Late May – December, 2021
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 lawn 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.
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.