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May 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Public Programs

Frank Stella: Virtual Talk with Art Historian Robert Hobbs presented with The Glass House

Thursday, May 20 | 6 PM
$15; Free for members of The Aldrich and The Glass House
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Registration for this event will close on Thursday, May 20 at noon

Robert Hobbs is an art historian and curator specializing in twentieth- and twenty-first century art. His two extended essays on Frank Stella were first published by the Singapore Tyler Print Institute; they were revised for the London catalogue Frank Stella: Connections, published by Hatje Cantz. The talk will cover Stella’s artistic development and his place in art history by examining Stella’s works from the current Aldrich exhibition Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey and the Glass House’s collection.

Dr. Hobbs has written over fifty books and major catalogues on topics ranging from Edward Hopper to Abstract Expressionism, Earth Art, and Post-Modernism. He served as Associate Professor at Cornell University, long-time visiting professor at Yale University, and the Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair of American Art Emeritus, VCU.

Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey spans the Sculpture Garden and galleries of The Aldrich tracing Stella’s singular use of the star, standing out as a stable and immediately identifiable shape in the midst of a complex tangle of abstract, invented forms that the artist has utilized over his long career. The historical arc of Stella’s use of the form travels from minimal (the early star paintings) to the maximal, with the recent star sculptures frequently exhibiting a corruption of the form as well as a diversity of materials and fabrication techniques. The exhibition is curated by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, and Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator.

The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting, sculpture, and design along with exhibitions, performances, and public programs.

Related Exhibitions

September 21, 2020 to May 11, 2021 | Main Street Sculpture, Sculpture Garden, Lobby, Leir Gallery, Screening Room, Project Space

Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey

September 21, 2020 to September 6, 2021 | Sculpture Garden, Main Street Sculpture

Frank Stella's Stars, A Survey | Outdoor Installation

Top image: Visitor with a Frank Stella sculpture.