OCTOBER 14, 1999 -NOVEMBER 18, 2000
This major retrospective of the work of Mahonri M. Young features over 135 sculptures, paintings and drawings. Most of the works in the exhibition come from the MOA’s permanent collection, which holds the nation’s largest collection of the artist’s works. His art is a celebration of life-an affirmation of the worth of the individual soul and the dignity of honest labor. Shepherds, construction workers, weavers, farmers, dancers, boxers, street vendors, fishermen, cowboys, housewives-all are represented with frank realism and open admiration. His art celebrates all of life’s experiences-failure as well as success, sorrow as well as joy-and recreates a natural world of deserts, seas, and mountains where all living things are respected.