The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Sculptor Jesús Moroles to Create Reflecting Pool Installation for Joslyn Art Museum
When the water level lowers, the river sculpture will be revealed.
OMAHA, NE.- American granite sculptor Jesús Moroles has been commissioned by Joslyn Art Museum to create a keynote, large-scale installation as a focal point of Joslyn’s Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden, now under construction. The installation, titled The Omaha Riverscape, will include a reflecting pool featuring the landscape of the Missouri River, column fountains, and a fountain wall on axis with the atrium entrance. Work on components of the Moroles installation is underway at the artist’s Rockport, Texas, studio with installation scheduled at Joslyn in mid October. Joslyn’s installation will be Moroles’ first public commission in Nebraska (another piece is in a private collection in Lincoln).

“Jesús Moroles is an immensely successful, instantly recognizable contemporary sculptor, and one of only a handful of major sculptors working today in stone,” noted Joslyn director J. Brooks Joyner. “His remarkable pieces are monumental in scale, but also possess an inviting, intimate quality. Observers touch the stone and connect with it, and in Jesús’ own words, they ‘christen it’ and ‘the truth of the material’ comes out. For his exquisite marrying of granite and the element of water in an outdoor setting, Moroles is a perfect choice to create an installation that will serve as the Museum’s doorstep and the spine of Joslyn’s garden galleries melding art and nature.”

Central to Moroles’ installation is a reflecting pool that will be oriented east–west on axis with the Museum’s glass atrium. Approximate pool dimensions are 118 feet long, 25 feet wide, and nine inches deep (with the depth varying at some points). Visitors leaving the atrium will stroll along a pathway of Lake Superior Green granite toward the reflecting pool. The floor of the pool will be a landscape sculpture — a topographical “map” of a section of the Missouri River and one of its tributaries, the Platte River, created from some 184 large slabs of Academy Black granite, weighing a total of 50 tons. The granite will be shaped and placed so as to leave a meandering trough representing an aerial view of each river in 1806, the final year of the three-year epic journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Moroles’ interpretation of the Missouri and the Platte Rivers emphasizes their history and importance to Nebraska and encourages visitors to consider where they are and to connect to their “sense of place.” It also serves as a reference to Joslyn’s internationally known Maximilian–Bodmer Collection. The German scientist–explorer, Prince Maximilian of Wied, along with Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, travelled up the Missouri River in 1832–1834, using the same route as Lewis and Clark nearly 30 years after their expedition, recording their voyage in detailed journals and nearly 400 pencil, ink, and watercolor renderings which are today the gem of Joslyn’s art of the American West holdings. The pool will show the segment of the rivers from Sioux City, Iowa, southward to the confluence of the Missouri and the Platte.

The interactive landscape pool will fill and drain on a timer set to demonstrate, in continuous daily rotation, the ebb and flow of the river water, replicating to scale the rivers’ true height in various seasons. When swollen to capacity, the depressions marking the rivers will “flood” and the installation will appear to be a traditional reflecting pool, with even coverage of water. When the water level lowers, the river sculpture will be revealed, and visitors will be able to walk on the granite slabs forming its banks. A heating system following the river path will be installed under the pool’s granite floor for use during the winter months. The system ensures that accumulating snow along the sculpted path will melt, sustaining the visual river element year-round.

Rising from the floor of the reflecting pool will be one and one-half foot square column fountains of granite (one Mountain Red, one Carnelian, and one Dakota Mahogany), each about 12 feet tall with water bubbling from its top and trickling down to its base. When the pool is flooded, the base of the columns will be hidden; when it is at a low-level point in its cycle, the full columns will be visible.

The reflecting pool will be dissected by the Dodge Street entrance drive, a bridge forming a low, gentle arch near its eastern end. To the east of this segment of drive, the pool will end in a dynamic “Broken Earth” fountain wall designed by Moroles. Comprising the wall are eight and one-half tons of Dakota Mahogany granite. Twelve feet tall, nearly 26 feet wide, and four inches deep, the wall will adhere to a concrete core, already in place, with water cascading from its top.

Moroles embarked on his “Broken Earth” series in the last few years. For each work, the artist selects a large piece of granite and breaks or “tears” it into pieces with carbide tipped chisels and hand tools, then carefully reassembles the stone, using hidden steel rods to secure the segments. “I take a piece of earth that might otherwise go unnoticed, break and tear it to expose all of its wonderful, never-seen elements — the weight, texture, color, and reflective qualities of this living stone born of heat and pressure in the center of the earth — and then ‘fix’ it so it’s seen now for its aesthetics, its beauty . . . put it together again so it will be noticed,” said Moroles.

Jesús Moroles was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1950, the son of a Mexican immigrant, José Moroles, and his wife María. When Jesús exhibited a talent for drawing at an early age, his parents enrolled him in art classes at the local YMCA for one dollar per class. Moroles’ instructor was so impressed with his talent she offered him more expensive private lessons at the same rate. At this time, Moroles was also apprenticed to his uncle, a mason, and began working with masonry tools and large-scale concrete structures. As a teen, he ran his own successful silk-screening business prior to enlisting in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Skilled in mathematics, Moroles became an electronic equipment repair specialist stationed at bases in Southeast Asia and around the United States, including Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base. Moroles lived in Plattsmouth in the early 1970s, often visiting Joslyn Art Museum during that time. After four years in the service, he returned to Texas, earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1978, apprenticed in El Paso with well-known sculptor Luis Jiménez, and then spent a year in the great marble studios of Italy and Michelangelo’s beloved quarries at Carrara. Learning that marble was too soft for his personal esthetic, Moroles returned to the United States, set up his own shop in 1980 in Waxahachie, Texas, and began his first granite sculpture — a fountain 12 feet high in granite and hand-polished stainless steel. The piece sold immediately, and Moroles’ career was born. In 1982, Moroles resettled in Rockport, Texas, near his parents, and established a large production facility for the creation of granite sculpture, overrun by peacocks raised by his father and operated nearly around the clock by himself, his family, and some 20 employees.

Today, Moroles travels often — to Egypt and China, including Tibet, in particular —to recharge his imagination and create substantial sculptural work on-site, often combining forces with native artists and workmen. The Moroles Cultural Center in Cerrillos, New Mexico, served as living quarters and exhibition space for visiting artists from around the world. Moroles has received innumerable honors and distinctions, among them representation in the “Twentieth Century American Sculpture” exhibition at the White House in 1995 and his appointment to the board of commissioners of the Smithsonian Institution’s National American Art Museum (1996 to 2008). This past May, Moroles and his sister, Suzanna, were special guests of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush for the Cinco De Mayo celebration dinner in the White House Rose Garden.

Moroles’ work reflects the ideas of eternity, stability, and longevity. “The stone itself is the starting point, and I feel a connection to it,” he said. He aims to “make the stone important by drawing attention to it, and to show the finished pieces as a result of an interaction between man and nature.” Moroles chooses pieces that can retain a suggestion of their original formation after he has worked on them. He does not use plans or drawings, but rather allows the stone’s veins, colors, and textures to guide him. In a process he calls “tearing granite,” Moroles gradually cracks the stone with “wedges,” and “feathers,” never completely sure of the results but always pursuing his masterpiece. He will sometimes keep a piece of stone for years before beginning work on it, and he has as many as 20 pieces going at any one time. He always stops his work at the moment when it rests on the fine line between natural and manmade. He prefers his work to retain the crudity of the material and does not use pedestals, so that his objects may sustain their link with the earth and gravity.

Certain forms appear again and again in Moroles work — the totem, obelisk, and stele (monolithic stone with writing on it) — reflecting similar monuments erected since prehistoric times around the world. Some of his innovations in granite include pieces that appear woven into a fabric; those that can be thrummed like harp strings to produce cascading, bell-like notes; and massive stone sculptures — his “rocking benches” — meant to be set in motion.

Moroles presents his sculptural vision through the assemblage of complete environments, or multipart installations, in museums and galleries, and through the participation on the part of his audience in the realization of many of his works. His sculptures have been included in over 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide. Work in progress includes a courtyard plaza for the University of Arkansas. He recently completed the Dreamscape Plaza




Last Week News

October 4, 2008

Statuephilia Opens Today at The British Museum; Kate Moss in Gold By Marc Quinn Unveiled

Mint Museum of Art Presents Major Andy Warhol Exhibition

Sotheby's To Auction One of the Greatest Modern Paintings Ever Offered for Sale

Miro, Calder, Giacometti, Braque: Aime Maeght And His Artists Opens at Royal Academy of the Arts

Darwin's Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure Opens at The Huntington Library

The Fluidity of Glass - Etsuko Ichikawa: Traces of the Molten State

Hong Kong International Arts and Antiques Fair Opens

Tate St. Ives Presents Heimo Zobernig and the Tate Collection

Christie's Spanish Art Sale in Madrid Totals $7.7 Million

Moderna Museet Presents Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957-1968

The Andy Warhol Museum Opens 1958 Exhibition

American Artists from the Russian Empire Opens

Gallery of the New York School of Interior Design Hosts Two Art Deco-Era Exhibitions

L.A. PAINT Opens at Oakland Museum of California

International Russian Exhibition to Premiere at University of Oklahoma Art Museum

Knoxville Museum of Art Presents American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867 - 1957

Edinburgh College of Art Opens New Print Workshop With Exhibition

The Many Faces of David Diaz at The Joslyn Art Museum

Art.Fair 21 Opens in Cologne

New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters Opens at Japan Society

Act/React: Interactive Installation Art Makes its World Premiere at the Milwaukee Art Museum

October 3, 2008

All the Histories of Art: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibit at Guggenheim in Bilbao

Nude Portait of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Unveiled in Chicago

Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940 Opens

Brooklyn Museum Presents Retrospective of Work By Artists Gilbert & George

Exhibition Celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Dutch Rembrandt Association

Meijer Gardens Opens Largest Exhibition by Jaume Plensa

Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Glass (Renwick)

Demuth Museum to Mount Two-Part David Brumbach Exhibition

VMFA Great Hall Is Reinstalled With Focus On 17th Century Age of Magnificence

First Museum Exhibition for Anthony Lepore at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

John James Audubon: American Artist and Naturalist Opens

Treasures from the Garden of Eden: Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry Opens

Hannah Wilke: Gestures Opens at The Neuberger Museum of Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Displays Zen Paintings and Calligraphies From the Gitter-Yellen Collection

Avocats Sans Frontieres Presents "Room for Justice"

Canada's Only Major Modern and Contemporary International Art Fair Returns to Toronto

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Launches Major Project Researching Provenance

Tony Gill - New Work 2008 Opens at Idea Generation Gallery

George Nakashima's Family Gifts Famed 20th-Century Furniture Designer's Archives

New Museum Announces Stuart Regen Visionaries Fund

October 2, 2008

Joseph Beuys: We are the Revolution Gives Shape to Artist's Large Expanse of Ideas

Princeton University Art Museum Premieres Jasper Johns Exhibition

The Mingei Spirit in Japan From Folk Craft to Design at Musee du Quai Branly

Watercolours from the Stadel Museum Collection on View in Germany

Le Petit Palais in Paris Shows Images and Fashion by Patrick Demarchelier

Zaha Hadid's Portrait in Changing Colors Shown at National Portrait Gallery

Georg Baselitz: Prints 1964 to 1983 to Open at The Alte Pinakothek in Munich

Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art

The 2008 Sovereign European Art Prize Exhibition Opens at the Embankment Galleries

Cartoons & Coronets: The Genius of Osbert Lancaster on View at The Wallace Collection

Serbian-Born Sculptor John David Brcin's Monumental Sculpture Sioux Warrior Realized for Joslyn Art Museum

Le Corbusier - The Art of Architecture Opens at The Crypt in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Aspen Art Museum Presents Artist Lisa Anne Auerbach's Non-Partisan Political Knit Sweater Exhibition

New Art Trust Names John R. Lane as President and CEO

Make me a Home! The Northsore Development Partnership Launches International Architectural Competition

Arts Leaders Converge on Technology in the Arts from October 9-11, 2008

The New York Transit Museum Presents a Screening and Discussion

RIBA to Launch International Chapters

October 1, 2008

100th Anniversary of Gustav Klimt And The Kunstschau 1908 at Belvedere in Vienna

Musee du Quay Branly Opens a Window onto the Different Eskimo and Inuit Cultures

Factura 2008 the Second International Painting Festival of Villefranche de Lonchat Set to Open

Bob Dylan - The Drawn Blank Series Takes to the Road with International Exhibition Tour

Christie's Auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art to Offer Exceptional Works

Five Museums and Five Libraries to Receive Nation's Highest Honor at White House Ceremony

Renzo Piano to Receive the Sonning Prize 2008 at the Ceremonial Hall at University of Copenhagen

Roger M. Buergel Appointed Chief Curator of Miami Art Museum

The Holburne Portrait Prize Finalists on View at Holburne Museum of Art

Casa Asia in Barcelona Presents Rong Rong & inri: The Power of Ruins

Detroit Institute of Arts Opens Jane Hammond Exhibition

Young Belgian Painters Award 2009 Selects Seven Candidates

Huntington Expands Collections Strategically, Acquiring Eight Works of Art

Cue Art Foundation Presents Jim Pirtle Curated by the Art Guys

Planning a City Break? Scrub Up on its Art with Help from The Art Fund

Symposiun: Disruptions: The Political in Art Now

California Sculptor Peter Schifrin Creates Monumental Sculpture for Upstate New York Estate

Fuller Craft Museum to Host Community Day to Ready for the Perfect Fit

September 30, 2008

Still Life Exhibition From the Prado Museum Opens at Caja Inmaculada in Zaragoza

Lynda and Stewart Resnick Donate $55 Million to LACMA

Important November Russian Art Auction Announced at Gene Shapiro Auctions LLC

Christie's to Offer an Exceptional Auction of International Modern and Contemporary Art in Dubai

SBMA Celebrates Decade of Photography Acquisitions

Turn and Widen: 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale

Sotheby's London to Hold Inaugural Sale of Modern and Contemporary Design in October

"Water Planet" Showcases Connection Between Water and Life

Christie's to Offer Fine Chinese Art From the Arthur M. Sackler Collections in March 2009

Danish Filmmaker Jesper Just has U.S. Premiere at Brooklyn Museum

Treasures from the British Museum Going to Royal BC Museum

Miyako Ishiuchi - Photographs 1976 - 2005 at FOAM Fotografiemuseum

Tacoma Art Museum Announces the 9th Northwest Biennial Participants

South Street Seaport Museum Exhibition Explores Roosevelt's Passion for Collecting and the Allure of the Sea

September 29, 2008

Renzo Piano's California Academy of Sciences Opened in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

Group of Leonardo Drawings Shown for the First Time in U.S.

Emil Nolde Exhibition Opens at the Grand Palais in Paris

Artists Included in Turner Prize Shortlist to Show Their Work at Tate Britain

Kunsthaus Zürich Presents Rivoluzione! Italian Modernism from

The Cleveland Museum of Art Announces Three Significant Additions to its Celebrated Collection

Celts and Scandinavians: Artistic Connections From 7th to 12th Century at Musée National du Moyen Age

Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography

Contemporary Arts Center Presents Austrian Painter Maria Lassnig's First Exhibition in the U.S.

The Studio at The Herbert Art Gallery to Show The World of Apu

Arts of the Islamic World: Sotheby's to Sell Rare Treasures

Blanton Museum of Art Presents The New York Graphic Workshop, 1964 - 1970

Oskar Kokoschka Exhibition in Compton Verney

Exhibition on 19th Century American Presidential Campaign Art Opens at Fenimore Art Museum

Four Kings: A Special Installation at the National Portrait Gallery

Williams Family Presents Major Gift of Western American Paintings To the Cincinnati Art Museum

Mark Dion Is the 2008 Winner of Smithsonian American Art Museum's Annual Contemporary Artist Award

International Sxulpture Center Opens 2008 Membership Conference This Week

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Mystery over massive Alexander the Great-era tomb unearthed in northern Greece

2.- An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel

3.- Robin Williams' portrait installed today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

4.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall

5.- New Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art launches 82nd & Fifth app in 12 languages

7.- MoMA online-only publication features new research on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

8.- Volunteers needed for massive Smithsonian digitization project

9.- Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia and Rossetti’s The Beloved

10.- Bogart estate: Hollywood golden age icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89 in New York

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site