Archive for November, 2010

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Alexander Calder, "Yellow Sail"

Alexander Calder, "Yellow Sail", 1950, painted metal and wire, 30 x 84 in. Museum purchase, 1951.

Our Alexander Calder mobile, Yellow Sail, 1950, recently returned from a loan to the exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

The exhibition included works by Alexander Calder as well as the work of seven contemporary artists who have been directly influenced by him. Yellow Sail was exhibited alongside Calders from other institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Before travelling to Chicago, the mobile was carefully packed by our preparators to ensure it would not be mobile in transit. Each element was wrapped in archival material to protect the vibrant paint and tied down with twill tape to prevent movement (pictured below).  Upon the return of the work, we were pleased to find our Calder had travelled well.

The work won’t be in storage long, though, before it makes an appearance in our upcoming exhibition Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting which celebrates the Museum’s 70th anniversary year and features 100 highlights from the permanent collection.

Photo of "Yellow Tail" unpacking for exhibition

Alexander Calder's "Yellow Sail" returning to the Weatherspoon

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I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in…

 
AOP installation

Installation photo of AOP works, including Mark Fox's, "Pale Sawhorseman", 2009.

It’s exhibition installation time, one of my favorite parts of working at the museum.  We’re gearing up for Art on Paper 2010, & this past week we’ve been receiving shipments (we had a loading dock full of artwork of every shape & size…see Mark Fox‘s work Pale Sawhorseman crated above), moving the works to our three upstairs galleries, & condition reporting (when we record the condition of each object).  Our preparators have started installing some works, including Ghost Forest (Old News) by Katie Holten, seen in the photo below.
This week will be very busy – but ultimately very gratifying once all 75 works are installed & we open the doors for the Preview Party on the evening of Saturday, November 6.
— Heather Moore, Registrar, Weatherspoon Art Museum

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AOP installation photo.

Our preparators installing works, including "Ghost Forest (Old News)" by Katie Holten

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