Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Alexander Calder, 1919 Stevens alum: Art exhibition at NYC's Whitney Museum

Ever wonder about the artist who created the mobile that hangs in the great hall of the S.C. Williams Library here at Stevens? Alexander Calder was a 1919 mechanical engineering graduate of Stevens who went on to become an internationally prominent and well-loved artist who is credited for inventing the mobile as an art form. The library also owns a stabile sculpture by Calder on the second floor.

From the Whitney Museum of American Art's website:

"Alexander Calder is one of the most beloved, important, and critically acclaimed artists of the twentieth century. A highly focused historical show with the spirit of a young artist’s first retrospective, Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926–1933 explores a time when, from the ages of 27 to 34, Calder created his first wire drawings in space, performed his Circus (made in Paris 1926–31 and part of the Whitney’s permanent collection), and invented his signature mobiles."

The exhibit is entitled Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 and it runs from October 16, 2008 through February 15, 2009. More information can be found on the Whitney's list of upcoming exhibitions.

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