A close up photo of two webbed feet from a sculpture of a frog.

Margaret Honda, frog (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist

Margaret Honda

Forum Gallery

Forum 82

The 82nd installment of CMOA’s Forum series debuts a new commission by Los Angeles–based artist Margaret Honda (b. 1961, San Diego, California).

For this exhibition, Honda has created a singular, enigmatic sculpture. Painstakingly rendered in lifelike detail including internal organs, and measuring nearly five feet long, the work is modeled after a frog-like form Honda observed in a Renaissance painting at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan. The painting, Bramantino’s Madonna delle Torri (1520), depicts the Madonna and Child enthroned; at their feet lies a slain man and a gargantuan frog with anthropomorphic features. At once material and philosophical, Honda’s sculpture prompts us to ponder our relationship to art and the world we make.

Margaret Honda is organized by Eric Crosby, Henry J. Heinz II Acting Director and Richard Armstrong Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art.


Major funding for the Forum series is generously provided by the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation. Additional support for this exhibition is provided by the Ruth Levine Memorial Fund.