While many neighbors borrow cups of sugar and lawnmowers from one another, art patron powerhouses The Music Center at Strathmore and the Glenstone Museum share highly celebrated, iconic works of art. Luckily for us, they share with the public.
Martin Honert’s “Group of Teachers,” on loan through April, is on view in The Music Center’s Lockheed Martin Lobby. The 2012 sculpture of six life-size figures is a three-dimensional rendering of a black-and-white photograph of faculty members at the boarding school the artist attended as a child. The men and women are cast in transparent layers of polyurethane that have visible specks of sand and glass, which replicates the effect of the vintage photograph.
Honert, who came of age in the 1960s in post-war Germany, draws on childhood memories for much of his work. While the artist has stated that his “childhood was just as dull and boring as everyone else’s,” his ability to turn the mundane into life-size masterpieces is either overcompensation or irony.
The Strathmore/Glenstone partnership began in 2012. “Group of Teachers” is the first freestanding sculpture in the partnership. Past pieces include Keith Haring’s acrylic and enamel on canvas painting “Brazil” (1989), Lee Bontecou’s pencil on paper drawing “Untitled” (1962) and Ellsworth Kelly’s oil and canvas painting “White Red” (1963). Loans like these along with the more recently spawned Counterpoint music series are a win-win: Strathmore morphs into museum. Glenstone converts to concert hall.
Counterpoint concerts at Glenstone were designed to complement residing exhibits. “Fred Sandback: Light, Space, Facts” was on display during both the March 19 Counterpoint concert featuring European virtuoso boogie-woogie pianists Chris Conz and Luca Sestak and the sold-out Sept. 10 show featuring Los Angeles-based composer, performer and recording artist Julia Holter. “The Counterpoint series marks the first time concerts have been organized at Glenstone,” said Laura Linton, Glenstone’s Chief Administrative Officer, who suggested more concerts may be in the works.
Strathmore CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl said that Glenstone and Strathmore “marry art and music for the benefit of audiences accustomed to…a distinction between these expressive disciplines when in fact, they strengthen and enrich each other, adding, “We are proud partners in service to creativity and service to our citizens of all ages.”
What will the partnership curate next? With works in the Glenstone collection ranging from Matisse to Calder to de Kooning to Rothko, we can’t wait to find out.