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Fletcher Benton: The Alphabet

Thursday, July 30, 2009Monday, July 5, 2010

Installation view of Fletcher Benton: The Alphabet. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Gallery for Small Sculpture

Renowned American sculptor Fletcher Benton is best known for cutting, folding, and realigning two-dimensional sheets of steel into three-dimensional objects that seem to defy gravity. This exhibition focused on Benton’s Alphabet series, which he began in the 1970s. The 70 works on loan from the collection of James J. Curtis, included paper maquettes and corresponding sculptures, providing an in-depth examination of the artist’s creative process. Scheduled to be on view for a year, this exhibition was also the focus of a comprehensive educational program for elementary, middle, and high school students.

This exhibition was organized by Associate Curator Holly E. Hughes.