Chicago Design

The Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago has made 2018 an absolutely tremendous year to see, experience, appreciate, and learn about the rich, impactful, complicated histories of art and design in Chicago. November is shaping up to be quite a month for design history in particular. Three exhibitions will shed new insight into significant aspects of Chicago design history: Chicago Cycles: 150 Years of Bicycle Design and Innovation at … Continue reading Chicago Design

Learning About Edgar Miller

Have you heard of Edgar Miller? I have been hard-pressed, even amongst Chicago (art) history aficionados, to find many people who answer in the affirmative. Born in 1899 in Idaho and spending a part of his childhood in Australia, Miller moved in Chicago in 1917 to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the next fifty years, he produced an extraordinary body of work that … Continue reading Learning About Edgar Miller

Talking about Bertoia at the Smithsonian

I just finished up a wonderful three months in residence as a Tyson Scholar at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, but I will be returning to D.C. this week to attend and participate in the 2018 Fellows Lectures at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I will present a paper entitled “The Limits of Integration: Harry Bertoia’s Dallas Public Library Commission,” … Continue reading Talking about Bertoia at the Smithsonian

Bertoia! Bertoia! Bertoia!

I am quite thrilled to say that I am now on research leave, which will last through the 2017-18 academic year. This means that I will not only finally have some time for new Sculptural Things blog posts, but also for two new and substantial projects, both focused on the amazing and all-too-undervalued American postwar artist/ sculptor/ designer Harry Bertoia (1915-1978). Bertoia has occupied a lot … Continue reading Bertoia! Bertoia! Bertoia!

Calder Lecture at the Wichita Art Museum

I am thrilled be giving the Fall 2016 Howard E. Wooden Lecture at the Wichita Art Museum, this Thursday, November 17. If you are in the greater Wichita area please join us. Alexander Calder, Large-Scale Sculpture, and the Public Sphere In the 1970s, Wichita put itself firmly on the map of the art world when it commissioned Joan Miró and Alexander Calder–two living artists at the height … Continue reading Calder Lecture at the Wichita Art Museum