{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 2604, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/2604", "Disp_Access_No" : "1965.21", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1963", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1963", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1963", "Disp_Title" : "Blanket Chest", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Wendell Castle", "Sort_Artist" : "Castle, Wendell", "Disp_Dimen" : "36 1/2 x 32 x 21 in. (92.7 x 81.3 x 53.3 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "36 1/2 in.", "Disp_Width" : "32 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "", "Medium" : "Cherry", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Cherry", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Blanket Chest is now considered among Castle's early masterpieces. Not only is it one of the first major works to use stack lamination, it also stakes its claim equally as sculpture and furniture. The central form is carved from two blocks of laminated cherry, hollowed out to serve as a storage container. (The lid opens to reveal an ample cradle-like cavity.) The piece is also compelling as sculpture, with its distinctive pod shape and its plant-inspired handle, appearing to grow out of its half-domed base. Speaking in 2004 about this piece, Castle explained that the base began as a square, which he modified as the piece evolved. Although bases are easy for visitors to overlook - often requiring a change in position from standing to crouching - they are critical to the support and the overall aesthetics. About the significance of bases, particularly of tables and desk, Castle once explained, "I kind of like the thing underneath the most. I was interested in…getting the base out from under the table and making the whole thing a piece of sculpture." [Gallery label text]", "Dedication" : "The Mr. and Mrs. James Sibley Watson Purchase Award, Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Furniture", "Creation_Place2" : "United States", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "The prize for this artwork was donated by Michael & Nicki Watson. 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Scanned by DIA for MAG April 2015.", "View" : "" } , { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/65.21_A3.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/65.21_A3.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/65.21_A3.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/65.21_A3.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "43495", "Image_Type" : "digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "Photographed at Detroit Institute of Arts while there on exhibition in 1989. No uncorrected master image, but DIA says background of print image is a neutral gray and color can be re-corrected using that background. Scanned by DIA for MAG April 2015.", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 2605, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/2605", "Disp_Access_No" : "1972.64", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1972", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1972", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1972", "Disp_Title" : "Suggestion Box", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Wendell Castle", "Sort_Artist" : "Castle, Wendell", "Disp_Dimen" : "41 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 29 in. (105.4 x 72.4 x 73.7 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "41 1/2 in.", "Disp_Width" : "28 1/2 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "", "Medium" : "Walnut", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Walnut", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Visitors to the Memorial Art Gallery have been using this suggestion box for over thirty years, depositing comments in the oval slot on the top, which are read and acted upon regularly. In addition to having a place to leave messages, Suggestion Box is also a favorite stop on many Gallery tours. At last, a piece visitors are allowed to touch! Visual appreciation of the polished surfaces and the sleek animal-like leg can be reinforced tacitly by running hands over the entire piece. 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(88.1 x 27 x 27 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "34 11/16 in.", "Disp_Width" : "10 5/8 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "overall", "Medium" : "Rosewood and bronze", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Rosewood and bronze", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Around 1962, the Rev. Robert McNamara commissioned six candlesticks for the high altar at St. Bernard’s Seminary in memory of his mother. Liturgical changes initiated by the Second Vatican Council excluded traditional candlesticks set upon altars, so two were moved to a shrine of remembrance in the seminary chapel. When St. Bernard’s closed in 1981, all six were returned to Rev. McNamara, who donated a pair to MAG. The artist, along with Wendell Castle, was one of the founders of the woodworking department at RIT’s School for American Craftsmen. “I’ve always believed in the presence of a . . . supreme craftsman,” he said in a 2003 interview for the Archives of American Art. “And I’ve come to believe that whatever I’ve been able to achieve has been His work more than mine, that I’m just a vehicle.” [Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]", "Dedication" : "Gift of Rev. Robert F. McNamara", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Furniture", "Creation_Place2" : "United States", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/89.18.1-2_A1.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/89.18.1-2_A1.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/89.18.1-2_A1.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/89.18.1-2_A1.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "39457", "Image_Type" : "digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 10254, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/10254", "Disp_Access_No" : "2001.6", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "2001", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "2001", "_Disp_End_Date" : "2001", "Disp_Title" : "Lord Dragonfly Chair", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Wendell Castle and William Heyen", "Sort_Artist" : "Wendell Castle and William Heyen", "Disp_Dimen" : "35 x 82 x 24 in. (88.9 x 208.3 x 61 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "35 in.", "Disp_Width" : "82 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "overall", "Medium" : "Cherry", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Cherry and polychromed jetulong", "Info_Page_Comm" : "The Memorial Art Gallery commissioned Lord Dragonfly Chair as a bench for public use. It represents the collaboration of two of Rochester’s luminaries, furniture artist Wendell Castle and poet William Heyen (born 1940). Routed into the back and seat are poems from Heyen’s 1981 book Lord Dragonfly: Five Sequences. Heyen made an initial selection of possible poems, from which Castle chose six. To disguise his handwriting, Castle used his left hand to rout these brief untitled poems into the wood. [Gallery label text, 2008]", "Dedication" : "Gift of Marion J. Hawks in honor of Grant Holcomb, the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director, and the Bachman Fund ", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Furniture", "Creation_Place2" : "United States", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2001.6_A1.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2001.6_A1.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2001.6_A1.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2001.6_A1.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "17114", "Image_Type" : "digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 10533, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/10533", "Disp_Access_No" : "2002.2", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1966", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1966", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1966", "Disp_Title" : "Two-seat Bench", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Wendell Castle", "Sort_Artist" : "Castle, Wendell", "Disp_Dimen" : "28 5/8 x 54 3/8 x 22 in. (72.7 x 138.1 x 55.9 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "28 5/8 in.", "Disp_Width" : "54 3/8 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "overall", "Medium" : "Oak", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Stack laminated oak", "Info_Page_Comm" : "The MAG’s benches by Wendell Castle are the rare artworks in the museum that visitors are encouraged to touch. Run your hands along the smooth wood and sit down to contemplate other works nearby or just to rest. This bench was originally part of a dining room suite commissioned by the Baker family of Rochester. The artist used a technique called stack lamination, in which planks of wood are stacked and glued together, then carved and joined to create the final form. [Summer 2015]", "Dedication" : "Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Furniture", "Creation_Place2" : "United States", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2002.2_A1.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2002.2_A1.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2002.2_A1.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2002.2_A1.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "15912", "Image_Type" : "digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 12829, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/12829", "Disp_Access_No" : "2005.263", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "2003", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "2003", "_Disp_End_Date" : "2003", "Disp_Title" : "Last Judgment", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Wendell Castle", "Sort_Artist" : "Castle, Wendell", "Disp_Dimen" : "84 x 32 x 26 in. (213.4 x 81.3 x 66 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "84 in.", "Disp_Width" : "32 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "overall", "Medium" : "", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Mahogany, patinated brass", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Wendell Castle, whose studio is in Scottsville, New York, is internationally renowned for his innovative and sculptural approach to furniture design. In Rochester, Castle has been an influential teacher through his affiliations with a number of schools, including the State University of New York at Brockport and Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts, where he currently holds the position of artist-in-residence. [Gallery label text, 2007] ", "Dedication" : "Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Fund", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Furniture", "Creation_Place2" : "United States", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2005.263_A1.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2005.263_A1.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2005.263_A1.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2005.263_A1.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "19667", "Image_Type" : "digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 22581, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/22581", "Disp_Access_No" : "2010.7", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1964", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1964", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1964", "Disp_Title" : "Music Rack", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Wendell Castle", "Sort_Artist" : "Castle, Wendell", "Disp_Dimen" : "53 1/2 x 26 x 20 in. (135.9 x 66 x 50.8 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "53 1/2 in.", "Disp_Width" : "26 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "overall", "Medium" : "Oak", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Oak and Brazilian rosewood", "Info_Page_Comm" : "The elegant tapered lines of Music Rack reflect the influence of renowned Pennsylvania artist-craftsman Wharton Esherick, whose work Castle credits with teaching him “that the making of furniture could be a form of sculpture.” Using bentwood lamination as a technique, Castle was able to create the “gentle, but regular organic curve” of the sculpture, whose central trunk mimics “a supple, bent sapling.” Music Rack was the first of Castle’s works to receive international attention. Not only was it included in an important design exhibition in Milan, but a review of the show in Time magazine featured a color image of it. All twelve versions of the original edition sold quickly, several to museum collections including the American Craft Museum. This work is now considered one of Castle’s most iconic. For over forty years the music rack was owned by Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton. The congregation offered it for sale to the MAG to ensure that it would be properly taken care of for generations to come. [Summer 2015]", "Dedication" : "Given in honor of Marion J. Hawks by her family, by exchange", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Furniture", "Creation_Place2" : "United States", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2010.7_A1.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2010.7_A1.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2010.7_A1.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2010.7_A1.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "39460", "Image_Type" : "digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] }, ] }