Sculptor Jaume Plensa to speak at TMA March 14Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa will give a free lecture at 6 p.m. March 14 in the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Peristyle as part of the museum’s Masters Series.
Plensa’s sculpture, “Spiegel,” which is German for mirror, is the newest addition to TMA’s Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden.
The piece consists of two large seated figures, each lit from within, measuring 12 feet high and made of a steel latticework of letters from eight different alphabets welded together, but spelling no words.
“He is very sought-after,” said Amy Gilman, TMA associate director and curator of contemporary art. “He doesn’t do a lot of public appearances like this, so it’s a real privilege to be able to bring him here.
“He’ll be talking about his own work and introducing our visitors to some of the other works he’s created,” Gilman said. “That will hopefully allow people to have some context for the work we’ve acquired for the museum. It’s a real privilege and a pleasure to be able to have that kind of dialogue.”
Plensa’s sculptures, many featuring the human body and letters or words, can be found in public spaces around the world. He is perhaps most widely known in the United States for the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago.
“Jaume Plensa is one of the most significant sculptors working today,” Gilman said in a news release. “Plensa has a remarkable ability to create work that is at once immediately accessible to the first look while encouraging deeper engagement over the long term.”
Response to the piece, which was installed in 2012 at the intersection of Collingwood Avenue and Monroe Street, has been positive, Gilman said.
“Almost from the moment the piece was installed, even before we finalized the lighting, we started getting notes from people we know and on Facebook about immediately being drawn to the piece and basically falling in love with it the way we did,” Gilman said.
TMA, which normally closes at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, will stay open until the talk, Gilman said. Pre-lecture food and a drink is available in the cafe for $15 for members or $20 for nonmembers. To purchase dinner tickets, call (419) 255-7000, Ext. 7448.
For more information, visit www.toledomuseum.org.