Alexander Calder http://wrti.org en From Giant Bronze to Jewelry: The Calders in Philadelphia http://wrti.org/post/giant-bronze-jewelry-calders-philadelphia <p>One family name spans three generations of Philadelphia’s artistic heritage; each with an artist who has left his own mark on the city. WRTI’s Susan Lewis looks at the impact of three Calders – all, incidentally, named Alexander.</p><p>Alexander Milne Calder crafted over 200 figures for City Hall, which is topped by his 23-ton, 37-foot tall statue of William Penn. During a cleaning in 2007, conservator David Cann took us to the very top of Penn’s hat:</p><p>CANN: And we can pop the top off&nbsp;so you can see how he’s built in sections...there are 47 sections of casting that are flange bolted together on the inside, so they could put him up here … they couldn’t put it up here in one piece...</p><p>From what was for years the tallest point in the city, one can look down at Logan Square’s Swann Fountain, whose figures were sculpted by Calder’s son, Alexander Stirling Calder. Looking up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the home of the large mobile <em>Ghost,</em> created by his grandson, Alexander "Sandy" Calder.&nbsp; Sandy Calder also created what are, in effect, tiny sculptures...jewelry:</p><p>FOSTER: He grew up in this legacy of sculpture...he couldn’t help it, he was making stuff out of everyday objects and scraps. All of them, in a way, are very interested in public art, and Calder grew into that, coming out of his background as an engineer and a kind of &nbsp;playful sense of art as part of daily life.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:48:11 +0000 Susan Lewis 4980 at http://wrti.org From Giant Bronze to Jewelry: The Calders in Philadelphia Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry http://wrti.org/post/paul-taylor-patchwork-politics-christ-churchs-african-american-roots-calder-jewelry <p>We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent conversation with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor.</p> <p>Jason Peifer explores the creativity stirred up during presidential elections with a visit to the exhibition <em>Patchwork Politics: From George to George W.</em> at the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster. </p> <p>Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia's historic Christ Church to learn how it is remembering its lesser-known, African-American congregants and their fight for freedom.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at <em>Calder Jewelry,</em> an exhibition of jewelry crafted by sculptor and mobile artist Alexander Calder. The show is now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.</p> Sat, 02 Aug 2008 19:08:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer & Tom Keels 2004 at http://wrti.org Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry http://wrti.org/post/paul-taylor-patchwork-politics-christ-churchs-african-american-roots-calder-jewelry-0 <p>We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent conversation with the veteran choreographer Paul Taylor.</p> <p> Jason Peifer explores the creativity stirred up during presidential elections with a visit to the exhibition <em>Patchwork Politics: From George to George W.</em> at the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster. </p> <p>Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia's historic Christ Church to learn how it is remembering its lesser-known, African-American congregants and their fight for freedom.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at <em>Calder Jewelry,</em> an exhibition of jewelry crafted by sculptor and mobile artist Alexander Calder. The show is now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 13:40:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer & Tom Keels 2003 at http://wrti.org Paul Taylor--Patchwork Politics--Christ Church's African-American Roots--Calder Jewelry Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes--The Suzanne Roberts Theater--The Treatment of William Penn http://wrti.org/post/pianist-leif-ove-andsnes-suzanne-roberts-theater-treatment-william-penn <p>Leif Ove Andsnes, pianist, discusses his latest projects, including a new recording with the Artemis Quartet. </p> <p>The Philadelphia Theater Company moves into its new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theater. </p> <p>Conservator David Cann of Moorland Studios in New Jersey discusses the cleaning and treatment of Alexander Calder's <i>William Penn</i>, one Philadelphia's most beloved landmarks.</p> Sat, 20 Oct 2007 14:39:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer 1890 at http://wrti.org Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes--The Suzanne Roberts Theater--The Treatment of William Penn