Alexander Calder: Collaborative Creations

March 23 – June 4, 2023

Rarely seen textiles designed by Alexander Calder (1898–1976) and brought to life through the hands of others expand the story of modern design. Centered on two vibrant hooked rugs made for Alexander and Louisa’s friends, the Stillmans, this show invites a deeper understanding of collaboration within Calder’s artistic practice. The exhibition also explores regional and global influences on Calder’s materials and motifs, from early New England textiles to Latin and South American designs.  

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This Spotlight exhibition is one in a series of traveling American art exhibitions created through a multiyear, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program. 

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), Untitled, 1965, hooked by Leslie and Rufus Stillman after a design by Calder. Orange, yellow, blue, and black wool, 64 x 81 in. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, Gift of Leslie and Rufus Stillman, 2002.29.1. © 2023 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York