Albert Paley | Portals and Gates

Hometown Perry, Iowa will host an exhibition of works by sculptor Albert Paley at Town/Craft, 1122 Willis Avenue, from August 20, 2007 through January 15, 2008.  Hometown Perry’s exhibition is a companion piece to Albert Paley: Portals and Gates, opening August 20, 2007 at the Christian Petersen Art Museum at Morrill Hall on the Iowa State University Campus. Another companion exhibition will be on view at the Brunnier Art Museum in the Scheman Building, part of the University Museums at Iowa State University.  

Over 50 works of art from private and museum collections will be on display.  The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of public, private, and institutional passageways created by Albert Paley.  Focusing on portals and gates, the selection includes drawings, models/maquettes in cardboard, wood and steel, in addition to full-scale gates that are forged and fabricated of steel, copper and bronze. Albert Paley will also install Transformation, an entrance portal to Morrill Hall, to be dedicated September 13.  A new publication on Paley’s work will accompany the exhibition.  

Albert Paley has completed more than 50 works of art for both public institutions and private corporations over his 30-year career as one of the world's foremost sculptors, including the Portal Gates for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany; a monumental sculpture for a Federal Building in Asheville, N.C.; a plaza sculpture for AT&T in Atlanta; as well as a 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb's headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.  Hometown Perry, Iowa commissioned Paley to create portals, titled Reconfiguration, located in Soumas Court on the Hometown Perry campus. Paley is a Distinguished Professor holding an endowed chair at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The exhibition is curated by M. Jessica Rowe, who also authored the companion publication.  The exhibitions are organized by the University Museums, Iowa State University.  The publication and exhibitions are funded by Hometown Perry, Iowa, the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., Ann and Al Jennings, and University Museums and its Membership, Iowa State University.

Educational events related to the exhibit will take place in Ames and Perry.

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