June’s Third Friday Durham offers a last chance to catch the Calder show at the Nasher, movies in Central Park, music at LabourLove and openings galore. That mix is what Durham’s often like- a big name or two, some DIY brilliance, and a sense of “if you build it, someone will show up and love what you’ve done”.
People often ask me why I like art. Though it took me most of my life to come up with one answer, I finally found it: art doesn’t discriminate.
They sat around Nineteen White Discs in a position I remember being called “criss cross applesauce”. The boys and girls were wide-eyed as their gallery guide told them who Alexander Calder, the great contemporary artist and inventor of the mobile, was.
I was delighted to encounter Alexander Calder’s standing mobile, “Performing Seal” (1950), on my walk through Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art. Its sharp angles, stark color and hanging design that delineate the ball-and-seal circus shape made me feel like a kid again.
Bold. Bright. Mobiles. Stabiles. These words immediately come to mind when I hear the name Alexander Calder. The 20th century artist is known for his famous mobiles which is why people refer to him as the ”Sculptor of Air.”
Jinky Ang Rosselli of Chapel Hill: “I love Nasher because it’s Duke/Durham’s ‘version’ of art … accessible but limitless.” Thank you, Jinky!
“I love the Nasher because it always gets fantastic contemporary art exhibits, which makes this Art History master’s holder happy. I love Calder because of his sense of whimsy. Also, his circus, which I just saw (again) at the Whitney. Always a favorite!”
Duke Today asked our own Sarah Schroth to pick her five favorite sculptures in the Calder exhibition. That’s like asking her to choose her favorite among five children!
She graciously obliged. Read more to find out which five she picked.
I couldn’t resist. I love to make things. So I marshmallowed. I towered. I considered what Calder would have done: He would have started by balancing the tiniest, most delicate parts first, and then moved outward.