Storm King, located less than two hours outside the city in the beautiful Hudson Valley, has long been a popular destination for New York art lovers. The 500-acre outdoor museum houses sculpture by postwar artists including Alexander Calder, Nam June Paik and many others.
But this summer, Storm King comes to the city. "Mark di Suvero at Governors Island" opens May 27, and it is the largest public exhibition of sculptor di Suvero's work since the 1970s. The exhibit comprises about a dozen of di Suvero's large-scale metal creations, drawn both from the Storm King collection and private holdings. We spoke with Storm King director and curator David Collens about the project.
How did Storm King settle on Governors Island? We had been thinking for a while about the possibility of creating an exhibition off-site, and when we visited the island, we realized that it would be perfect. Not only can it accommodate Mark di Suvero's work, which is generally very large, and still give it room to breathe, but it will also enable the works to be seen against the backdrop of the city's skyline.
How did you choose di Suvero? Storm King has a very long relationship with di Suvero, and our "di Suvero fields" house one of the largest installations of his work to be found anywhere. We thought it would be interesting to create an exhibition of Mark di Suvero's work to be seen in a different environment than the pastoral one at Storm King.
Was he involved with planning at all? Mark di Suvero was not involved directly in the planning of the exhibition. ... That said, we do need the artist to help with the installation of the pieces on the island. He has a remarkable ability to place his sculptures in different locations.
What should general audiences know about di Suvero going into the show? We hope that visitors will appreciate the way in which the artist takes industrial materials and creates something with grace and energy and human emotion.
If you go: "Mark di Suvero at Governors Island" will be at Governors Island May 27-Sept. 25. For more information, visit stormking.org.