Anna Maria Maiolino

'Por um fio (By a Thread)'

The SCAD Museum of Art presents a major survey exhibition of work by Anna Maria Maiolino, a renowned São Paulo-based artist. Maiolino’slife path informs much of her work. The Italian-born artist emigrated to the U.S. and Venezuela before ultimately establishing herself in Brazil, where she has become one of the most significant and accomplished artists in the country.

Signature image for Anna Maria Maiolino exhibition
Anna Maria Maiolino, João & Maria (John & Mary), video: color and sound, 2009/2015. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, © Anna Maria Maiolino.

Maiolino works in various mediums including drawing, printmaking, poetry, film, performance, installation, and sculpture. In her artistic practice, seemingly simple, primal gestures, such as drawing erratic lines or forming balls of clay, become complex and articulated meditations on the power of actions. Her artworks are organic and poetic, masterfully delving into the acts of creation and destruction to reveal elements of intimacy and domesticity.

Por um fio (By a Thread) presents a wide range of the artist’s works from 1972 to the present, including a specially commissioned large-scale work from her acclaimed series Terra Modelada. Taking its title from a photographic work from 1976 that depicts the artist, her mother, and her daughter literally joined by a thread, the exhibition highlights both formal and conceptual notions of interconnectedness in a deliberate attempt to emphasize humanity, empathy, nourishment, and deprivation as integral elements of her practice.

The exhibition is presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2020, the university’s annual program of exhibitions, lectures, and performances held Feb. 18–20 at locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.

About the artist

Since 1964, Maiolino’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions in Italy, Switzerland, the U.S., the U.K., France, Cyprus, and Portugal, among many other countries. Recent exhibitions include Making Love Revolutionary at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Anna Maria Maiolino at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and O AMOR SE FAZ REVOLUCIONÁRIO at PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy.

Install Views


Por um fio (By a Thread) is curated by Humberto Moro, adjunct curator for SCAD exhibitions.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty, and staff with a valid SCAD Card and open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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