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.
Our education department just had to share this original poem by a Durham Academy fourth-grader who visited “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art.” We are utterly charmed!
If you’ve seen “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art” already, I’m sure you’ve noticed the importance of balance, movement, and space in Calder’s work. The mobiles effortlessly glide and twirl through the air—almost like dancers. The Carolina Ballet has certainly noticed, taking their cue from the lightness and gracefulness of Calder’s mobiles in their latest choreography for the Carmina Burana program, The Calder Project.
On February 17, more than 1500 students flooded into the Nasher Museum for the Nasher Student Advisory Board (NSAB)’s most successful party to date. Girls in heels and boys in suits mingled, danced, ate delicious snacks, and saw the brand new Calder exhibition for the first time. A live band and variety of decorations gave the Great Hall an authentic Hollywood feel that kept the party lively and exciting until midnight.