The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend

The Jewish Museum

Louise Nevelson, Case with Five Balusters, from Dawns Wedding Feast, 1959, wood, paint, 27 5/8 x 63 5/8 x 9 inches. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Butler, 1983, 1983.214. Copyright Estate of Louise Nevelson/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

May 4, 2007

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend

The Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend
On view from May 5 through September 16, 2007

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was a towering figure in postwar American art, exerting great influence with her monumental installations, innovative sculpture made of found wood objects, and celebrated public art. She was recognized during her lifetime as one of Americas most distinguished artists, and her work continues to inspire contemporary sculptors today. The Jewish Museum will present The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend, the first major American survey of her work since 1980, from May 5 through September 16, 2007. Sixty-six works will be on view including sculpture, drawings and two room-size masterworks. The exhibition focuses on all phases of Nevelsons career and demonstrates how her life story was a force that propelled her work. Following its New York City showing at The Jewish Museum, The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend will travel to San Francisco, California where it will be on view at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young from October 27, 2007 through January 13, 2008.

Exhibition visitors will see works from international and national collections, dating from 1928 to 1988, including abstract self-portraits; a re-creation of Dawns Wedding Feast(1959), the white installation Nevelson constructed specifically for an influential Museum of Modern Art show; and Nevelsons culminating environment, Mrs. Ns Palace (1964-1977), a black sculpture evoking a house with a mirrored floor. Dawns Wedding Feast is being specially reassembled with loans from twelve museums and private collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, The Menil Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Also on view will be a vast sculpture that memorialized the Holocaust, Homage to 6,000,000 I (1964), a loan from the Osaka City Museum of Modern Art in Japan. This black work is a key example of a Nevelson wall in which the artist filled stacked wooden crates with her signature medium, found objects. A video featuring interviews with six contemporary artists inspired by Nevelson and archival film footage of the artist from the 1960s and 1970s will run at the exhibitions conclusion.

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