Contemporary Art

Worcester Art Museum (2008)

(Left) Rona Pondick, Dog (detail), yellow stainless steel, 1998- 2001. Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/ Salzburg. (Right) Seated Buddha in Maravijaya (detail), bronze, late 15th/early 16th-century. Gift in memory of Cameron Horner Smyser, 1998.

The Foundation supported the Rona Pondick exhibit that was on display in 2009. “Since achieving international prominence in the early 1990s, Rona Pondick has become one of the most accomplished sculptors of her generation. Over the past decade, she has combined both ancient sculptural methods and the latest 3-D computer technologies to produce a powerful group of sculptures that fuse human and animal bodies or human and flora forms. Provocative juxtapositions of Pondick’s hybrids with a personal selection of historic sculptures illustrate her connections to the past and her understanding of the effects of artistic cross-fertilization. Pondick’s captivation with this phenomenon of the “metamorphosis of an object” and the fluidity of meanings over time is at the heart of this innovative project. This exhibition featured 14 examples of Pondick’s sculptures from the past decade and focuses on her particular interest in three aspects of sculpture—the communicative capacity of gesture and posture, the treatment of hair, and the effects of repetition.”