A T H E N A T A C H A
with exhibition catalogue
and an introduction to the diverse career
of a public art pioneer
copper sheet & black hot glue, 6x16.25x11.25 in.
Athena Tacha: SMALL WONDERS
(New Sculpture and Photoworks)
Sept. 6 – Oct. 29, 2006
Katzen Arts Center
American University Museum, Washington, D.C.
Opening Reception: September 9, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery talk: October 14, 4 p.m.
Installation view, Small Wonders exhibition
The exhibition contains over 30 new works - half small sculptures and half large photo panels. Her sculptures of canyons, volcanoes, caves, waves and waterfalls, made with an innovative mix of materials, are accompanied by related photographic pieces and silent films (DVD versions on plasma screens), exhibited for the first time. A 50-page exhibition catalogue with 2 essays, 34 full-page color plates (ISBN I–879383056-X) is available.
Strata (detail), serial photograph (2002/05)
Digichrome prints, 27.75x42 in.
Tacha is most noted as one of the initiators of "site-specific" architectural sculpture in the United States with over 45, large-scale, public art commissions executed over the past 31-years [and into 2008].
Click for a selection of her public art commissions [scroll down page], plus recent and in-progress works.
Dancing in the Landscape is comprehensive book on Tacha's public sculpture that was published in 2000. It can be ordered from Amazon.com or Rizzoli (New York), Bader (Washington) and major art bookstores.
The outstanding scope of media and materials as well as intense exploration of nature/pattern/natural phenomena throughout Tacha's artistic career, can be sensed by the titles of her various bodies of work that include: "Vulnerability of Fashions"; Proposed Memorials to Massacres of Civilian Populations; "Sunbursts," a multidisciplinary, collaborative installation [in-progress]; "Chaos" [online animation in-progress]; conceptual and netart; and "The Human Body: An Invisible Ecosystem" (CD-Rom; 1996).