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Ginnever: Transforming Perspectives

In the Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden, around Morrill Hall on central campus

ABOVE: Midas and Fog, 1966 by Charles Ginnever (American, 1931-2019). Steel, acrylic lacquer. On loan from the Jon and Molly Ott Collection, California

An exhibition of Charles Ginnever’s Flat Illusion sculptures spanning 45 years of Ginnever’s career is installed Anderson Sculpture Garden from fall 2020 through fall 2022. This exhibition explores how Ginnever’s large scale public works of art challenge the certainty we feel in our own ability to view space and visual information accurately. Visit in person to experience the countless transforming figures these sculptures present as you visit them in-the-round.

Artist Biography:
Internationally acclaimed, Charles Ginnever was a sculptor who created large-scale public works of art meant to challenge the traditional Western idea of perspective and create depth within sculpture.  By locating the large-scale works of art outside, Ginnever’s sculptures were placed in conversation with the architecture and natural elements that surrounded them. Throughout his 60-year career, Ginnever explored simple planar geometric forms, manipulating them to build complexity and movement as you view the sculptures in the round.

LEFT: Walkabout, 1987 by Charles Ginnever (American, 1931-2019). Bronze with patina.  On loan from the Jon and Molly Ott Collection, California.

RIGHT: Untitled [Flat Illusion Series], 1968 by Charles Ginnever (American, 1931-2019). Steel. Gift of Jon and Molly Ott in memory of Frieda Gorewitz, Holocaust survivor, who was personally responsible for saving the lives of at least 18 children as a member of the Belgian resistance. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. U2020.21


Click the book cover above to browse the Ginnever catalogue online.

Support for this exhibition is graciously provided by the Byron R. Anderson Sculpture Garden Fund, Betty and Dennis Keeney, and the University Museums Membership. With special appreciation to the Ginnever Trust, the John and Molly Ott Collection, and Karen and Robert Duncan Collection.  With gratitude to Tessa Peters, Anne Pagel, Trisha Bergren and Anne Kohs in the exhibition preparation.

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