The Master Lecture Series - Calder:
The Conquest of Time, The Early Years:

November 14, 2017 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Alexander Calder was one of the most beloved and influential artists of the 20th century, transforming institutions and communities alike with his sculpture. The inventor of the mobile (a type of kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium), he captivated city plazas across the globe with his colossal stabiles—La Grande Vitesse in Grand Rapids is perhaps his most celebrated example.

For the first time, renowned author and art critic Jed Perl has put forward the definitive biography of the artist, Calder: The Conquest of Time, The Early Years: 1898-1940, slated for release this autumn. Owing to the strong bonds between Calder and the city and people of Grand Rapids, Perl is making a special stop on his national book tour to speak and answer your questions as part of the Master Lecture Series. This special event is jointly sponsored with the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the City of Grand Rapids.

Perl is among the nation’s most acclaimed writers on the visual arts. A respected critic and essayist, he is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. The art critic for The New Republic for 20 years and a contributing editor to Vogue for a decade, Perl is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His previous books include Magicians and Charlatans, Antoine’s Alphabet, and New Art City, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and The Atlantic Book of the Year. For this monumental endeavor of such a captivating story, Perl had unprecedented access to Calder’s letters and papers, as well as scores of individual interviews. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, the author follows Calder’s early life among a renowned family of artists through his earliest breakthroughs in Paris between the wars. He shows us why Calder was—and remains—a barrier-breaking, avant-garde artist with mass appeal.

Following the lecture, Perl will answer questions and sign copies of Calder: The Conquest of Time, The Early Years: 1898-1940. Join us to connect with this extraordinary artistic personality and the iconic sculpture that continues to bring Grand Rapids international acclaim.

This lecture is free for members of GRAM and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, registration is required. Please direct any questions to Anna Wolff at or call 616-974-5225. Captioning service will be provided.

Member Cost: $Free for members of GRAM and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Non-Member Cost: $14.50