Sculpture on The Grounds, 2011 Invitational

Images: Dalya Luttak, When Nature Takes Over, 2011. Painted steel, roots and vines (left); Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Markings, 2000. Concrete and steel (right). Photos by Greg Staley

Director Judy A. Greenberg and Mike Shaffer, President of the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG), are pleased to announce their second invitational collaboration with the installation of two new sculptures on the Kreeger grounds by WSG members Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Dalya Luttwak.The selection was co-curated by Vivienne Lassman and Judy A. Greenberg.Sculpture on the Grounds is a continuation of The Kreeger Museum’s commitment to exhibit and collaborate with Washington artists and organizations.

Each artist responded to the invitational with various interpretations, Luttwak with a site-specific installation, Jackson-Jarvis with a piece originally conceived some years earlier. Jackson-Jarvis' sculpture, created for an exhibition inspired by Thomas Jefferson, was previously displayed in an unmarked slave cemetery located at Montpelier, the plantation home of James and Dolly Madison in Orange, VA. She pays homage to the enduring stories embedded in teh shape and structure with Markings, a narrative of the antebellum south, incorporationg proportions of vernacular architecture and chicken feet.

Because of Dalya Luttwak's broken roots, melancholy in all its aspects has long been intertwined in her artistic work. Luttwak was drawn to create a site-specific sculpture on the Museum's tennis court, out of use since 1994. The floor is cracked and the metal fence has slowly been covered with roots and vines. By painting the existing vines bright red and adding painted steel sculptures of roots, she concentrated her attention on what was there and is no longer there, When Nature Takes Over.

The public may view the sculptures free of charge Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm and Friday and Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. The sculptures will remain on view through April 15, 2013. The works will join Haiku II by Wendy Ross and Revolve by Foon Sham, installed in the 2009 Invitational.

Click here to read an interview with Dalya Luttwak conducted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.