Renowned American Sculptor George Segal Featured in New Exhibition and Related Programs

By Tom McLaughlin

As part of Rutgers 250, a yearlong celebration of Rutgers University’s 250th anniversary, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts will host a free, public exhibition of the work of renowned American sculptor George Segal, who earned a master of fine arts degree from Rutgers University in 1963 and an honorary doctorate in 1970.

Graffiti Wall, 1990 Plaster, paint, wood, plastic, 96 H x 192 W x 54 D inches

Art © The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Graffiti Wall, 1990, plaster, paint, wood, plastic, 96 H x 192 W x 54 D inches

The exhibition, “George Segal in Black and White: Drawings and Sculptures,” will be held from Sept. 6 to Dec. 10 in the Stedman Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Complex on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers University–Camden campus.

A selection of primarily black-and-white drawings and sculptures is accompanied by “George Segal in Black and White: Photographs by Donald Lokuta,” an exhibition organized by the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

George Segal is one of America’s most respected and popular artists, best known for his life-size plaster sculptures of ordinary people doing ordinary things, which he created by covering friends and relatives with plaster-soaked surgical bandages. “George Segal in Black and White” presents sculpture installations, plaster fragments, pastel drawings, and photographs by Segal’s longtime collaborator, Donald Lokuta, which document the artist in his studio, providing an overview of Segal’s work and aesthetic choices.

George Segal sculpting heads for Applachian Farm Couple
All photographs courtesy of Donald Lokuta and hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK

A series of engaging, free events in the Stedman Gallery will accompany the exhibition throughout the fall.

A Third Thursday reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15, coinciding with Camden’s Third Thursday Art Crawl.

Donna Gustafson, curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs at the Zimmerli Art Museum, will lead two curator’s talks on Monday, Sept. 26, focusing on the studio practices of George Segal at 11:15 a.m. and curating the exhibition at 1:20 p.m.

Elizabeth Pilliod, a visiting professor of art history at Rutgers–Camden, will lead a discussion, titled “Inside George Segal and the World of Casts,” at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery will be closed from Nov. 24 to 26.

For more information regarding the exhibition or affiliated events, contact Nancy Maguire at (856) 225-6245.

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