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

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

Image not Object: the 2017 Whitney Biennial

The 2017 Whitney Biennial closes in just over two weeks. Since its opening in March, the exhibition has been widely heralded for its “political charge” (see for example reviews by Peter Schjeldahl in The New Yorker and Jerry Saltz in New York Magazine), for its impressive diversity of artists included (though I wish this still was not so rare as to be newsworthy), and the … Continue reading Image not Object: the 2017 Whitney Biennial

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!

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism

I am thrilled to announce that my first monograph, Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism, will be published in December by Routledge. The book, based on my doctoral dissertation, is structured around four distinct but interrelated projects initially realized in Italy between 1966 and 1972: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Newspaper Sphere (Sfera di giornali), Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown, and Joseph Beuys’s Arena. These works all utilized … Continue reading Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism