From Concept to Contemplation: David Smith at Work
David Smith welding Agricola I

David Smith welding Agricola I (1951̶52), ca. 1951. Photo: John Stewart

Sacrifice (1950) with sketchbooks

Sacrifice (1950) with sketchbooks, ca. 1950. Photo: David Smith


In conjunction with David Smith: A Centennial, the Sackler Center presents an interpretive exhibition of photographs, sketches, and source material that illuminate the artist's working methods, the multiple sources of his inspiration, and his love of nature. From Concept to Contemplation: David Smith at Work includes photographs that Smith took to interpret or document his sculptures. These highly personal images reveal the artist's complex understanding of his own works, their pictorial aspects, and his fascination with viewing his sculpture in the natural landscape. Excerpts from the writings of noted scholars, as well as Smith's own words and writings by his daughter Candida Smith, provide interpretive commentary and multiple perspectives for considering the work on view.

Exhibition Hours
Sat–Wed 10 AM–5:45 PM
Fri 10 AM–8 PM

Special thanks to The Estate of David Smith for its advice, resource support, and the loans on view, and to Banks Street College students Alison Cupp, Kathryn Daley, Ariel Feinberg, and Cindy Furlong for their project assistance.

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