10/15 "At Home with the Artist: A Legacy of Domesticity through House Museums" - Discussion about sculptor Albín Polášek

At Home with the Artist: A Legacy of Domesticity through House Museums - Discussion about sculptor Albín Polášek
 

Date: 15 October 2018 6:00 PM, Venue: Arts Club of Chicago (201 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611

 

At the Arts Club of Chicago (201 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611) on October 15, 2018 at 6 pm, a discussion of four curators of house museums of artists in the USA and Great Britain: Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park, FL, Roger Brown Study Collection in Chicago (1926 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL), Henry Moore Studios and Gardens in Hertfordshire, Great Britain and Farleys House and Gallery (of artists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose) in Chiddingly, East Sussex, Great Britain, will take place. 

 

Sculptor Albín Polášek was born in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, now the Czech Republic, in 1879 and he immigrated to the USA at age 22. He studied sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. At age of 37, he accepted an invitation to head the sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago and held the position for nearly 30 years. He created more than 400 works during his career. Many works can be seen in Chicago, e.g. the Blaník Knight - honoring the first Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk - on the campus of the University of Chicago where President Masaryk served as a professor in 1902 and 1907, The Spirit of Music in Grant Park, The Sower at the Chicago Botanic Garden and sculptures The Pilgrim and The Mother at the Chicago's Bohemian National Cemetery. Albín Polášek also created many scuptures in Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, e.g. Radegast and Sts. Cyril and Methodius on Radhošť mount in Beskydy mountains and the Woodrow Wilson Monument in Prague which was destroyed by Nazis during the Word War II and re-created its replica in 2011 thanks to support from Czech-Americans. In 1950, Albín Polášek moved to Winter Park, Florida where he continued working even if he suffered a stroke that left his left side paralyzed. He died in 1965 in Winter Park where he is buried. A house museum was created in his house and garden in Winter Park. 

 

To reserve tickets: 

http://www.artsclubchicago.org/at-home-with-the-artist-a-legacy-of-domes... 

 

Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park, Florida: 

http://polasek.org/