Leonardo Drew


Front Lawn: June 4 – November 14, 2021
Main Street lobby: June 18, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and now residing in Brooklyn, New York, artist Leonardo Drew responds to a longstanding fascination with the life cycle of material decomposition and transformation in his work. In this two-part project, Drew has planned a site-specific installation—an expansive sculptural work the artist refers to as an “explosion”—for the museum’s Main Street lobby, and an outdoor, interactive sculptural landscape spanning the museum’s front lawn. Originally realized in 2019 as a commission for Madison Square Park in New York, City in the Grass will be modified for the Wadsworth’s expanse on Main Street. Drew’s participatory art sculpture is created for public interaction, a place for rest and reflection as much as performance and play. Drew invites and encourages visitors to engage with it directly in order to fulfill its purpose. Join us for programs that creatively and physically activate the sculpture throughout the summer and fall.

Headshot: Image by Randy Dodson. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Above: Leonardo Drew, City in the Grass, 2019. Aluminum, sand, wood, cotton and mastic. 102 x 32 feet. Collection the artist, courtesy Talley Dunn Gallery, Galerie Lelong, and Anthony Meier Fine Arts. © 2019 Leonardo Drew. Photograph by Julian Raiford/Madison Square Park Conservancy. The exhibition was organized by Madison Park Conservancy, New York, and was on view from June 3, 2019, through December 15, 2019.

Headshot: Image by Randy Dodson. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

This exhibition was made possible through major support provided by the estate of James B. Lyon and generous support from Agnes and Billy Peelle.

Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts.