Smash - MOCA Westport


We are pleased to present our Spring Exhibition, Smash, on view to the public from April 2 – June 13, 2021. The exhibition is devoted exclusively to the videos of contemporary artist Marilyn Minter.

Presented in both grandiose and intimate scales and settings throughout our galleries, Minter’s videos are exhibited together for the first time in a public institution. Seeped in lush imagery oscillating between figuration and abstraction, Minter’s works encapsulate feminism, pleasure, voyeurism and notions of beauty, desire and chance.

Marilyn Minter’s custom-designed AMC Pacer automobile featuring an interior, surround viewing of her work Green Pink Caviar, is also exhibited for the first time.

Minter is a contemporary American painter, photographer and video artist recognized for examining the relationships between the body and cultural beliefs about sexuality, desire, and pleasure. Her paintings and richly colored photographs and videos have been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and have been included in group exhibitions all over the world. She currently works and lives in New York, NY.

Reservations are no longer necessary; please visit us during gallery hours (Wed – Sunday, 12-4pm). 

“ There's this constant distortion that's happening between all of us...there's a sense of failure. But at the same time, all of this pleasure."
—Marilyn Minter

MoCA Westport would like to thank Alissa Friedman and Salon 94 for their contribution to this exhibition. We also thank Jane and David Preiser for their generous support in funding the production of this exhibition. Without their gift, we could not have delivered such a dynamic and exciting video installation.

We also thank Girlfriend Fund for their generous support of the exhibition. Girlfriend Fund is an artist support initiative created by a donor and collector who champions women artists. 

About Marilyn Minter

In 2006, Marilyn Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and installed several billboards in Chelsea, New York City in collaboration with Creative Time. Her video ​Green Pink Caviar​ was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA from 2010-2011. It was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA and on the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square, New York.

In 2013, Minter was featured in “Riotous Baroque,” an exhibition that originated at the Kunsthaus Zürich and traveled to the Guggenheim Bilbao. In 2015, Minter’s retrospective ​Pretty/Dirty ​opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, TX. ​Pretty/Dirty traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, the Orange County Museum of Art, and finally the Brooklyn Museum in November 2016. Minter is represented by Salon 94, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen. Born in Shreveport, LA in 1948, Marilyn Minter lives and works in New York, NY.  

Smash at MoCA Westport

Photos by John Videler Photography. AMC Pacer: Courtesy of the artist and No More Rulers.

Image Credits: Smash (video still), 2014, HD Digital Video, Running time: 7:55 minutes, Ratio 16:9. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, NY. © Marilyn Minter. (high heel image). Green Pink Caviar (video stills), 2009, HD Digital Video, Running Time: 7:45 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, NY. © Marilyn Minter. (video in car)Image