Sebrof Forbes Cultural Arts Center Presents Maxine Cable: Transformation, A Retrospective Survey Featuring Stupa Village

By Editorial Team on January 10, 2022

Sat, 01 January 2022 - Sun, 30 January 2022

Courtesy of Sebrof Forbes Cultural Arts Center.
Reception: Saturday, January 29 from 1pm to 4pm


Maxine Cable (1931-2018) approached art as both a spiritual quest and a way of life. Cable’s installations transform functional, humble materials into a cumulative experience connecting the human spirit to greater cosmic forces.

Maxine Cable’s stupa installation, made of baskets, exemplifies this transformation, evoking a sacred-relic atmosphere of Tibetan monuments that she knew from travel, study, and meditation on her journey to become a Buddhist. Many believe that circumambulating stupas both purifies negative karma and gives realizations on the path to enlightenment. In keeping with Buddhist thought, Cable disassembled her site-specific work after exhibitions and repurposed them anew. During this final stupa exhibition, the baskets are for sale to benefit SFCAC.

The Sebrof Forbes Cultural Arts Center, a place for community gathering, is the perfect setting for this retrospective survey of Ms. Cable’s career. Her stupa installation is ringed with representative works of her artistic directions: painting, printmaking, veiled works, thangka-influenced hangings and assemblage sculptures addressing broad themes of family, nature, peace, enlightenment and war. Cable also used photographs taken by her artistic partner/husband, James Cable (1915-2012), documenting Buddhist monuments.

The exhibition is curated by The Cabinet Art.

Catalogs of Maxine Cable artworks and exhibitions cards will be available.

About Maxine Cable
From the mid-1970s through the early 2000s, Maxine Cable was influential in the Washington DC art scene as an independent curator and as a founding member of Gallery 10, Ltd., at Dupont Circle from 1974 – 2010. Gallery 10 was established to exhibit the newest art genres, installations, and adventurous and experimental art, especially anything beyond the frame.

Cable began her exhibition career with large geometric color field paintings and printmaking, exploring early Egyptian motifs before concentrating on assemblage and installation work reflecting her broad cultural interests in ritual and spirituality. An early installation at the Art Barn, questioning the conflicting ideals of womanhood in a chapel like setting, created a firestorm of attempted censorship resulting in a redemption of artistic freedom. During her decades as an exhibiting artist, Cable addressed broad social issues of war, peace, and ecology as well as spiritual development.

Born in Philadelphia, Ms. Cable attended Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University before moving to the Washington, DC area to earn a BA at the Corcoran School of Art through George Washington University. After studying color theory with Hans Hoffman, she continued with graduate studies at American University where she met her husband, James T. Cable, (1915– 2012). They shared a deep interest in diverse cultural artistic expression and investigative art travel in the U.S., Europe, Egypt, and particularly Buddhist sites in Asia. She initiated many international exchange exhibitions at Gallery 10. The Cables participated in and supported many art groups including Artists Equity and The Vestal Virgins. Over the years the Cable home became their most eclectic and extensive installation reflecting not only life well-examined but also well-lived.


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Sebrof Forbes Cultural Arts Center is located at 3535 University Boulevard West, Kensington, MD.