ISConnects supported Princeton University Art Museum for a lecture: Jed Perl | Alexander Calder on May 1, 2014. In conjunction with the Alexander Calder sculptures on loan to the Museum from the Fisher Family collection, author and art critic Jed Perl discussed Alexander Calder’s work. He is currently working on the first full-length biography Alexander Calder, to be published by Knopf, for which he has received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fellowship from the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY. Over 150 attendees attended this packed- house event. A reception in the museum followed the lecture, where students, artists, faculty, and sculpture enthusiasts enjoyed refreshments while viewing the Princeton University Art Museum collection.
Founded in 1882, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country. From the founding gift of a collection of porcelain and pottery, the collections have grown to more than 82,000 works of art that range from ancient to contemporary and concentrate geographically on the Mediterranean regions, western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America.
Committed to advancing Princeton’s teaching and research missions, the Art Museum serves as a gateway to the University for visitors from around the world. The Museum is intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, offering a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art, and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture.
Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is known for having invented the mobile as well as for his “stabile” constructions, non-kinetic abstract sculptures that were often monumental in scale and designed to be placed outdoors. He is widely considered one of the most important, original and influential artists of the 20th century. Two landmark stabiles—Man and The Kite That Never Flew, both from 1967 and made of painted steel—will be on view adjacent to the Princeton University Art Museum’s entrance from Jan. 18 through June 15, 2014. The sculptures are on loan from the Fisher Family Collection.
The two loaned works join Princeton University’s own Calder stabile, Five Disks: One Empty (1969–70), which forms part of the University’s distinguished Putnam Collection of outdoor sculpture. Created by Calder especially for the University at the request of his friend Alfred Barr (Princeton Class of 1922 and the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art), the piece is sited in Fine Hall Plaza, in the natural sciences neighborhood of the campus. The Putnam Collection also includes works by Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, David Smith, and Tony Smith.
ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011 with support from the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, ISConnects explores unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Programming includes special access to traveling exhibitions, conversations with artists, panels, networking events and tours. Together, the ISC and collaborating organizations offer accessible programming that addresses trends in sculpture. ISConnects is made possible by support from Johnson Art and Education Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.