Late this summer, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs will
become home to an approximately 65-foot-high steel sculpture by Mark di
Suvero (American, born Shanghai, 1933) commissioned by the Iowa West
Foundation as part of its Iowa West Public Art
program. Like his other
large-scale works, di Suvero designed this new project to engage the
physical context of its site. Responding to both the natural setting of
the park and the impressive architectural design of the nearby Bob
Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, the sculpture will breathe life into a
previously unused tract of land along the Missouri River.
celebrate the upcoming installation of the new sculpture, Joslyn Art
Museum presents this exhibition of di Suvero’s work, including drawings
related to the commission and a selection of his lively prints and
sculptures created since 1970. Mark di Suvero: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge
opens at Joslyn on June 7 and continues through September 7. The
exhibition is included in free general Museum admission.
by the Iowa West Foundation, recommended by the City Public Art
Commission, and approved by the Council Bluffs City Council, the di
Suvero public art was announced early last year. Some preliminary base
work has begun, and the sculpture installation is scheduled for later in
This exhibition was funded with a generous grant from
(Above) Mark di Suvero, Untitled
, 2010, Photograph courtesy of the Artist and Spacetime C.C.;
About Mark di Suvero
Mark di Suvero
immigrated to the United States from China with his parents in 1941 and
was raised in San Francisco. In the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge,
the young artist had his first dreams of creating sculptures out of
steel, a material that would become his signature medium. Featuring
simple geometric forms, bold lines, and bright colors, di Suvero’s
sculptures carefully articulate the tension between their perceived
lightness and flexibility and the weight and strength of their
Mark di Suvero: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park
celebrates the artist’s unparalleled contribution to contemporary
American sculpture. Bringing together gallery-sized sculptures and works
on paper, the exhibition illuminates di Suvero’s deft handling of his
chosen medium, as well as his whimsical approach to form and color.
Highlights of the exhibition include six mixed media drawings that
relate specifically to the Iowa West commission. Serving as both
preparatory sketches and independent creative pursuits, these drawings
reflect the dynamism of the monumental steel sculpture that will soon
preside over the Missouri River.
Exhibition-related Events and Programming
Thursday, June 19; Cash bar opens at 5 pm, tour begins at 6:30 pm
Late 'til 8 Gallery Talk
Join Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, for a closer look at this exhibition as well as the newly reinstalled modern and contemporary galleries.
Thursday, August 21 @ 10:30 am
Free admission for all adults, this guided tour program will focus on contemporary exhibitions, including Mark di Suvero. Presented in partnership with The Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club.