Posts Tagged ‘sculptures’
If you visited the Weatherspoon this Fall, you probably witnessed the tell-tale signs of roof repairs, scaffolding and noise. As excited as we were for our twenty-three year old building to get a new roof, we knew we would need to be extra vigilant about protecting works of art in the Sculpture Garden, especially Dan Graham’s Triangular Solid with Circular Inserts. Graham’s glass and mirror sculpture was purchased by the museum for its permanent collection in 2006 and is a favorite with school groups.
Protecting the sculpture required the construction of a special on-site crate consisting of particle board and strengthened by 2x4s that were bolted directly into the courtyard surface. With roof repairs taking longer to complete than planned, WAM staff thought it would be a good opportunity to work with UNCG design students to dress up the temporary wooden cube and give visitors something to experience (rather than weathered particle board) when entering the Sculpture Garden. We approached UNCG faculty Christopher Thomas and Lee Walton about a design competition with participants from their Design 1 and Art 140 classes.
Christopher Thomas adds:
“Responding to a call for proposals from the Weatherspoon to ‘make use’ of the plywood box currently in place over the Dan Graham sculpture protecting it from construction debris, Design I students from my class and Lee Walton’s wrote in. (Cambrin Culp, Lydia Flores, Tiffany Hutchens, Shannon Keller, Lily Musai and CJ Toomer are from my class).
WAM Curator of Collections, Elaine Gustafson, provided us with information on the artist and his work so that students could better understand what his sculptures were about…the idea was to make images in response to the themes in Dan Graham’s work while exploring some basic Design I value and shape problems. So, issues of fragmentation, social disconnect, reflection and environment were some of the departure points for the students’ designs.
Final installation was done using ink jet prints and wheat paste on a gorgeous Fall Friday followed by ham and bean soup in the museum courtyard!”
Students participants from Lee Walton’s Art 140 class: Jenny Bennett, Miguel Cervera, Janelle DeRobertis, Chandler Field, Dray Fountain, and Logan Ritchey.
Visit the museum’s Event Photo page for more images.
Roof construction is finally winding down as work completes after Thanksgiving break. The final detail to complete is the re-installation of the speakers for the Bill Fontana sound work “Spiraling Sound Axis“—which is also a part of the museum’s Sculpture Garden experience. Fontana’s work had to be de-installed during construction. As soon as the Fontana speakers are re-installed our preparators will be able to remove the plywood protection from the Graham sculpture. Visitors will once again be able to enjoy both the Graham sculpture and listen to the Fontana sound installation.
Thank you to the Design 1 and Art 140 students for all their work on this project.
Read Brian Clarey’s recent article in YES! Weekly about visiting speaker Jack Becker who spoke last week at both the Community Foundation and at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Becker is the director of Forecast Public Art and publisher of Public Art Review magazine.
Last Tuesday night (January 4), Judy Pfaff and her assistant Rob van Erve arrived from New York with a 26 ft. truck full of artwork. Wednesday morning, they and Weatherspoon staff got busy unloading the truck, which was chock-a-block with countless small and large pieces of metal, tree limbs, paper lanterns and other equipment and unidentifiable materials to be used in Judy Pfaff’s installation. Over the course of the past two days, these parts have been gradually evolving into a marvelous installation in the Weatherspoon’s Falk Gallery. Here are pics of what the space looked like as they started unloading the truck, and what it looked like this morning. In the coming days, the work will continue to progress and transform into a beautiful exhibition that opens next Thursday.
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.