Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties

Although it has only been around since the late 1980s, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s Spoonbridge and Cherry has quickly become a city landmark. So it’s only appropriate that as the garden approached its 25th anniversary, the celebration included a massive exhibition focusing on one of the artists behind the sculpture: Claes Oldenburg.

Shoestring potatoes spilling
from a bag
, courtesy of walker
Art center, © claes oldenburg
 

Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties is the largest to date of the artist’s early work, being composed of close to 300 pieces gathered from collections around the world, including two of the Walker Art Center’s own, Upside Down City and Shoestring Potatoes Spilling From a Bag. The exhibit is made up of galleries, sketches, snapshots, home movies and slide projections, including a graffiti-inspired installation centered on the underbelly of urban life, sculptures of food and everyday goods, film footage from Happenings, which combined performance with sculptural objects, costumes and props, and large-scale domestic objects sculpted in “soft” and “hard” versions. Plus, there’s a rare presentation of Mouse Museum and Rare Gun Wing, walk-in structures containing objects collected by the artist that demonstrate consumer culture, and, of course, a section dedicated to Oldenburg and Coose van Bruggen’s famous sculpture.

The exhibit, which opened in late September, comes to a close on January 12, so make sure to get out to see it before it’s gone.