Exhibition Talk: Monumental
September 28, 6:30pm
FREE with Museum Admission
Discussion led by scholar Dr. Mary Ann Calo
On view through December 31, 2017
The Everson Museum provides a unique context for displaying monumentally sized artwork. With four cantilevered galleries revolving around a cavernous central atrium, the building itself is considered to be a colossal work of sculpture. This characteristic, coupled with the galleries’ soaring ceilings and the two-story sculpture court, creates spaces ideally suited for the acquisition and exhibition of largescale work. Monumental features six artists from the Everson’s collection—John de Andrea, Harmony Hammond, Sadashi Inuzuka, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim, and Arnie Zimmerman—whose largescale sculptures take full advantage of the expansive gallery space the Everson has to offer.
Cloth, wood, foam rubber, acrylic, gesso, glitter, wax, charcoal powder, 41 x 74 x 26 inches
Everson Museum of Art; Gift of Judith Daner
Dr Mary Ann Calo
Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor of Art History, Emerita, recently retired from the faculty of Colgate University where she taught courses on modern and contemporary art history, the arts and public policy, and American art. During her 25 years at Colgate, she also served as Chair of the Art and Art History Department, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Director of the Division of Arts and Humanities. Prof. Calo holds a PhD in the Humanities, an MA in the History of Art, and an MS in Information Studies, all from Syracuse University.
Prof. Calo is the author of three books and numerous articles. Her edited volume, Critical Issues in American Art, is widely used as a textbook for college courses on American Art. Calo’s most recent book , Distinction and Denial: Race, Nation and the Critical Construction of the African American Artist, 1920-1940, focused on the critical reception of African American artists in the early 20th century. She is currently involved in a study of African American artists and the New Deal art projects of the 1930s.
Calo has also spent many years living and working in Italy, initially as a student and then later as a professor. She led a study group for Colgate in Venice and was a visiting professor of modern art at Syracuse University in Florence.