Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Only Two Weeks Left!

There are only two more weeks left before William Wegman: Funney/Strange closes here at the Addison. Plans are in place to start packing the show soon after it closes July 31st while transport via a climate-controlled, tractor-trailer truck has been arranged to bring the show's thirty-six hefty crates to its next and final venue: the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.

Last week, representatives from the Wexner visited the Addison to have a look at the installation here. They took copious notes as they met with Allison Kemmerer, the Addison's curator in charge of the show, and bounced ideas off each other regarding the layout of the artwork and the positions of the walls in their exhibition space. Their Registrar and I compared notes on the challenges associated with moving and unpacking the show's large crates and installing some of its more complex pieces, such as the large, four-paneled postcard painting Tilted Chair (see above in the Brooklyn venue, below in the Addison venue).

I have my own travel arrangements set for early September to fly out and oversee the unpacking and condition reporting of the show in Ohio. It will be the fifth installation I've seen of Wegman and I'm looking forward to see how it will fit into the Wexner's space. It's always interesting to see artwork installed in different places. It was great fun this weekend when I saw our three Hoppers proudly hung outside the Addison's walls at the MFA, Boston in their Edward Hopper exhibition.

So be sure to visit William Wegman: Funney/Strange before it closes here July 31st. Otherwise, you'll need to see it at the Wexner when it opens there September 20th.

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On a related note, Boston Globe subscribers may have noticed the interview with William Wegman in Sunday's Globe Magazine about his new murals in the service plazas on the Maine Turnpike. You can see the full article here.

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