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Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1944. © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Alexander Calder, Blue Among Yellow and Red, 1963. © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Alexander Calder, Little Face, 1943. © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
"Ladders" mobile, $47, available at the MCA Store.
"Flowing Rhythm" moblie, $59, available at the MCA Store.
"Circula" paper mobile, $32, available at the MCA Store.
Joel Hotchkiss "Tri-Lumen" large nylon mobile, $465, available at the MCA Store.
Where would the babies of today be without the American artist Alexander Calder, the grandfather of those captivating sculptures that float gracefully overhead?
We?re still besotted with mobiles, so we hightailed it to the MCA when we heard that the museum has just opened a small Calder exhibit that will run through next summer.
Chicago is a Calder kind of town. Mayor Richard J. Daley gave the artist a parade down State Street when his Flamingo was unveiled in 1974, and the local Horwich family was one of Calder?s earliest supporters.
First, head to the MCA?s fourth-floor galleries to see 20 examples of Calder?s feats of balance and engineering. Consider how cutting-edge he was when he used scraps of broken plastic and glass to create some of his sculptures. (Back in the 1940s, people would have called that stuff ?trash.? Today, they?re ?found objects.?)
Then browse the MCA Shop, where there?s an impressive collection of mobiles for sale (many more than available in the online shop). Although none are actual Calders--his designs are strictly copyrighted--these will take your home gallery to new heights.
Watch our slideshow to see what?s in the exhibit and how you can get into the hang of mobiles yourself.
MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-280-2660 or mcachicago.org
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