Art All Around Us
By Maureen Corey, Curator of Art ~
Four of five times a year, the Main Gallery, where we display larger art exhibits, is closed for two weeks while a new exhibit is installed. Although there are often other art exhibits on view in our two smaller galleries, visitors who arrive during these times are sometimes dismayed by the dearth of art. No fear! There is art in every nook and cranny at Loveland Museum. Here’s a quick tour of just some of the art on permanent view, creatively displayed throughout the museum:
Directly in front of the museum, this sculpture has become a symbol of the Museum and works as a contemporary landmark among the historic downtown area. Mangold conceived this series of sculptures around 1989 and showed the first examples in a 1995 exhibition at Loveland Museum. One of the most asked questions at the museum is the meaning of the title. The title is an acronym for Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed.
As a student, Mangold became friends with George Rickey and, like him, became fascinated with the concept of kinetic sculpture. He referred to this series as “implied kinetic” sculptures.
Haddaway works tenaciously to make tangible his “inner landscape” so viewers can join him on this dream-like journey. Based in New Mexico, a generative theme within his work is exposing the private world of self-exploration for mutual gain or simple enjoyment. Driven by this overwhelming artistic desire, Haddaway has said: “Since my earliest days I have been aware of an internal struggle to assert my will and my imagination on the external world.”
Margaret Hayden, Burial at Sea (1999)
Hayden is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wyoming. She works “with image elements from the natural world, focusing on aspects of current environmental change and the resulting impact on habitat and species populations.” The shape of this sculpture echoes the bow of the boat, while a boat is also part of the sculpture. The blue-green ocean, and the bones that cover the top, speak to Hayden’s interest in the environment and how subtle changes in the natural world influence the entire ecosystem.
Look up when you enter the Museum to see this remarkable sculpture. Hoffman was Professor Emeritus at University of Northern Colorado and mentor to many art students there. He was a leader in the arts community and a found-object artist, and used this material to make his sculptures with as little alteration as possible. From the mezzanine level you can get an up-close look at the pieces used such as a bicycle wheel that appears as a halo, metal tubing, and can lids.
The newest addition to the Loveland Museum collection is this mixed-media video installation. Created specifically for our History as Art series of exhibits, this video references the impact of the sugar beet industry on Loveland both socially and economically. Footage includes ads encouraging Mexican laborers to come work in the fields, some images from the museum exhibits, and audio from vintage commercials. This video offers an artistic interpretation of this critical local topic and is a great pairing with the sugar beet exhibit.
Gueswel created this found-object sculpture from “wrecked car parts” as part of a 2005 Loveland Museum exhibit honoring Picasso. He was inspired by Picasso’s Guernica, a painting that documented an attack on a Spanish city by Germany just prior to World War II—an attack that was a testing ground for the capacity of German artillery. Many civilians were killed, often trapped below ground, as is seen in Picasso’s work. Gueswel linked this attack on civilians with a 2004 battle in Fallujah, a city in Iraq, which was criticized for its high level of brutality.