Rita McBride lives in Los Angeles and Düsseldorf where she is a professor at the Kunstakademie. McBride’s first solo museum show was at Witte de With in 1997. Subsequently her work has been the subject of museum exhibitions in Austria, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Since she began exhibiting in the late 1980s, McBride has explored the role of often overlooked mainstays of public space. With an eye trained on modernistic objects and architecture, her sculptures toy with the functionalism and formalism of public structures. In 2011, Mae West, McBride’s 52 meter tall carbon steel sculpture, which is located on the Effnerplatz in Munich, was unveiled. As a sculpture, Mae West is not only one of the largest to ever be realized but sets a new principle with regard to sculpture’s relationship with gravity. McBride’s work is the subject of a solo exhibition at MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona in 2012. The exhibition, Oferta Pública/Public Tender, was curated by Baromeu Mari and functioned as a discourse between McBride’s work and the architecture of the museum itself. In the fall of 2013, a solo exhibition of McBride’s work will open at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and will be on view through the spring of 2014.