On Friday evening July 20th, eighty HMA members in four shifts were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at HMA's latest exhibit before it opened to the public. From crates on the shipping dock to sculpture inflation, in this exclusive tour of BLOW UP guests learned how the exhibition came to HMA. Clarissa Starnes (Associate Director) and Kristina Anthony (Exhibitions Manager) began the tour by describing the exhibit's background and then walked members through the exhibition's installation process, from loading dock to gallery floor. Jon Carfagno (Executive Director) continued the tour, teaching members about each sculpture’s story and the meaning behind its creation.
In the three days preceding this event, the 600 pounds of inflatables had been unpacked by staff from the surprisingly modest shipping containers, and one by one the artistic creations were inflated and arranged, big and small. Staff then did some last-minute clean-up before the guests arrived.
Since the opening, many visitors have delighted in the exhibit, not least the children. The only hard part for everyone is to remember that they cannot touch all this beckoning wonder.
(Photos by Debbie Arrowood Reed and Karin Borei.)
BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
This exhibition was made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. We are also grateful to our Annual Sponsors.