Earle Brown's "Calder Piece" Presented at Tate Modern

On the occasion of the opening of "Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture," Tate Modern presented avant-garde composer Earle Brown’s Calder Piece, which debuted at the Théâtre de l’Atelier, Paris, in 1967. Restaged for the first time in over three decades, the performance featured Calder’s standing mobile Chef d’orchestre (1966) as both conductor and percussion instrument.

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Opening today and on view until3 April 2016, Tate Modern presents Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture, the largest Calder exhibition in London in over half a century. Taking as its point of departure Calder’s wire sculptures from the 1920s, the exhibition explores the notion of performance as a driving force in Calder’s sculpture, one that engages anticipation, improvisation, and theatricality. Among the highlights are Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere (1932/33), the first mobile suspended from the ceiling and a synthesis of Calder’s ideas on motion, chance, variable composition, and viewer intervention. Also included are the largest concentration of “panels” and “frames” ever exhibited, constructions mounted on the wall just like paintings, yet with moving elements against a static background that create a three-dimensional effect akin to choreography. The show concludes with Black Widow (1948), marking the first time the masterpiece has traveled outside of Brazil.

 Organized in close collaboration with the Calder Foundation, Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture is curated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions; Ann Coxon, Curator of Displays and International Art; and Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator of Collections International Art. 

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Restoration of Five Swords, 1976, at Storm King

The Calder Foundation is pleased to announce the recent restoration of Five Swords (1976) at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York. Five Swords is situated on the iconic “Calder Hillside,” which provides expansive views of woodlands, mountains, and fields. 

For over a quarter-century, Storm King Art Center and the Calder Foundation have maintained a longstanding collaborative relationship. Calder sculptures have inspired Storm King visitors for decades, playing an integral role in Storm King’s curatorial program and the Calder Foundation’s long-term loan program.  

Marvelous Objects at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

On view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden from 29 October 201515 February 2016Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York is the first major museum exhibition dedicated solely to Surrealist sculpture in the US. While Calder never officially joined the Surrealist group, he befriended many of its members during the interwar period in Paris, including André Breton, Hans Arp, Jean Cocteau, Robert Desnos, and Man Ray, and his works were exhibited in the leading Surrealist exhibitions of the 1930s and 1940s.

The exhibition features a selection of Calder’s mobiles and stabiles, including Wooden Bottle with Hairs (1943), Devil Fish (1937), and Scarlet Digitals (1945).

Calder Foundation announces 2015 Calder Prize Laureate Haroon Mirza

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Calder Prize will be awarded to British artist Haroon Mirza.

The Calder Prize, in the amount of $50,000, honors contemporary artists who have completed exemplary work early in their careers that can be interpreted as a continuation of Calder’s legacy. In addition to the cash prize, the recipient benefits from a residency at the Atelier Calder and the placement of a signature work in a major public collection.

Haroon Mirza (born 1977, London) has garnered international attention for installations that test the interplay and friction between sound, light waves, and electric current. He combines a variety of readymade and time-based materials to create audio compositions, which are often realized as performances, site-specific installations, and kinetic sculptures. In doing so, Mirza complicates the distinctions between noise, sound, and music, altering the function and meaning of everyday objects and sociocultural constructs.

Mirza is the sixth artist to receive the Calder Prize. The impact of this recognition is evident in the success of past recipients, including Tara Donavan (2005), Zilvinas Kempinas (2007), Tomás Saraceno (2009), Rachel Harrison (2013), and Darren Bader (2013).

Calder Foundation installs monumental sculpture at Ambassador’s Residence in Paris

We are pleased to announce the installation of Alexander Calder’s Five Empties (1973) in Paris at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to France as part of an Art in Embassies (AIE) exhibition organized by AIE Director Ellen Susman, Chief Curator Virginia Shore, and Curator Camille Benton. At over twenty-three feet in height and completed just three years before the artist’s death in 1976, this standing mobile is an example par excellence of the monumental sculpture that dominated the artist’s late career.

The installation of Five Empties at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence is an act of cultural diplomacy honoring not only the lasting affinity between Calder and France but also the Calder Foundation’s long tradition of lending its collection of monumental sculptures for public exhibitions worldwide. 

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We are pleased to share a video of Duet for a Duo (2015), a sound composition by 2014 Atelier Calder resident Haroon Mirza that features Calder’s Untitled (c. 1940), which is set in motion through the use of a fan, and Jean Tinguely’s Radio Sculptures (1962). The installation is part of Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd., on view at the Museum Tinguely until 6 September 2015, which highlights the collaborative nature of Mirza’s practice, combining site-specific compositions with richly layered installations of works by Calder, Channa Horwitz, and Anish Kapoor.