Alexander Calder:
1969 The Fortieth Anniversary of La Grande Vitesse

Alexander Calder:
1969 The Fortieth Anniversary of La Grande Vitesse

June 5, 2009 September 7, 2009

Alexander Calder (1898-1976), profoundly changed the course of modern sculpture and notions of public art. La Grande Vitesse in downtown Grand Rapids dates to 1969. The colossus was heralded as among Calder’s masterworks and was America’s first public sculpture project funded by the National Endowment of the Arts through the Art in Public Places Program. This exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, focused specifically on work from 1969.  Mobiles, stabiles, ceramics, gouaches, prints and drawings were featured.  Works related to La Grande Vitesse were highlighted – including the artist’s large-scale maquette for the sculpture.