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The Art of Display: The American Pedestal, 1830-1910
"Despite their prevalence in historic interiors, museum collections and period paintings and photographs, pedestals remain under‐studied as objects in themselves and as part of the history of the nineteenth‐century interior. If nothing else, the attention that American artists lavished on having precisely the right pedestal made for their sculptures should have marked the pedestal out as a rich area of inquiry..."
With an essay by Ruthie Dibble and Avis Berman, Conner • Rosenkranz' seventh catalog examines the role of the pedestal in the nineteenth‐century American home.
Lost Bird Project
Apr 1st, 2018
Elizabeth Catlett Residence Hall, University of Iowa
Aug 3rd, 2017
Elizabeth Catlett’s education began at Howard University, Washington D.C., where she studied painting and design with distinguished African-American educators James Porter (1905 – 1970) and Lois Mailou Jones (1905 – 1998). Graduating with honors in 1937, at the age of 22, she moved to Durham, North Carolina to teach art in the public school system. However she quickly became discouraged by the pay discrepancy between black and white teachers, and after organizing an unsuccessful campaign to reconcile the discriminatory pay gap, she left North Carolina. This episode marked the beginning of her activist approach toward social issues.
Four Freedoms Park featuring Jo Davidson's Bust of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Opened fall 2012
Jo Davidson (1883–1952) was America’s most successful and admired portrait sculptor from the 1910s to the 1940s. One his most important works is the lifesize portrait head of Franklin Delano Roosevelt he modeled at The White House in 1933–34, soon after the President began his first term in office. A monumental version of that portrait was recently installed in Louis Kahn’s brilliantly designed Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City.