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    Recent Work by Distinguished Sculptors

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    • May 2, 1930: The Brooklyn Museum announces the last large exhibition of its season, to continue through the summer, the most comprehensive sculpture show that has been seen in Greater New York. It will be composed almost entirely of the work of living sculptors working in the United States and will include all schools. It opens to the public May 17th and will continue until October 1st.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 04-06_1930, 090. View Original

    • May 7, 1930: In keeping with its policy of giving a full opportunity to living artists the Brooklyn Museum is arranging one of the art comprehensive sculptors exhibitions which have been seen in this part of the country for some time. The Museum is famous for its policy in this respect in regard to painting. Now it is giving sculptors the opportunity.

      The exhibition will comprise the work of over one hundred artists who have sent more than five hundred examples of work. Two special features of this exhibition will be large groups which will constitute memorial showings of the work of Charles Cary Rumsey and Charles Grafly. These works will be the only sculpture by artists who are no longer living. There will also be examples of the work of Grafly's distinguished pupils.

      Although the exhibition will be made up of sculptors living in the United States it is by no means a purely American show, as it will have strongly international element as many of the artists are foreigners who came to this country only recently. Some of the nationalities represented will be Hungarian, Russian, Italian, Mexican and French.

      Nearly every sculptural medium will be re represented including ceramics.

      The bulk of the show will be held in the Museum's large Sculpture Court and will mark the first large showing of its kind in this beautiful new gallery. The exhibition will overflow to the terraces in front of the Museum where plaster cast of Charles Gary Rumsey's large equestrian statue of Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru, and Bryant Baker's prize-winning sculpture of the Pioneer Woman which was recently erected in Oklahoma, will be shown.

      There will also be three other pieces by Rumsey shown out-doors.

      There will be a private view on Friday afternoon May 16th and the exhibition will be opened to the public on May 17th, and will continue during the summer months.

      Last Minute Addendum

      Ne. Henry Hesterburg, the newly appointed President of the Borough of Brooklyn, will make his first appearance at a public event at the private opening of the large sculpture exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum on May 16th when he will be the principal figure of the brief program in which he will declare the exhibition officially and formally open.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 04-06_1930, 091-2. View Original 1 . View Original 2 . View Original 3

    • May 10, 1930: To the Art Editor:

      The Sculpture Exhibition at the Museum will be in shape to be reviewed by Wednesday morning, May 14th. The private view is on Friday afternoon, May 16th, and due to the size and scope of the exhibition it will be continued through the summer.

      Either catalogue proofs or gallery proofs of the catalogue will be available in Miss Sparks's office on the fifth floor, where photographs may also be obtained.

      Very truly yours,
      (Signature: Arthur H. Torrey)
      for the BROOKLYN MUSEUM


      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 04-06_1930, 094. View Original

    • May 14, 1930: Dear Sir:

      Hon. Henry Hesterberg, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, and officials of the Museum will open a large exhibition of sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday afternoon. If you wish to send a photographer to cover this event, we would like to wake this suggestion:

      As the official party arrives at the Museum about three o'clock, a photographer would have his best opportunity of taking a picture outside of the Museum were part of the exhibition is arranged. It is always inconvenient to try to take such a picture after the exhibition is open on account of the crowds, so if you send a man, please have him inquire for me and I will see that the situation is properly explained to him.

      Very truly yours,
      for the Brooklyn Museum

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 04-06_1930, 095. View Original

    • May 15, 1930: Yesterday afternoon the large two-floor sculpture court of the Brooklyn Museum was for the first time put to the use for which it was designed, when Hon. Henry Hesterberg, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, in the presence of Hon. John H. McCooey, Hon. George E. Brower, Hon. James J. Browne, Museum officials and several hundred specially invited guests opened an exhibition of work by distinguished living sculptors which will continue until October 1. The occasion demonstrated that the sculpture court is admirably adapted to large exhibitions of this kind and shows that undoubtedly in the future some of
      the largest and most important sculpture shows in Greater New York will have to be shown in the Brooklyn Museum, due to its splendid facilities, as well as the large painting exhibitions which naturally gravitate now to its large galleries.

      On his arrival at the Museum Mr. Hesterberg was conducted to the southwest corner of the court where he stood in the tall archway on the low steps leading into the court and gave his brief address in which he declared the exhibition formally open. The guests stood in the court and in the large loggias on each side with the fountain in the center surrounded by plants harboring for the first time a school of gold fish who are now permanent inhabitants of the Museum. During the afternoon the guests were served with tea following the usual custom of the Museum's important private openings. (The hostesses, etc., are listed on an attached sheet).

      The exhibition is an invitation affair organized entirely by the Museum. Altogether 135 artists sent work. These artists, both men and women, were picked from those living and working in the United States at present, regardless of school or nationality. The two exceptions to living men are Charles Cary Rumsey and Charles Grafly. They are both represented by large memorial sections. Grafly, who died a year ago, is considered by many America's greatest portrait sculptor.

      The installation of the exhibition is a particularly fine one. It was in charge of Mr. Hebert B. Tschudy, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, who invited the sculptors and arranged the exhibition. When asked to characterize the exhibition, Mr. Tschudy said that he considered it collection of fine quality with the emphasis put on quality rather than on monumental pieces, which is sometimes the fault of large sculpture shows. The central sculpture court has only 30 large pieces in it, which allows of unusually excellent display. The work shown in the in the four loggias is roughly classified into the romantic and conservative work on the north side, modern on the east side, both modern and conservative on south side which included the work of the Chicago and other out-of-town artists and Mr. Grafly's and Mr. Rumsey's work on the west side.

      Probably the most important item of interest that occurred on the opening day was the announcement that, at the request made by the Museum authorities that something should be done, about acquiring "The Dying Indian", a large bronze on the front steps of the Museum done by Mr. Rumsey generously offered the piece as a gift to the Museum. The offer will undoubtedly be accepted but it must still go through official channels. The first sketch for this piece was done by Mr. Rumsey when he was 22Ji which places it in 1901, while he was attending the Beaux Arts School in Paris. A replica of the piece was acquired by the Luxembourg.

      There are four monumental Rumsey pieces and one by Bryant Baker shown on the lawn and the steps in front of the Museum. The Rumseys are "The Dying Indian", "Pizarro", "Smithtown Bull" and "Centaur. Two are plaster casts but the Indian and Centaur are in bronze. The finished "Pizarro" was dedicated last June by the King of Spain and Primo de Rivera at Trujillo, Spain, the birthplace of Pizarro. The "Smithtown Bull" was inspired by the myth that Captain Smith was allowed by the Indians to acquire all the land that a wild bull could walk around in a certain length of time. To perpetuate the myth, the Smith family ordered this piece executed.

      The figure of the "Centaur" is actually a a man on horseback but is viewed from on angle it seems to be a man's body growing out from a horse's shoulder. Mr. Rumsey did this to show his theory of how the center myth arose. He believed the southern peoples when invaded by the horsemen from the north, at first though that they were half man and half beast. Mr. Baker's "Pioneer Woman" is an exact-size replica of the piece recently dedicated in Oklahoma and chosen by a nation-wide vote in the competition arranged by Mr. Marland.

      Mrs. Rumsey also made an announcement cf considerable interest to the art world. She is having bronze replicas made of Mr. Rumsey's small sketches for many of his works, some of which are in the exhibition. These are to be placed in a memorial room in the Museum in Buffalo where his aunt Mrs. Charles Cary, who became a Rumsey, has founded and endowed a school which is to be known as the Rumsey School of Art.

      Another piece of special importance is the "Tristram and Iseult" by Andrew O'Connor, who is now working in Paris. It is shown here because it represents the work of a living American and further because it has just been acquired by the Museum announcement of which was made for the first time yesterday. This piece received the gold medal at the Salon des Artists Francais in 1928, which was noteworthy as it was the first time this award was given to a foreigner.

      Those invited to act as hosts and hostesses at the reception were members and wives of members of the Museum Governing Committee and members and wives of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. They are as follows:

      Mr. Frank L. Babbott
      Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Blum
      Mr. Walter H. Crittenden
      Mrs. Mary Childs Draper
      Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Frazier
      Mr. & Mrs. William H. Good
      Mrs. A. Augustus Healy
      Mr. Alfred W. Jenkins
      Mr. & Mrs. Luke Vincent Lockwood
      Mr. & Mrs. John Hill Morgan
      Mr. & Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt
      Mr. & Mrs. William A. Putnam
      Mr. & Mrs. John T. Underwood

      Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bailey
      Mr. & Mrs. E. LeGrand Beers
      Mr. & Mrs. Henry H. Benedict
      Hon. & Mrs. James J. Browne
      Mr. & Mrs. R. R. Bowker
      Dr. & Mrs. S. Parkes Cadman
      Mr. & Mrs. William H. Cary
      Judge & Mrs. Frederick E. Crane
      Mr. John J. Curtin
      Dr. John J. Denbigh
      Hon. Jacob G. Dettmer
      Mr. Gates D. Fahnestock
      Mr. & Mrs. Julian P. Fairchild
      Mr. & Mrs. James A Farrell
      Mr. & Mrs. Summer Ford
      Mr. & Mrs. Lewis W. Francis
      Mr. & Mrs. John W. Frothingham
      Hon. & Mrs. Henry Hesterberg
      Mr. & Mrs. William T. Hunter
      Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Jones
      Mr. Adolph Lewisohn
      Mr. & Mrs. William J Matheson
      Mr. & Mrs. Edwin P Maynard
      Mr. & Mrs. George V. McLaughlin
      Mr. & Mrs. Horace J. Morse
      Mr. & Mrs. James H. Post
      Mr. & Mrs. Charles Pratt
      Mr. Robert Alfred Shaw
      Mr. & Mrs. C. Foster Smith
      Mr. & Mrs. Herman Stutzer
      Mr. & Mrs. Adrian Van Sinderen
      Prof. & Mrs. Edwin G. Warner
      Rt. Rev. Msgr. John C. York

      Among those invited as hosts and hostesses are:
      Mrs. R. Ross Appleton
      Dr. & Mrs. Frank L Babbott, Jr.
      Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Blum
      Mrs. Walter Shaw Brewster
      Mr. & Mrs. George E. Brower
      Mrs. Glentworth Reeve Butler
      Mr. & Mrs. William H. Calder
      Miss Elizabeth Luther Cary
      Mrs. William Hamlin Childe
      Mr. & Mrs. Harris N. Crist
      Mr. & Mrs. H. Edward Dreier
      Mr. & Mrs. William P. Earle, Jr.
      Mr. & Mrs. Joseph J. Early
      Mr. & Mrs. William F. Eastman
      Mr. & Mrs. Morris Upham Ely
      Dr. & Mrs. William Henry Fox
      Mr. & Mrs. George S. Frank
      Judge & Mrs. Edwin J. Garvin
      Mr. & Mrs. Hebert F. Gunnison
      Mr. & Mrs. Walter Hammitt
      Miss Cornelia G. Henshaw
      Mr. Herbert Henshaw
      Mr. & Mrs. Henry A. Ingraham
      Mr. & Mrs. H.V. Kaltenborn
      Mr. & Mrs. B. Meredith Langstaff
      Dr. & Mrs. John H. Lathrop
      Mrs. John Leech
      Dr. & Mrs. Edwin P. Maynard, Jr.
      Mr. & Mrs. John H. McCooey
      Judge & Mrs. Frederick D. McKay
      Miss Alice Morse
      Mrs. Henry F. Noyes
      Mr. & Mrs. Dean C. Osborne
      Mr. & Mrs. Frement C. Peck
      Miss Juila J. Pierrepont
      Miss Anna J. Pierrepont
      Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Potts
      Mr. & Mrs. Richardson Pratt
      Hon. & Mrs. William C. Redfield
      Mr. & Mrs. Matthew S. Sloan
      Mr. & Mrs. Winthrop M. Tuttle
      Mr. & Mrs. John Van Buren Thayer
      Mrs. Edwin C. Ward
      Miss Frances K. White
      Miss Harriet H. White

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    • October 22, 1930: The large exhibition of sculpture which has been on view at the Brooklyn Museum all summer and was scheduled to close early in the fall has been extended until December 1st. This extension was arranged for because the show opened so late in the summer that many people who wished to see it had left the city. By the present arrangement this large public will be able to view the collection which is one of the most comprehensive of its kind which has been seen in Greater New York for the last few years.

      A few of the pieces which were on exhibition during the summer have been taken away but others have been added. The Rumsey section is undisturbed. One of the interesting additions is a cast with a terra cotta color of the prize-winner in the Exhibition of the Art Alliance of Philadelphia. The piece is called "Resignation" and was done by Oronzio Maldarelli. Another addition to the exhibition are two examples of wood carving by Waldemar Rannus.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 10-12_1930, 133. View Original

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