This exhibition focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder, bringing together a rich constellation of key sculptures and providing a rare opportunity to experience the pieces as the artist intended – in motion. Regular a ivations occur in the galleries, revealing the inherent kinetic nature of Calder’s work, as well as its relationship to performance and the theatrical stage. Influenced in part by his fascination and engagement with choreography, the sculptures contain an embedded performativity that is reflected in their idiosyncratic motions and the perceptual responses they provoke.
In the early 1930s, Calder invented an entirely new mode of art, the mobile—a kinetic form of sculpture in which carefully balanced components manifest their own unique systems of movement. These works operate in highly sophisticated ways, ranging from gentle rotations to uncanny gestures, and at times, trigger unpredictable percussive sounds. Calder: Hypermobility encompasses major examples of Calder’s work including early motor-driven abstractions, sound-generating Gongs, and standing and hanging mobiles.
In collaboration with the Calder Foundation, the exhibition will feature an expansive series of performances and events, including a number of episodic, one-time demonstrations of rarely seen works, as well as new commissions, which will bring contemporary artists into dialogue with Calder’s innovations and illuminate the many ways in which his art continues to challenge and inform new generations. Participating artists include Christian Marclay with cellist Okkyung Lee, Abigail DeVille with director Charlotte Brathwaite, Jack Quartet, Jill Magid, C. Spencer Yeh, Nora Schultz, Math Bass and Lauren Davis Fisher, Arto Lindsay, and more.