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Meijer Gardens Presents an Exploration of George Segal’s Work Across a Wide Range of Media and Materials

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is honored to announce the upcoming sculpture exhibition, George Segal: Body Language.  Opening on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, this exclusive exhibition organized by Meijer Gardens and the Segal Foundation explores Segal’s career and focuses on his remarkable versatility in representing body language across different media including plaster and various print techniques. This exhibition will run through January 3, 2021.

Approximately sixty years ago, George Segal embraced a new working process that catapulted him to become one of the most recognized twentieth-century sculptors. During the summer of 1961, Segal was introduced to medical gauze bandages which he began to use as a primary material to cast plaster sculptures. The following year he was included in the legendary exhibition The New Realists, along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine. In response to this group exhibition, the American media began to refer to the artists as a new movement: Pop Art.

“The George and Helen Segal Foundation is pleased to see Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park exhibit their collection of Segal works along with rarely seen prints,” said Rena Segal, President of the George and Helen Segal Foundation. “It is wonderful that his work will inspire new audiences.”

George Segal: Body Language will revisit the career of George Segal and focus on his creative vision in representing body language across a variety of materials. This is the first exhibition of Segal’s work at Meijer Gardens since 2004 and will be the first time that a selection of the gift of 32 prints, one sculpture and three wall reliefs from the Segal Foundation and Rena Segal will be on display.

“We are thrilled to share this selection of George Segal’s sculptures, reliefs and two-dimensional works with our guests,” said Jochen Wierich, Curator of Sculpture & Sculpture Exhibitions at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “Segal’s exploration of the human body across different media continues to resonate. By showing the wide range of prints he made while also working on sculpture, we hope to add a new and largely unexplored dimension to this important 20th century artist.”

Exhibition Programming – Exhibition programs are drop-in and registration is not required. Please note, due to COVID-19, programming might change. Please visit MeijerGardens.org/Segal for a current list of exhibition programming.

  • Sculpture Walk: Figures in the Gardens
    Sunday, July 12, 2 pm
    Fee: Included with Admission
    Amber Oudsema, Curator of Arts Education
    Explore the Sculpture Park with Curator of Arts Education, Amber Oudsema during an hour-long walk, discussing sculptures that focus on the human figure. Learn about how artists investigate the human condition through the body.
     
  • Lecture: Exploring Process – Printmaking
    Sunday, August 9th, 2 pm
    Fee: Included with Admission
    Mariel Versluis, Chair of the Printmaking Program at Kendall College of Art and Design
    Join working artist and college professor, Mariel Versluis, as she discusses the processes of printmaking. Topics will include why an artist might choose one printmaking process over the other, when to add color and which medium is her favorite. See some examples of Versluis’s work and equipment and learn about this widely appreciated and complex artistic process.

George Segal: Body Language is made possible by:

The Meijer Foundation

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation

Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts