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Past Exhibitions

Sculpture / Jim Dine / Pinocchio

Sculpture Exhibition Also Features
Portfolio of Dine’s Pinocchio Illustrations

March 31, 2012 through July 8, 2012

Within the galleries and on the sculpture grounds, this exhibition highlights Jim Dine’s recent sculptural works. Sculpture / Jim Dine / Pinocchio will be on view from March 31 through July 8, 2012. The museum’s main galleries will be devoted to several themes – the artist’s Heart and Venus works, Gardening and Carpentry Tool imagery, and recent Pinocchio sculptures. Several major sculptural works will be installed outdoors on the museum’s expansive 145-acre sculpture park and nature preserve, including The Mountains in the Distance of 1987-88. This iconic bronze work places the Venus de Milo form on its side, abstracting the vertical of the figure to evoke a horizontal of a landscape.

The second floor of the museum will be devoted to Dine’s Pinocchio prints. The impressive Pinocchio series, also published as illustrations to a translation of Carlo Collodi’s original tale, consists of 40 lithographs. The accompanying book concludes with Dine dedicating his work to the adventurous wooden boy. “His poor burned feet, his misguided judgment, his vanity about his temporary donkey ears all add up to the real sum of his parts. In the end it is his great heart that holds me.”

A catalogue for the exhibition was produced by Steidl Publishers in 2010 for the exhibition Jim Dine: Sculpture at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As Joseph Antenucci Becherer, Vice President and Chief Curator, comments in the introduction to the catalogue, “There is little doubt that Jim Dine is among the most profound and prolific artists of our time. Since his prodigious emergence on the New York art scene in the late 1950’s, he has proved to be one of America’s most original and decidedly focused voices beckoning to audiences across the nation and around the globe.”

Sculpture / Jim Dine / Pinocchio is sponsored by the Cuchel Family. Additional generous support is provided by The Pace Gallery and Pace Prints, New York. This exhibition is also made possible by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Museum Council, Contemporary Collectors Circle, Corporate Committee and Museum Members.

The museum is offering many exhibition-related events designed to enhance the experience of viewing the exhibitions. Visit the Events section of this site for details on daily screenings of two documentaries featuring Jim Dine, three Brown Bag Lectures offered by Museum Docent Riva Ettus, an informal walk-through the exhibition with Emily-Jane Kirwan of The Pace Gallery and a talk about Dine’s Pinocchio series by Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D.

Jim Dine   Jim Dine  
Jim Dine
Ex Voto, 2002
66 x 162-1/2 x 46 inches (167.6 x 412.8 x 118.1 cm) overall,
installation dimensions variable
Photo by: Kerry Ryan McFate/Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York
© Artists Rights Society/ ARS NY
  Jim Dine
Primary Ladies, 2008
Painted bronze
63 x 72 x 33 inches (160 x 182.9 x 83.8 cm)
Photo by: Kerry Ryan McFate / Courtesy The Pace Gallery
© Artists Rights Society/ ARS NY
Jim Dine   Jim Dine  
Jim Dine
White Gloves, 4 Wheels, 2007
Oil-based enamel and charcoal on wood
81-1/2 x 58-1/4 x 24 inches (207 x 148 x 61 cm)
Photo by: G. R. Christmas / Courtesy The Pace Gallery
© Artists Rights Society/ ARS NY
  Pinocchio (Portfolio), 2006
Portfolio of 44 lithographs
Paper: 22 x 17 1/2 inches each
Portfolio wood box: 24 x 19 1/2 x 3 inches
Printed by Woolworth Publishing
Published by Gerhard Steidl
Photo courtesy Pace Prints
© Artists Rights Society/ ARS NY