Keith Sonnier:

Selections from the Herd Series

July 15 to September 16, 2023

Opening reception July 15, 5:00 to 7:00 PM 

The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present Keith Sonnier: Selections from the Herd Series on view in the summer studio from July 15 through September 16, The exhibition features three neon sculptures and ten works on paper from 2006 – 2008. The abstract sculptures of the Herd series draw their inspiration from Africa and the wild animals of the Safari. Sonnier, a talented draftsman, immersed himself in studies of bone relics of Mastodons and other herd animals in the photographic archives and dioramas at the Museum of Natural History before embarking on the series. His process is revealed in the expressive and spontaneous works on paper which served as studies for the sculptures. 

Keith Sonnier (1941- 2020) received a B.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette in 1963 and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 1966. Along with his contemporaries Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle, Eva Hesse, Richard Serra, and Barry LeVa, Sonnier radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s, calling all previous conceptions of the art form into question by employing unusual materials that pushed beyond Minimalism. In 1968, the artist began working with neon, which quickly became a defining element of his work, allowing him to draw in space with light and color while interacting with architectural planes. 

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Special thanks to the Estate of Keith Sonnier. 


Silas + Rashaun

Light Reading 

Saturday, August 12 at 6:00 PM

Sunday, August 13 at 5:00 PM

Seating is limited. Purchase Tickets Here 


Please join us in the garden for a special multi-disciplinary performance created for Madoo. Dance artists Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener invite saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief, writer/performer Claudia LaRocco, and choreographer/performer Jodi Melnick to converge in the gardens of the Madoo Conservancy for an evening of dance, words, and music. These long-time improvisers and collaborators will create a site-responsive performance, overlapping forms while relating to the rich textures and resonant energies of the gardens at Madoo Conservancy. More at

Special thanks to Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel.  



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