Making Sculpture with Elmo and Louise Nevelson

This week I happened to watch two short videos about sculpture, or more specifically two videos that showed the making, the labor, of sculpture. The first, a clip from the children’s television program Sesame Street, featured the actor Jon Hamm and showed him talking with Elmo about sculpture while the muppet intently carved a work – revealed at the end to be a ‘lifelike’ self-portrait.

Photograph of Louise Nevelson working in her New York Studio, 1966. Photo by Ugo Mulas
Photograph of Louise Nevelson working in her New York Studio, 1966. Photo by Ugo Mulas

The second, no doubt far less viewed, video is from SFMOMA’s website and shows the American sculptor Louise Nevelson, a bit of a character herself with her headscarf and cigarette, constructing and discussing a wood sculpture.

Louise Nevelson at Work
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