This week’s #objectoftheweek is Alexander Stirling Calder’s gorgeous bronze Star sculpture (1914). This figure is one of an identical group which, placed at the top of the Court of the Universe building at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, formed a ”Colonnade of Stars.” You can see it in person this #freefriday, with free admission from 6pm -9pm and a free gallery tour at 6pm.
(The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection.)
Happy Friday! Our Wolfsonian #objectoftheweek is this 1932 German woodcut, titled “Wochenende,” which shows some delightful options for making the best of the weekend!
(Gerd Arntz, “Wochenende” woodcut print (ink on paper), 1932)
The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection
84 years ago today, construction began on what would become the Hoover Dam. These molded metal bookends (c. 1936) from our Object Collection feature a perspective view of three sides of its power plant flanked by large-scale stylized figures representing the laborers that built it.
Happy 4th of July! Our Wolfsonian #objectoftheweek is this Independence Day Trophy from 1914. This amazing piece is crafted from sterling silver with appendages at its sides that mimic the shape of fireworks.
(Frank S. Boyden Co., Maker. Silver, 1914. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection.)
Gifted participants hold their renditions of one of our most dramatic and historically complex paintings at last Friday’s Sketching in the Galleries event. Join us next time! More details at http://www.wolfsonian.org/events/special-event-sketching-galleries-3
Painting, Espanolaphone, 1937 Alexander Z. Kruse (American, 1888–1972) New York. Oil on board. The Wolfsonian–FIU, Gift of Mrs. Kathreen Kruse, Woodland Hills, in memory of Martin Alexander Kruse, 1998.4.3 )
100 years ago today, Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, precipitating the beginning of the First World War. The Wolfsonian’s extensive collection of World War I materials, like this U.S. propaganda poster, brings that world-changing conflict to life. Stay tuned for exhibitions, special events, and more commemorating the war’s centenary.
Join us TONIGHT at 6pm at the opening reception for “I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America.” Exhibition details at http://www.wolfsonian.org/explore/exhibitions/i-have-seen-future-norman-bel-geddes-designs-america
In honor of National Color Television day, our Wolfsonian Object of the Week is this magnificent RCA Victor TRK 12, from 1939. Combining cutting-edge technology with streamlined home furnishing design, it was a marvel when introduced at the World’s Fair in New York in 1939. Because the cathode-ray tube on early TV’s was so long, the case was actually flipped vertically and the image projected onto the slanted mirror!
You can visit it in person in our fifth-floor galleries, with free admission through 6/28!
Television, RCA Victor TRK 12, 1939. John Vassos (American, b. Romania, 1898–1985), designer. RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc., Camden, New Jersey, manufacturer. Walnut, beech and ebonized veneer, Bakelite, glass, metal. The Wolfsonian–FIU, Purchase, Visionaries Acquisition Fund, 2012.6.1
This beautiful 1910 postcard from our collection showcases early-twentieth century fashion and features a mischievous fairy peeking out from behind the model! Happy International Fairy Day!
We’re kicking off our Wolfsonian Object of the Week series with this stunning #futurist sculpture from 1931. Curator Silvia Barisione: “The synthetic and dynamic representation of the soccer player by Italian Futurist ceramist Mario Anselmo attests to the popularity of soccer in Italy in the 1930s. The Azzurri won their first World Cup in 1934 and repeated as champions in 1938.”
With a winning opening match in #worldcup2014, is this their year?
(Soccer Player Figurine, Mario Anselmo, 1931. Ceramic. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection)