No sooner has the vastly popular Turner & the Sea exhibit moved out of the Peabody Essex Museum than another critically interesting one fills the void. This time, PEM is fortunate to be the exclusive East Coast venue for Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic. This exhibition brings together 40 sculptures by Alexander Calder, one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century. It will run from Sept. 6 to Jan. 4, 2015.
Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and in collaboration with the Calder Foundation it showcases mobiles, stabiles and maquettes made between the 1930s and the late 1960s, celebrating Calder’s pivotal contributions to modern art and his revolutionary approach to sculpture.
Opening Day Events (9/6/14, free with admission)
11 am – noon Panel Discussion: Redefining Sculpture, Morse Auditorium
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 Calder biography. Reservations by September 5.
Noon – 4 pm Art Making: The Simple, Expressive Line, Atrium
A master of the simple, expressive line, Calder’s gift is clear in his first book Animal Sketching. Try your hand at creating a character inspired by Aesop’s fables.
12:30 and 3 pm Gallery Tours: Calder and Abstraction, Meet at information desk
Join our docent guides for an in-depth tour of Calder’s mobiles and stabiles. Tickets available day of program.
1 pm Film: Works of Calder, Morse Auditorium
This short film, with music by John Cage, illustrates how the artist drew on nature as a source of inspiration. Tickets available day of program. A Q&A with author Jed Perl follows the film.
2 pm Film: Calder: Sculptor of Air, Morse Auditorium
This film, directed by François Lévy-Kuentz, retraces Calder’s unique artistic quest and explores his masterpieces. For older teens and adults. Tickets available day or program.
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 sponsored the exhibition. Eaton Vance Investment Counsel and the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support. In-Kind Media Partner: WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic is to be located in the Dodge Gallery 2. For additional details, contact PEM at 978-745-9500.