Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins will debut a new body of more than a dozen round paintings made between 2017 and 2019 by the pioneering American artist known for his use of language.  The presentation features text Ruscha painted on found drum heads that he has collected over the past forty years. Informed by memories of the distinctive slang he grew up hearing in Oklahoma, the phrases consist of double negatives such as “I Never Done Nobody No Harm” and “I Ain’t Telling You No Lie.” As Ruscha explains, “I grew up with people that spoke this way.…I was very acutely aware of it and amused by it. It seems like you’d run from incorrect English, but I embraced it. I like seeing it and exposing it.”

Organized by Veronica Roberts, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art


Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.

Generous funding for this exhibition is provided by Jeanne and Michael Klein, with additional support from Ellen and David Berman.

Ed Ruscha photo by Sten M. Rosenlund.