Wednesday, October 22, 2014 The Portland Building, Portlandia,
and its Impact on Public Sculpture
Grounds For Sculpture members, ISC members, and sculpture enthusiasts gathered at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ on October 22, 2014 for an ISConnects event: The Portland Building, Portlandia, and its Impact on Public Sculpture. Over 100 guests attended this lecture. Renowned artist, architect, and designer Michael Graves joined famed Washington, DC sculptor Raymond Kaskey in a discussion about public art in architecture. Guests were able to enjoy Grounds For Sculpture and view the Michael Graves exhibition Past as Prologue prior to the event. A question and answer dialogue followed the panel, and the conversation continued at a reception in the West Gallery.
Michael Graves is credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. A native of Indianapolis, Graves received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. In 1960, he won the Rome Prize and studied at the American Academy in Rome, of which he is now a Trustee. He has received 14 honorary doctorates and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Graves has received many prestigious awards, including the 1999 National Medal of Arts, the 2001 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the 2010 Topaz Medallion from the AIA/ACSA, and he is the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate.
Sculptor and Architect, Raymond Kaskey established Kaskey Studio in 1983 as an atelier to create and produce large scale civic art. By combining continuity with the past with innovation and craft knowledge, the Kaskey Studio has produced a prominent body of public work. The culmination of this process has been the creation of the architectural sculptures for the National World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Prior to that his most famous work is “Portlandia,” a 38-foot-high hammered copper sculpture on the Portland Public Services Building in Portland, Oregon. Other notable commissions include his bronze lions honoring fallen officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C; the statue of Pierre de Coubertin at the Olympic Centennial Park in Atlanta, Georgia; and the ”Gem of the Lakes” fountain and the cast stone ornament of the Harold Washington Library, both in Chicago.
ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Johnson Art and Education Foundation.
Photo credits clockwise: Audience at “The Portland Building, Portlandia, and its Impact on Public Sculpture”; Sculptor, Raymond Kaskey and Grounds For Sculpture Chief Curator and Artistic Director, Tom Moran; Guests at the reception; Michael Graves speaking with guests at the reception