conversations with wood Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection
Friday, May 17–Sunday, August 18, 2013

The wood-art collection of Minneapolitans Ruth and David Waterbury, considered one of the best in the country, is marked by one-of-a-kind objects demonstrating superb craftsmanship, remarkable artistry, and rich diversity of technique, including carving, burning, piercing, and painting. Conversations with Wood presents over 70 objects from the Waterbury’s collection. The works represent the changing approaches to the medium during the past 25 years, from simple turned vessels to sculpted and constructed objects. The collection includes work by many prominent artists in the field, including Michelle Holzapfel, Robyn Horn, Todd Hoyer, William Hunter, Ron Kent, Michael Mode, Hayley Smith, Alan Stirt, Bob Stocksdale, and Hayley Smith. Catalogue published by Minneapolis Institute of Arts available.

Exhibition Lecture:
A Conversation with Collectors Ruth and David Waterbury
Patricia E. Kane, Friends of American Arts Curator of American Decorative Arts with Ruth and David Waterbury
Thursday, May 30, 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public

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Exhibition organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Presentation at the Yale University Art Gallery made possible by the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund.

Image: William Hunter, Garden Songs, 2004. Cocobolo. Collection of Ruth and David Waterbury

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Image: Vincent van Gogh, Le café de nuit (The Night Café) (detail), 1888. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903