The Artery Spotlights Alumna and Chicago Imagist Christina Ramberg
On February 27 The Artery surveyed the career of alumna, faculty member, and Chicago imagist Christina Ramberg (BA 1968, MFA 1973). Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) celebrated Ramberg this winter with a mini retrospective of her work produced between 1979 and 81. Ramberg’s “paintings of ladies in various states of undress, later paintings of ominous mutant bodies, all charged with desire but also questioning the sexual packaging of women—made her one of the most extraordinary American artists to emerge over the past half century,” says arts reporter Greg Cook. The 13 works on view at the ICA “show that [Ramberg’s paintings] continue to seduce and disconcert.” Cook describes Ramberg’s education as a formative component of her career, citing her relationships with alumni and faculty including Kathleen Blackshear (Art History), Ray Yoshida (BFA 1953), Carol Becker (former Dean of Faculty), along with “Hairy Who” painters Karl Wirsum (BA 1966, Painting and Drawing), Jim Nutt (1965, 67), Gladys Nilsson (BFA 1962), Barbara Rossi (Painting and Drawing), and husband Phil Hanson (MFA 1968, Painting and Drawing).