Ree Morton works on view at Virtual ICA LA

Spend some time with Ree Morton:The Plant That Heals May Also Poison currently at ICA LA and viewable with Virtual ICA LA. It is the first major U.S. exhibition of Ree Morton (1936–1977) in nearly 40 years and features rarely seen works that span a single decade of artistic production before the artist’s untimely death at the age of 41. 

Reimagining tropes of love, friendship, and motherhood, while radically asserting sentiment as a legitimate subject of artmaking, Morton’s conceptually rigorous work is generous toward the viewer, its spirit of playfulness and joy inflecting all aspects of the exhibition. 

To celebrate Ree Morton—artist, mother, and singular voice—ICA LA presents live online programs and an exclusive opportunity to watch a rare interview she gave in the 1970s. Special thanks to Video Data Bank for supporting the distribution of this documentary.

Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison.

The Plant That Heals May Also Poison is the first major United States exhibition of artist Ree Morton (1936–1977) in nearly four decades. The exhibition features several rarely seen works, including a selection of installations, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and archival materials which span a single decade of artistic production before Morton’s untimely death in 1977. Virtually visit the exhibition here.


From May 8–15, enjoy an online screening of Ree Morton: An Interview (TRT: 23 mins)

This rare footage of the artist captures the first of two interviews by Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield—co-founders of Video Data Bank—conducted with Morton; the second was for the journal Heresies in 1977. This historical interview was originally recorded in 1974 and re-edited in 2007 with support from the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund. Watch here.

Special thanks to Video Data Bank for their support of this online program.

ICA states, “We look forward to seeing you again when it’s time to reopen our doors. Until then, stay connected with our newsletters and social media channels.”

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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