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Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped

Jul 25, 2019–Jan 19, 2020

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major museum survey and chronicles over twenty years of her work in ceramics. The exhibition features more than 120 of Rosen’s most influential and dynamic works, never before exhibited in her home base of Northern California. Included are both early and recent ceramic sculptures that range from the diminutive to the monumental, as well as largescale works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her sculptural practice.

Raised in Brooklyn by a working-class Jewish family, Rosen’s process—grounded in resourcefulness, endurance, and a strong work ethic—can be traced to her upbringing. Drawing from the ethos that everything broken can always be fixed or re-used, Rosen embraces the impulse to rescue or resurrect broken ceramic fragments. She sees both her studio and the kiln as spaces of invention, where process and chance are equally essential elements in the formation of her art.

For over two decades, Rosen has interrogated the medium of ceramics in a contemporary art context. Formally trained in ceramics, yet heavily influenced by painterly gesture, Rosen has expanded her practice to include conceptually-driven sculptural forms. Composed using laborious, additive processes, her works push the medium beyond spectacle and into conversations about contemporary painting, feminist theory, endurance-based performance, and conceptual art.

Annabeth Rosen is a pioneer in the field of contemporary ceramics, bringing fluidity to the genre and its discourse with contemporary art. Within the genre’s trajectory, the artist functions as an important link between such artist as Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Jun Kaneko, Peter Voulkos, as well as a new generation of artists working in the medium.


This exhibition is included in your general admission ticket. Museum admission also includes free access to all public programs and tours, unless otherwise noted. Public tours are offered daily (except Wednesdays) and are available first-come, first-serve—no reservations are necessary. Private guided tours, access tours for visitors with disabilities, and guided tours for school groups of all ages are also available.

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An intimate profile of the artist Annabeth Rosen, exploring her work as an artist, teacher, and mentor. Film courtesy Josie Browne & Kristi Jernigan, Beam Contemporary Art. Produced and Directed by Daniel Traub, ITINERANT PICTURES.


Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is organized by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) and was curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, CAMH’s former Senior Curator, currently the Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. CAMH’s presentation was generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Sara and Bill Morgan, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Presentation of the exhibition in San Francisco is organized by Heidi Rabben, Senior Curator, The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Leadership support is generously provided by Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt. Major support is provided by Phyllis and David Cook and Dorothy R Saxe.

Image Credit

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped (installation view), at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2019. Photo by Gary Sexton Photography