• Sol Lewitt, On a Wall Which is Divided Vertically Into Three Equal Sections, One Each Red, Yellow and Blue, a 1" Pencil Grid is Drawn Over the Entire Surface, 1979. Courtesy of John Weber Gallery.

  • Supershow!, installation view at the Hudson River Museum, 1979.

  • Edward Kienholz, The Billionaire Deluxe, 1977. Courtesy of Gemini G.E.L.

  • Supershow!, installation view at the Hudson River Museum, 1979.

  • Nancy Graves, Calipers, 1970. Courtesy of M. Knoedler Co., Inc.

  • Mark di Suvero, Untitled, 1976. Courtesy of Richard Bellamy.

Curated by Susan Sollins

Supershow! was organized with your enjoyment in mind. Its major purpose is to present the variety and diversity of contemporary art, and to encourage involvement and participation with that art, both physically and intellectually. While some exhibitions are organized to explore an idea or theme which relates a group of objects to one another, others are organized to explore a historical period. This exhibition does neither, but it does present a cross-section of contemporary art, none produced earlier than 1961. Supershow! includes art that makes use of video, books, sound, recognizable shapes, abstract imagery, and many different materials. Some art is about art; some art is art which comments on the social environment; some investigates natural phenomena.


Of the nineteen artists included in this exhibition, some like Alexander Calder are extemely well-known with established reputations; others are lesser known. Much of the art made by these artists can be looked at in the usual way, but there is also work included here which you can touch, walk through, play with, listen to, or experience as an actively engaged spectator.”


- Excerpt from catalogue introduction by Susan Sollins, 1980



Susan Sollins

Susan Sollins was co-founder, with Nina Castelli Sundell, of ICI, and its Executive Director from the organization’s inception in 1975, until 1996. In 1997, Susan founded Art21, an organization dedicated to introducing contemporary art to millions of people through television and digital media – in many ways a continuation of her goals in setting up ICI. The documentaries created by Art21 were a new form of dynamic portraits capturing the Lives of the Artists of today, which made Susan, in the words of ICI Board Chair Patterson Sims, “the Vasari of our own times.”

Susan was a member of the senior curatorial team at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum early in her career, and was visual-arts consultant for Thirteen/WNET’s TV program City Arts. Among the exhibitions she curated with ICI are Art in Landscape (1976–77), New Sculpture: Icon and Environment (1983–84), Points of View: Four Painters (1985–86), Eternal Metaphors: New Art from Italy (1989–92). She also co-curated many ICI exhibitions, including Supershow! (1979–80), After Matisse (1986–88), and Team Spirit (1990–92), co-curated with Nina Castelli Sundell. She contributed to ICI’s Project 35 (2010-12). She received a Peabody Award for “Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century” (2007), and great critical acclaim for her feature-length film on William Kentridge, broadcast on PBS (2010). She served on the boards of the MacDowell Colony and ICI. In 2008, she also received the Skowhegan Governors Award for Outstanding Service to Artists (2008).


touring schedule

The New Gallery
Cleveland, OH, United States
October 3, 1980 - October 31, 1980

The Center for Fine Arts
Mesa, AZ, United States
April 12, 1980 - June 4, 1980

Landmark Center
St. Paul, MN, United States
January 26, 1980 - March 9, 1980

The Hudson River Museum
Yonkers, NY, United States
October 20, 1979 - December 9, 1979

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