Skip to Content

To best protect the health and safety of our community, the museum is temporarily closed. Learn more.

Parallel Manipulation

A work made of acrylic on hardboard.
© The estate of Christina Ramberg.

Image actions

  • A work made of acrylic on hardboard.

Date:

1977

Artist:

Christina Ramberg
American, 1946-1995

About this artwork

Christina Ramberg is known for enigmatic paintings of fragments of the female body—typically torsos, legs, and hands—tightly cropped and partially clothed, bound, or veiled. The formal clarity, stylized figuration, and references to Surrealism and popular culture in her works aligned her with the Chicago Imagists, who she exhibited with in the False Image exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960s. The artist’s pointedly feminist critique of the social conditions that physically shape and constrict the female body was furthered by her interest in costume history and her collection of medical illustrations, paper dolls, and fashion advertisements. Her focus on patterning and clever use of juxtaposition are expressed in Parallel Manipulation, in which a head of braided hair mimics the decorative designs of a woman’s garment.

Currently Off View

Contemporary Art

Artist

Christina Ramberg

Title

Parallel Manipulation

Origin

Kentucky

Date

1977

Medium

Acrylic on hardboard

Dimensions

33.5 x 60.5 cm (13 1/8 x 23 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Robert A. Lewis Fund in memory of William and Polly Levey

Reference Number

1982.398

Copyright

© The estate of Christina Ramberg.

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share