Exhibitions

Blue Feather, c. 1948

Alexander Calder

Sheet metal, wire, and paint

42 x 55 x 18 inches

Calder Foundation, New York

© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Calder Foundation, New York/Art Resource, NY

Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

On view September 6, 2014 to January 4, 2015

Located in the: Dodge Gallery 2

Alexander Calder's abstract works revolutionized modern sculpture and made him one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. In collaboration with the Calder Foundation, this exhibition brings together 40 of the artist's mobiles (kinetic metal works) and stabiles (dynamic monumental sculptures) to explore how Alexander Calder introduced the visual vocabulary of the French Surrealists into the American vernacular.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in cooperation with the Calder Foundation, New York. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The AMG Foundation and Eaton Vance Investment Counsel sponsored the exhibition. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support.

AMG

In-Kind Media Partner:
WBUR

Images

Alexander Calder, La Demoiselle, 1939.

Alexander Calder, La Demoiselle, 1939.

Glenstone. © Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Alexander Calder, Little Face, 1962.

Alexander Calder, Little Face, 1962.

Los Angeles Country Museum of Art; Gift of the Joseph B. & Ann S. Koepfli Trust in New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. © 2014 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Blue Feather, c. 1948

Blue Feather, c. 1948

Alexander Calder

Sheet metal, wire, and paint

42 x 55 x 18 inches

Calder Foundation, New York

© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Calder Foundation, New York/Art Resource, NY

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Members' Open House ›
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
Friday, September 5, 2014 from 10am - 5pm
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Members' Open House 10 am-5 pm

Members' Evening Reception ›
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic
Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6:30pm - 9pm

Members $20, Guests $25

Enjoy Highlights from the film Calder: Sculptor of Air
Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

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Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic ›
Opening Day Festival
Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 11am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Come celebrate the artist whose revolutionary approach to sculpture influenced the course of modern art and continues to inspire viewers today.

 

Panel Discussion

On Redefining Sculpture
11 am-noon | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by September 5

Join Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, PEM's James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator, as she hosts a panel discussion with Stephanie Barron, chief curator of modern and contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition, and Jed Perl, art critic for The New Republic and author of a forthcoming biography about Alexander Calder. Their conversation touches on the defining aspects of Calder's work, as well as his impact on modern art.

 

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Art Making

The Simple, Expressive Line
Noon-4 pm | Atrium

In addition to being a renowned sculptor, Alexander Calder was an accomplished illustrator. A master of the simple expressive line, Calder's gift is clear in his first book Animal Sketching (1926). In it are animals in characteristic poses and movements that capture their emotions in a few quick lines. Try your hand at creating a character inspired by Aesop's Fables.

 

Gallery Tours

Calder and Abstraction
12:30 and 3 pm | meet at information desk
Tickets available day of program

Join our docent guides for an in-depth tour of Calder's mobiles and stabiles.

 

Films

Works of Calder
1 pm | Morse Auditorium
Tickets available day of program

Filmmaker Herbert Matter traces the narrative of a child who stumbles upon Calder at work. This short film, with music by John Cage, illustrates how the artist drew on nature for inspiration. 1950, 20 minutes. A Q&A with Calder biographer Jed Perl follows the film.

 

Calder, Sculptor of Air
2 pm, | Morse Auditorium
For older teens and adults
Tickets available day of program

Alexander Calder's modernist creativity skyrocketed with his wire sculptures, an invention he dubbed "drawing in space." This film retraces Calder's unique artistic quest and explores his masterpieces. 2012, 51 minutes, directed by François Lévy-Kuentz.


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