April 28 - September 24, 2017
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Denver Botanic Gardens’ survey of iconic American artist Alexander Calder’s bold sculptures – Calder: Monumental – is on view April 28 – September 24, 2017 at the Gardens’ York Street location. It is the first outdoor show of Calder’s work in the west and the first solo outdoor exhibition in the U.S. in more than a decade.
Calder devoted much of his later working years to monumental sculptures, many of which were public commissions. Gracing public plazas, landmark atriums and even airport halls, Calder’s works transformed the surrounding space, definitively changing the public’s experience of it. True to his practice, Calder’s monumental works are made of industrial materials and bolted steel plates, and the works exhibited in Calder: Monumental are no exception. In some cases, a mobile structure sways at the top of the sculpture to create a “standing mobile.” In addition to the outdoor sculptures, one indoor mobile in monumental scale is presented in the Boettcher Memorial Center, on loan from the Denver Art Museum. The featured abstract and figurative sculptures span from 1956–1976.
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LECTURE | Calder: From Miniature Circus to Monumental Sculpture
Speaker: Alfred Pacquement, guest curator of Calder: Monumental and former director of Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou
Friday, April 28, 6 p.m.
$25, $20 member
Alfred Pacquement, guest curator of Calder: Monumental, details the life and career of this American master. Pacquement was Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou from 2000-2013. He is an independent curator and cultural consultant, responsible for numerous exhibitions, including Calder at the Rijksmuseum, 2014.