Body Double Exhibition ArtPrize Overview

Bystander by June Lee

ArtPrize is finally here!

As an ArtPrize venue and host to our own fall exhibition, share a unique experience with us during Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, taking place not only during ArtPrize, but until January 6, 2013. Here is a break-down of when, where and how you can view 26 national and international artists whose artwork focuses on the figure as both an object and a metaphor.

Exhibition Information:
Recently, many artists have returned to the figure, but in decidedly contemporary terms. This exhibition will highlight contemporary sculpture around the subject of the human figure as both an object and a metaphor. Considering a wide variety of formal and conceptual approaches by artists from across the United States and around the world, Body Double illustrates the diversity and depth of the figure in Contemporary Art from more literal terms to those which are implied or symbolically stated. This exhibition explores the theme of the human figure including representations of the male and female nude.

Exhibition and ArtPrize Programming:

  • Members’ Opening Reception and Panel Discussion with ArtPrize Artists
    September 18, 6-8pm
    Listen to some of today’s most innovative figurative sculptors discuss their work.  Moderated by Vice President and Chief Curator of Horticulture and Sculpture, Exhibitions and Collections, Joseph Becherer. Meijer Gardens’ members can register to vote and have the first glimpse of the exhibition.
  • Curator’s Choice
    September 21, noon, free
    Join Director of Sculpture and Exhibitions, Laurene Grunwald, and Curator of Arts Education, Heidi Holst, as they discuss their thoughts on the works in the exhibition. Share your thoughts and questions about the sculptures.
  • Gallery Walks with ArtPrize Artists
    September 22, 11 am, free
    Artists are scheduled to answer questions and discuss their work during the Gallery Walk. Participating artists include: Khalil Chishtee, Anne Harrington Hughes, Rolf Jacobsen, Kurt Kaiser, Deanna Morse, Dora Natella, Nan Nickson, Roger Reutimann and  Meri Tancredi.

FMG&SP ArtPrize Hours:
Opening Day: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sundays:  11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mondays-Thursdays: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
These hours are complimentary only during ArtPrize and after October 7, regular hours and rates will return.

Human Resources by Lawrence Epps

ArtPrize: Wednesday, September 19 – October 7
FMG fall exhibition: Wednesday, September 19–January 6, 2013

ArtPrize admission is free.

ArtPrize: Complimentary exhibition areas are from the Cook Entry to just before the door to the English Perennial Garden.

Gift shop:
ArtPrize merchandise available.

An ArtPrize shuttle requiring a wristband will run from the covered walkway to the ArtPrize HUB, 41 Sheldon downtown during official ArtPrize hours only. The shuttle leaves at the top of the hour starting at noon during official ArtPrize hours. Wristbands serve as passes are two for $5.

Photo Policy:
Photography of our sculpture exhibitions is prohibited. Although the ArtPrize competition allows photography of exhibited artwork in many other venues, all exhibitions at Meijer Gardens are subject to our policies. We appreciate your understanding and compliance – this policy helps all guests focus on the viewing experience without interruption.

We’ve posted photos of each Body Double sculpture on our Facebook, website and in the display gallery below. Body Double Gallery Guides will also be available for guests to take home. These photos are intended for personal use only and to aid in ArtPrize voting.

We hope you enjoy this year’s fall exhibition, Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, from now until January 6, 2013!

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