Snow Flurry, May 14

1959

Object

Artist

Alexander Calder, American, 1898-1976
Born: Philadelphia, PA
Work Locations: Roxbury, CT; France

Country

Object Info

Object: mobile
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1996.197A-D

Medium/Technique

Painted steel and aluminum

Credit

Partial gift of Yellow Freight Systems, Inc., and funds from the NBT Foundation, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Jan and Frederick Mayer by exchange, Joan Evans Anderman, Volunteer Endowment Fund, John and Ann Chafee, anonymous donors, and various other donors by exchange

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Dimensions

overall height: 96 in, 243.8400 cm; overall width: 168 in, 426.7200 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Alexander Calder
Snow Flurry, May 14, 1959
Painted steel and aluminum
Partial gift of Yellow Freight Systems, Inc., and funds from the NBT Foundation, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Jan and Frederick Mayer by exchange, Joan Evans Anderman, Volunteer Endowment Fund, John and Ann Chafee, anonymous donors, and various other donors by exchange, 1996.197A-D

Inscription

"CA 59" engraved on largest disk

Extended Info

Alexander Calder is an American artist known for being the originator of the mobile, a term first coined by Marcel Duchamp, which often employed motors or other means to create movement. Calder’s non-moving ground works, called stabiles, were also very popular and were involved in the many performances of Calder’s Circus. Snow Flurry, May 14 is a mobile construction of Calder’s suspended high in the air; it consists of white discs and black rods that seem poised to envelop the galleries and the viewers below in a shower of round snowflakes.