Adam Silverman, a Los Angeles–based artist, will present a gallery talk in the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Artist’s Eye” series on Saturday, October 13, at 11 a.m. Jennifer Casler Price, curator for Asian and non-Western art at the Kimbell, will moderate this free program.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Kimbell in its iconic Louis I. Kahn building, Silverman has created three site-specific vessels that will be installed in the Museum’s southern interior courtyard during the special exhibition The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece and will be featured in this gallery talk.
One vessel will sit on each of the low, travertine plinths on the sidewalls, with a third on the travertine cube at the west end of the fountain, facing Antoine Bourdelle’s sculpture of Penelope. The artist says that his ultimate hope is that they will look like Kahn chose them for the space himself.
Silverman’s vessels are made entirely of materials that have been harvested from the area around the Kahn building and from the construction site of the new Renzo Piano Pavilion: water from the Kahn fountains, three different clays from the new site, wood ash from trees on the Kimbell site, and concrete from the Kahn and Piano buildings. In using these raw materials, Silverman is striving to make “artifacts that memorialize the moment in time when Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano come face to face in dialogue.”
“The Artist’s Eye” is an ongoing program moderated by Kimbell staff. It brings artists to the Kimbell Art Museum to discuss works in the permanent collection, share the special insights of the practicing professional, and relate older art to contemporary artistic concerns, including their own.