The Design, Sculpture, and Philosophy of Harry Bertoia
April 23@1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
$10 member | $20 non-member | $5 student
Price includes Museum admission
By Celia Bertoia
Harry Bertoia, designer and metal worker, left an enormous legacy of sculptures, furniture, drawings and jewelry. Bertoia designed modern chairs for Knoll, welded over 50 public sculptures, shaped endless table top sculptures, etched thousands of monotypes and crafted hundreds of jewelry treasures. He pushed the wave of modernism into an expansive period of exploration of not only visual, but practical, auditory and tactile art. From an asymmetrical chaise lounge to petite children’s chairs, from delicate jewelry to massive fountains, from detailed graphics to thunderous gongs, this artist took what he infused from nature’s beauty and transformed it into uplifting experiential pieces.
Hear Harry Bertoia’s youngest daughter, Celia Bertoia, describe his work and life in both casual and technical terms. Celia steered non-profits and real estate offices in Boulder, Colorado until she moved to Montana and managed a race-timing company for a decade. Celia is now the Director and Founder of the Harry Bertoia Foundation and her passion is to further the legacy of her father. She is a credentialed Fine Art Appraiser as well as a published author of The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia: the Man, the Artist, the Visionary (2015). Celia is currently compiling data for the Catalogue Raisonné of Bertoia’s works, as well as providing authentications, relocating warehoused sculptures and facilitating exhibitions.
Image: Designed by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), manufactured by Knoll Associates, New York City, NY. Large Diamond Lounge Chair, 1952. Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography.