Visiting Curator 2019


“better organized,” like a tropical storm

-Curated by Sophia Marisa Lucas 

Featuring: Lydia Panas, Maya Varadaraj, Amy Wilson

August 19-September 27, 2019
Reception: Thursday, September 12th, 5 – 7 pm

237 South 18th Street, Suite 3A
Gallery Hours: August by appointment
September are Monday - Friday, 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment 

Taking its title from a short story by renowned American writer Lydia Davis, “better organized,” like a tropical storm brings together works that present a complex, disarming feminine power—both mysterious and sophisticated. Amy Wilson, Lydia Panas, and Maya Varadaraj depict women in a palpable states of harnessed vulnerability and self-possession. Like a storm concentrating its efforts, each subject confronts the viewer with anticipatory energy.

Sophia Marisa Lucas is Assistant Curator at the Queens Museum, where she recently organized Queens International 2018: Volumes, the eighth iteration of the museum's biannual exhibition of Queens-based artists. At the Queens Museum, she has also co-organized QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship exhibitions by Sable Elyse Smith (2017) and Julia Weist (2017) with Hitomi Iwasaki and worked with Larissa Harris on Maintenance Art (2016), a museum-wide retrospective of Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Previously, she contributed to exhibitions and programming at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; The Artist’s Institute, New York; and Slought Foundation, Philadelphia. During her M.A. studies at CUNY Hunter College, she was a member of the ACE Curatorial Collective (2011–2013) and contributed to or co-organized several exhibitions for the university’s galleries, including Gego/Gerd: a dialogue (2014), and Objects of Devotion and Desire: Medieval Relic to Contemporary Art (2012). Her work appears in Anthony Huberman's Today we should be thinking about (2015), published by The Artist’s Institute and Koenig Books.


August 19
September 27, 2019
artist reception: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
5 - 7
237 S. 18th St. #3A
Philadelphia, PA 19103