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BRANCHING OUT

FEB. 18 – SEP. 8, 2024

Kate Brockman, Temple, 2015. Bronze.

Discover intricate connections between students, teachers, and casting communities, which branch out much like a family tree. 

Branching Out showcases the art of casting from a variety of perspectives and lineages of shared knowledge. Discover intricate connections between students, teachers, and casting communities, which branch out much like a family tree. Our curatorial team has worked closely with our foundry staff, former apprentices, and volunteers to present how casting knowledge is shared and advanced through the process of making. The exhibited works, cast by talented individuals in foundries nationwide, reveal a network of artists linked by their shared training. Explore the traces of learning lineages in the artists' works that create a narrative spanning time and place. 

A portion of this exhibition, an installation Gasparrini West from February 18 to May 5, 2024, will feature artworks cast by Metal Museum staff, apprentices, and volunteers. We are proud of the talent and teaching that have graced our grounds since we started hosting pours in the 1980s. Bob Rogers volunteered and built our first foundry behind what is now our Lawler Foundry, which opened with an inaugural pour on October 18, 2003. Since his arrival in 2014, James Vanderpool has mentored five foundry apprentices. With classes, scratch block activities, and internships we continue to deepen our roots in the Memphis community, while our family tree of Lawler Foundry artists continues to branch out. 

Learn more, meet the artists, and further your practice in casting with accompanying programming: 

ARTIST TALK

with Phoenix Savage on
Casting History and Process

 

THURSDAY, APR. 25, 2024
6 – 8PM CST

ARTIST CONVERSATION

with Alison and Noah Ouellette-Kirby

 

THURSDAY, MAY. 23, 2024
12 – 1PM CST

F.I.R.E.

Foundry Invitational +
River Exhibition

MAY 29 – JUN. 2

ARTIST CONVERSATION

with Stacey Holloway and Marjee Levine

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2024

12 – 1PM CST

ARTIST CONVERSATION

with Bryan Massey and
Desmond Lewis

 

THURSDAY, JUL. 18, 2024
12 – 1PM CST

SLOSS FURNACES

From Industry to Art with Virginia Elliott and Ty Malugani

 

THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2024
12 – 1PM
 CST

Nonprofits such as Sculpture Trails and Josephine Sculpture Park are spaces to show work and grow community. Foundry Tree, established by Gabriel Akagawa, tracks the academic networks of iron workers through a database. Conferences such as Iron Tribe and CCCIAP at Sloss Furnaces are opportunities for artists to convene and create.

 

The following nonprofits and resources champion casting and connect artists and students: 

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