Thursday, November 7, 2019
CLYDE BURROUGHS DINNER/LECTURE SERIES
Harry Bertoia: Designer, Sculptor, Maker
Cocktails 6 pm
Dinner 7 pm
Lecture 8 pm
Dinner & Lecture SC Members $50, Non-members $65
Deadline to register for dinner is Monday, November 4, to accommodate catering.
Lecture only SC Members & students $15, Non-members $20
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) was one of the most prolific, materially innovative artists in the United States during the postwar period. Perhaps most well-known for his iconic chairs designed for Knoll and his use of sound as sculptural material, his output was diverse and extensive encompassing jewelry, monotypes, and thousands of unique sculptures including large-scale commissions for significant modernist architectural projects. His body of work speaks to a fluid movement across the fields of art, design, and architecture, unified by the artist’s career-long exploration of the possibilities of metal. This talk discusses the foundation and continuous importance of the material and metalworking within Bertoia’s practice, arguing that it offers an alternative view of what modernism meant at midcentury.
Marin R. Sullivan (PhD, University of Michigan) is a Chicago-based art historian and curator. She is the Director of the Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné, and is co-curating a major retrospective exhibition on the artist, Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life, opening at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas in September 2020. Sullivan is also the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Sculpture at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville. Her area of specialization is the history of modern and contemporary sculpture, especially its interdisciplinary, intermedial dialogues with photography, design, and the built environment. Sullivan is the author of Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism (2017), and is currently at work on a new book project, Alloys: American Sculpture and Architecture at Midcentury, which has been supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She has published numerous essays for exhibition catalogues and edited volumes, as well as articles in publications including American Art, Art History, History of Photography, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Sculpture Journal.
The Clyde Burroughs lecture series is generously supported by Frances & Nick Pavlovics.