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Calder exhibit...a funny thing

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Bunki Kramer (
Wed, 14 Oct 1998 23:25:05 -0700

Remember I wrote about the free teachers' Calder exhibit showing starting
at San Francisco's MOMA a few weeks ago? Remember I said I blew on the wire
sculptures so I and those around me could really appreciate the movement
and I was almost hyperventilating near the end? Apparently I wasn't the
only one. Someone told me this evening that the museum was putting out
fliers of some sort about not touching, moving, or blowing on any of these
works of art. I understand they are asking people to leave who are blowing
on them.

I guess I can understand why as they are old and fragile....but you know,
they are MEANT to move. It was REALLY hard to walk by the hand-cranked
displays and not touch...or the electric-motorized pieces that WEREN'T
running. But not blowing on the wire sculptures or mobiles? Give me a
break! They HAVE to move to appreciate them. Without movement, there is
little joy in viewing them at a standstill. I think there should be motors
running and/or air (fans of some kind) movement being controlled by the
exhibitors. Does anyone else who has seen this exhibit feel the same way? I
hope that when this exhibit moves to another state location, you'll have
the chance to see what I mean.

It's not like you are standing right up close to these mobiles and wire
sculptures. The pieces are sectioned off with ropes, cords and taped
flooring. Just a puff sends a gentle breeze...enough to get the thing
slowing turning. What's the harm? I bet if Calder showed up with his wings
and halo, he'd have a fit and be waving his arms wildly to get the air
flyin'. Hummmmm. Toodles.....

Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526

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