Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Calder Preview

When I went to PEM's (the Peabody Essex Museum here in Salem, MA) preview of the Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic exhibition last week, and listened to Dan Monroe, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan (of PEM) and Stephanie Barron (of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) talk about this show, I jotted down some notes of things that they said which resonated with me, and I hope they do for you as well:

  • Mobiles did not exist before Calder
  • 40 pieces of art that are transformative
  • Enjoy the shadows
  • Getting "you" the visitor to slow down is our goal
  • Sculpture in the past (before Calder) think -- David, by Michelangelo, Lincoln by Flannery, and Bronco Buster by Remington -- all three-dimensional figures attached to the "ground" as it were
  • Now because of Calder we get "statues" that move, change, and recreate themselves with a breeze
  • Influenced by Mondrian
  • Calder's first time in New England in over 50 years
  • The only East Coast venue for this traveling show is right here in Salem, MA.
Because of the agreement with LACMA I could not take photos this time, which made me a bit sad, because the images that we can share with you do not really convey the differences in scale of this exhibit.  But all the more reason that you can and should come to PEM and see this great show for yourself.  

Here is one of the images just so you can have an idea of what a "Calder" piece is, in case you did not know:
Alexander Calder, "Little Face", 1962, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Gift of the Joseph B and Ann S. Koepfli Trust in honor of the museum's 40th anniversary @ Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Don't forget -- if you are traveling to Salem to see this show, the Hawthorne Hotel offers a great PEM package which includes tickets to the Museum.

I hope to see you here, or there.


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