Event Details

Join us for the closing reception of "Creative Labor" with special talks by the collections curator, Sarah Tanguy, and IA&A Founder David Furchgott, who will discuss their experiences with and the importance of the Hechinger Collection.

"Creative Labor: Selections from the Hechinger Collection" brings together a cross-section of diverse works by fifteen visionary artists from The Hechinger Collection, which was gifted to International Arts & Artists by John and June Hechinger in 2003. The collection's contemporary prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures represent a variety of 20th-century art which uses tools as art, exploring the line between utility and artistry.

"Creative Labor" is special exhibition featuring work by: Berenice Abbott, Yuri Avvakumov, Tom Christopher, Jim Dine, Henryk Fantazos, Ke Francis, Werner Hoeflich, Jacob Lawrence, Harlan Mathieu, Mineo Mizuno, Claes Oldenburg, Jeff Spaulding, William T. Wiley, and Bill Wilson.

Image Credits:
Left: "Hamerhead III" by Jeff Spaulding
Middle: "Tornado Series: Cyclops" by Ke Francis
Right: Detail of "Knife Ship Superimposed on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum" by Claes Oldenburg

About Sarah Tanguy:
Sarah Tanguy is an independent curator and arts writer, as well as a curator for Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, based in Washington, DC. Since 2004, Tanguy has curated over 100 exhibitions and four permanent collections for U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. Recent independent exhibitions include the 20th anniversary exhibition for The Kreeger Museum and “Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art,” in addition to an ongoing exhibition program for the American Center for Physics, College Park, Maryland. In addition to exhibition-related essays, she contributes to Sculpture and Metalsmith, among other publications. The daughter of a diplomat, Tanguy holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Georgetown University, and a Master's degree in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She interned at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and worked at the National Gallery, the International Exhibitions Foundation, The Tremaine Collection, the International Sculpture Center, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and The Hechinger Collection.

About David Furchgott:
David Furchgott is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of International Arts & Artists, which he began in 1995. Under his leadership, IA&A (which began as a one-person arts service organization) has grown to become a local and national leader in cross-cultural and international exchange. Furchgott began each of IA&A’s initial core departments and programs; he arranged the acquisition of its art collection, as well as the purchase and renovation of its facility in downtown Washington.

Previously, Furchgott was the executive director of the International Sculpture Center, the professional association for sculptors which he developed from a university-based organization to an internationally-known non-profit with over 15,000 members in 70+ countries. In that capacity, he also founded and published Sculpture magazine for 15 years. He has served as the visual arts director of the Spoleto Festival USA; as community arts director for the state of South Carolina; and as a curator with the Gibbes Museum of Art. Furchgott has lectured and consulted internationally on the status of visual artists, museums, public art, and related subjects.

About the Hechinger Collection:
In the 1980s, John Hechinger’s booming chain of hardware stores led him to purchase a new company headquarters. He found the offices to be efficient, but sterile. The barren space sparked an initiative to beautify the headquarters which launched Hechinger’s acquisition of a tool-inspired collection of diverse 20th century art.

The complete Hechinger Collection, featuring nearly 400 works of art, celebrates the ubiquity of tools in our lives, transforming utilitarian objects into fanciful works of beauty, surprise, and wit. Selections from the Hechinger Collection are on view in International Arts & Artists’ offices. IA&A has also toured selections of the Hechinger Collection to exhibiting institutions throughout the United States, including Tools As Art (2001-2008), Tools in Motion (2005-2013), and ReTooled (2014-2019). Our new exhibition, Making Your Mark, presents 50 works on paper that explore the intricacies of each medium, highlighting the rich variety of materials and methods used when making a print or drawing. Click Here to visit International Arts & Artists' Traveling Exhibition Service page for more information.

  • When: Sun Feb. 25
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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