GardenNews.biz - Feb 15,2017 - DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS - EVEN MORE CALDER INSPIRED ACTIVITIES AND CLASSES
CLASS | Photographing Sculpture
Thursday, August 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
$44, $36 member
Calling all amateur photographers! Find the best vantage points and opportunities to photograph the Gardens’ Calder: Monumental exhibition. This class begins with classroom instruction and moves outside so students can practice new techniques.
FAMILY | Homeschool Day: Art Exploration
Monday, August 28, 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.
$12 child; $7 each additional adult and non-participating sibling over the age of two.
Journey through art and nature while engaging in a garden-wide exploration of the Calder: Monumental exhibition. Explore how art and science work together and make a work of art inspired by the exhibition. Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.
MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION AND ARTIST
Calder: Monumental is guest curated by Alfred Pacquement, Honorary Director, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and organized in conjunction with the Calder Foundation, New York. Lenders to the exhibition include: Calder Foundation, Denver Art Museum, Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is celebrated as a titan of modern sculpture. He first gained recognition in the 1920s in Paris for his work of performance art Cirque Calder (1926–31). At the same time, Calder invented wire sculpture, moving volumes that could be seen from all angles. After turning to abstraction in 1930, Calder invented another new form of sculpture, the “mobile,” so-termed by artist Marcel Duchamp. As Calder’s renown grew, he received commissions from cities and museums around the world for monumental sculptures of the type exhibited at the Gardens, making Calder the first truly international artist – as well as one of the first to embrace public sculpture as an important element of civic life.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, UMB Bank, Ace Hardware and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).