|Naples, FL—Kathleen van Bergen, CEO and President of Artis—Naples today announced the return of the organization’s most recognizable piece of art—Louise Nevelson’s monumental sculpture Dawn’s Forest—after a two-and-a-half-year loan to Southwest Florida International Airport.
“As we celebrate 15 years of our permanent collection, it is fitting that The Baker Museum’s signature pieces are together on our cultural campus,” van Bergen said. “We appreciate our partnership with the Lee County Port Authority and Lee County Alliance for the Arts, which allowed us to share this amazing piece with millions of visitors coming to Southwest Florida each year.”
Lydia Black, Executive Director of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, added, “It has been a pleasure working with The Baker Museum at Artis—Naples to bring such a significant and monumental work of art into a public space for millions of residents and tourists alike to enjoy. We are very thankful to Southwest Florida International Airport for the opportunity to display Dawn’s Forest and for their commitment to showcasing a diverse selection of artwork throughout their facility.”
The work, which weighs more than three tons and is nearly 25 feet tall at its highest point, will be arranged in segments throughout the Artis—Naples campus. This installation will offer another opportunity for the blending of visual and performing arts that makes Artis—Naples a unique organization.
“One of the driving forces of everything we do is to think across disciplines and to break the boundaries between performing and visual arts,” van Bergen said. “We wanted to thoughtfully install Dawn’s Forest throughout our campus to allow for a new appreciation of this iconic work in cross-disciplinary spaces.”
Dawn’s Forest was acquired by The Baker Museum in 2010 thanks to a donation by Georgia-Pacific, LLC. Nevelson originally created the monumental sculpture in 1985 specifically for the organization’s headquarters in Atlanta. It was the final piece Nevelson created in her storied career before she died in 1988.
One of the towering figures of 20th century American art, Nevelson was known for her tightly woven compositions created often from scraps of wood and unified by monochromatic themes, mostly black and white. Dawn’s Forest is Nevelson’s largest work and incorporates pieces she created as early as the 1970s. The Louise Nevelson Foundation was consulted on its initial installation at The Baker Museum, the subsequent installation at the airport and its return to Artis—Naples.
Home of The Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic, Artis—Naples is Southwest Florida’s premier arts and cultural destination with more than 300 concerts, performances, exhibitions and education events for patrons of all ages from September to July each year. Led by CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen and Music Director Andrey Boreyko, the organization’s mission to create and present world-class visual and performing arts provides for a broad array of artistic and educational opportunities for the entire community.
THE NAPLES PHILHARMONIC
The Naples Philharmonic performs more than 140 orchestral and chamber music concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts annually in the 1,425-seat Hayes Hall, the 283-seat Daniels Pavilion and around the Southwest Florida region. Founded in 1982 as the Naples-Marco Philharmonic, the orchestra performed four concerts in its first season. In 1989 the orchestra moved to its current home in Naples, and since then the ensemble has grown in scope, size and artistic impact.
In his second season as Music Director, Boreyko continues to expand the repertoire and redouble the orchestra’s dedication to world-class performances. In 2009 Jack Everly was named Principal Pops Conductor and continues today in that role bringing pops performances that celebrate music in its many forms.
THE BAKER MUSEUM
The Baker Museum is one of the foremost fine arts museums in Southwest Florida. The museum hosts several traveling exhibitions annually to complement installations of works from its permanent collections. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the museum is dedicated to stewardship and scholarship, generating travelling exhibitions from both its permanent collections and outside sources.
Among recent exhibitions are the critically acclaimed Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris and an innovative look at Surrealism in Belgium, organized and curated by Artis—Naples.Upcoming exhibitions include a 15th anniversary retrospective of the museum’s permanent collection entitled 15 Years of Collecting and an exciting traveling show from the Museum at F.I.T., Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s.