Press Release: Beverly Pepper: Drawings, Models, and Sculptures for Six Site-Specific Works On View in the Art Gallery of the Graduate Center
From March 1 to April 21 the Art Gallery of The Graduate Center will present Beverly Pepper, Drawings, Models, and Sculptures for Six Site-Specific Works. The exhibition provides insights into the artist's creative process and offers viewers a rare opportunity to witness the evolution of some of her most acclaimed commissions. The Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street). Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12-6 pm.
Beverly Pepper initially gained critical recognition for her stainless steel, Cor-ten, and cast-iron sculptures of monumental scale and immense presence. Throughout her career she has sought to harness sculpture's materials and techniques to innovative ends, challenge its formal conventions, and, above all, to restore its communicative and symbolic functions. Since the mid-1970s, Pepper's determination to create a more profound dialogue between sculpture and its natural environment has led to an ongoing commitment to site-specific projects of ever-increasing complexity. Whether of a public or a private nature, each commission reflects the artist's uncommon sensitivity to the physical characteristics, activities, and indigenous culture of the site.
Pepper has completed numerous environmental and site-specific sculptures in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Included in the exhibition are drawings, models, sculptures, and photographs related to Amphisculpture (1975-76), created for the headquarters of AT&T in rural New Jersey; Sol i Ombra (1986-91), a 115,000 square-foot park in Barcelona; Spazio Teatro Celle (1989-91), an outdoor sculpture-theater near Pistoia; Palingenesis (1992-94), a 227-foot long cast-iron environmental piece in Zurich; Manhattan Sentinels (1993-96), a magisterial group of cast-iron columns in New York City's Federal Plaza; Denver Monoliths (2005-06), two massive vertical cast-stone elements commissioned as a counterpoint to Daniel Libeskind's new wing for the Denver Art Museum.
The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master's programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world's leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, the Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City's intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. Further information on the Graduate Center and its programs can be found at www.gc.cuny.edu.
Submitted on: FEB 1, 2007