The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Introduced by Billie Tsien
1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs
This lecture is hosted by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.
The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture presents the work of an artist whose work is inspired by the built environment. On May 12, artist Ursula von Rydingsvard will present her recent work in this public lecture.
Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. As noted by Galerie Lelong, the meaning behind her work is rooted in personal experience. “She creates large-scale sculpture from cedar beams which she cuts, assembles, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work’s textured, faceted surfaces. Born in Germany in 1942, von Rydingsvard and her family were among the dispossessed that, after the war, were forced to move from one refugee camp for displaced Poles to another, eventually settling in the United States in 1950. The artist’s respect for organic materials and the dignity of labor, sense of loss and pain, and the persistent memories that inform her work may be traced back to these formative experiences.”
Her sculpture is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Detroit Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas; and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Recent exhibitions include Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991-2009 at Sculpture Center, New York; as well as the installation of Ona, a bronze, outdoor sculpture installed at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
Von Rydingsvard is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2011, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center in 2014. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy in New York, and is a current MFA Faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Billie Tsien is co-founder and principal of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. She is president of The Architectural League of New York.
All images are copyright Ursula von Rydingsvard, courtesy Galerie Lelong.
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