This spring, MoMA PS1 presents the first retrospective of artist Pacita Abad (Filipina-American, 1946–2004). Spanning the artist’s 32-year career, the exhibition includes more than 100 works—most of which have never been on public view in the United States prior to this exhibition—showcasing her experiments across mediums, including textiles, works on paper, costumes, and ceramics.
Largely self-taught, Abad is best known for her trapuntos, quilted paintings made by stitching and stuffing her canvases as opposed to stretching them over a wood frame. After moving to the United States in 1970 to escape political persecution from the authoritarian Marcos regime, Abad sought to give visibility to political refugees and oppressed peoples through her work.
Image: Installation view of the exhibition Pacita Abad: A Million Things to Say / courtesy of MoMA PS1