Artist Talk: Ursula Von Rydingsvard

  • Sun 24 July 2016
  • 2 pm

Please join us for a talk with Ursula von Rydingsvard, who is featured in our current exhibition, ‘Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016.’ Working with cedar as a primary material since the late 1970s, Ursula von Rydingsvard makes large-scale sculptures characterized by their highly textured surfaces and commanding physical presence. The handmade structures formed with circular handsaws are reminiscent of enormous vessels, simple tools, and geological cliff formations. A child of displaced Poles, von Rydingsvard grew up in East German refugee camps, ultimately settling in the United States in 1950. She studied sculpture at Columbia University, New York NY, earning her MFA in 1975. Since first exhibiting her work in the mid-1970s, von Rydingsvard has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and has been the recipient of several significant grants and awards. In 2011, SculptureCenter, Long Island City NY, organized a touring retrospective of her work. Most recently, in 2015, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK, held a major survey exhibition; six outdoor sculptures from the survey were exhibited in a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale. This event is free, but reservation is required. Click here to reserve a place.