David Deming Sculpture at Muskegon Museum of Art

David Deming: Sculpture opens at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Thursday, September 8 and will run through November 11, 2016. The exhibition presents 20 bronze, steel, and stainless steel works from the four major series of the artist’s abstract sculpture: Rockers, Tri Pods, Flora Bellas, and Centurions—variations of which have engaged Deming for more than four decades. His outdoor sculpture, Rocker, installed at the MMA’s Clay Street entrance, introduces visitors to the large-scale public works for which he is best known.

Cleveland-born David Deming grew up in the industrial Midwest of the 1950s and 1960s, where he was attracted to the versatility of metal and its aesthetic possibilities. Deming’s sculpture is characterized by interlocking geometric and fluid structures. Deming has exhibited in nearly 200 exhibitions and his works are included in more than 100 public and private collections.

This exhibition has been organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art and is underwritten by Harbor Steel and Supply Corp, with additional support from Blue Lake Public Radio and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Thursday, September 8
Opening Reception and Lecture
5:30 pm Reception/7:00 pm Lecture by David Deming
This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 10, 10:00-3:00 pm
Guest Artist Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Artist David Deming will share how he creates his large-scale abstract sculptures and “demingstrate” his work by making small models that visitors can try as well. Admission and activities are free and underwritten by the Alcoa Foundation.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Demingstrations! with David Deming
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film: The Boxcar Children (81 mins.)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Tours: Explore David Deming: Sculpture with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take: Take inspiration from David Deming’s sculptures and use pieces of wood to create your own mini abstract sculpture.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., downtown Muskegon, MI. Visitor information: www.muskegonartmuseum.org or 231.720.2570.

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PRESS IMAGES: High-resolution images available upon request.

Flora Bella XXI
Painted steel, 2012
Courtesy of the artist

Rocker Man
Stainless steel and brass, 1988
Courtesy of the artist

David Deming with outdoor sculpture at the Muskegon Museum of Art
Stainless steel with painted steel base, 2015


Categories: Fine Art

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