to make paintings with tactile surfaces that were more Abstract Expressionist than Pop. She died at her home in Saugerties, New York, on August 27, 2014.

Marjorie Strider - Low Tide - Image via galeriemagazinecom
Marjorie Strider – Low Tide – Image via galeriemagazine.com

Analyzing the Contradictions and Traits of Her Art

As a female artist among a movement dominated by men, it was always surprising that Marjorie Strider tackled an unlikely subject of the pin-up girl, a theme that was virtually synonymous with the objectification of women. However, Strider’s work was a study in contradictions as she used pictures of pin-ups in order to overcome what the very pin-ups were causing in the first place. It is this skillful contradiction that generates the humor and pleasure we derive from Marjorie Strider’s art and is what marks its historical importance. Another aspect that placed this artist on the map was that Strider’s art evinced the characteristic Pop approach, both celebrating and critiquing aspects of modern American life, but it also was interested to move beyond it in order to explore questions at the essence of modernism.

Using a manner that was similar to the one favored by her Minimalist contemporaries, Marjorie Strider tackled Pop art’s subject matter and overall tone

Marjorie Strider - Come Hither, 1963 / Yellow Rose - Image via wikiartorg and artfixdailycom
Marjorie Strider – Come Hither, 1963 / Yellow Rose – Image via wikiart.org and artfixdaily.com

The Legacy of Marjorie Strider

In her fifty-year career, Marjorie Strider had relished in transgressing conventions and became a master of defying viewers’ expectations. And by doing so, she established herself as a major player in the 1960s avant-garde scene, presenting her own works and collaborating with colleagues, most notably working on the famous Happenings with Claes Oldenburg. Ultimately, Marjorie Strider’s legacy was cemented by her decision to place her Pop culture subjects within a formal, medium-centered ethos, as well as for devising a method of art making completely her own.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Marjorie Strider: Come HitherBroadway 1602, New York City, NY Solo
2015International PopDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX Group
2015International PopWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN Group
2013The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop ArtAcquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY Group
2013Pop Goes The Easel: Pop Art And Its ProgenyLyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT Group
2012Recent work by Marjorie StriderBorghi Fine Art , Englewood, NJ Solo
2011Marjorie StriderHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NY Solo
2011Gallery SelectionsHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NY Group
2011 ThreatBroadway 1602, New York City, NY Group
2011Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA Group
2010Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY Group
2010Artpark: 1974-1984UB Art Galleries, Buffalo, NY Group
2010Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE Group
2006New York's OwnFuse Gallery, New York City, NY Group
1984Marjorie Strider, 10 YearsFred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK Solo
1984Marjorie Strider: Ten Years (1970-1980)The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ Solo
1979Material Pleasures: The Fabric Workshop At IcaUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Group
1976Marjorie Strider: Tower ProjectMoMA PS1, New York City, NY Solo
1976RoomsMoMA PS1, New York City, NY Group
1974Painting and SculptureMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY Group
1971Twentysix by TwentysixThe Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY Group
19701970 annual exhibition Comtemporary American SculptureWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY Group
1970Art in the MindAllen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH Group
1965Marjorie Strider: Recent WorksPace Gallery NY, New York City, NY Solo
1965Marjorie StriderPace Gallery NY, New York City, NY Solo
1965Beyond RealismPace Gallery NY, New York City, NY Group
1965Arena of LoveDwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Group
1964Group Exhibition of Gallery ArtistsPace Gallery NY, New York City, NY Group
1964First International Girlie ShowPace Gallery, Boston, Boston, MA Group
1964First International Girlie ShowPace Gallery, NY, New York City, NY Group