Calder Foundation

The Elephant Hunter's Chair (maquette)

Date 1928
Sheet metal, wire, lead, cloth, paper, and paint
7 7⁄8" × 3 1⁄2" × 4 1⁄8"
The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gift of the Artist
Related exhibitions  1
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1976)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Calder’s Universe. 14 October 1976–6 February 1977.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Household Object 55
Related Timeline
1926–1930 Wire Sculpture and the Circus

Soon after moving to Paris in 1926, Calder created his Cirque Calder. Made of wire and a spectrum of found materials, the Cirque was a work of performance art that gained Calder an introduction to the Parisian avant-garde. He continued to explore his invention of wire sculpture, whereby he “drew” with wire in three dimensions the portraits of friends, animals, circus themes, and personalities of the day.