Internationally renowned artist Deborah Butterfield will provide an artist talk on April 22, giving the second occurrence of the annual Stephen Fleischman Lectureship series. Butterfield is an important American sculptor who rose to prominence in the 1970s. For three decades, the single subject of Butterfield's art has been the horse. Over the years, she has created a deeply moving series of variations, in style and materials, on this motif. Initially realistic in style, her horses were created with plaster over a steel armature. By the mid-1970s she moved toward natural materials, particularly utilizing mud, clay, and sticks. In later work, Butterfield adopted junk metal and industrial materials such as barbed wire, pipes, and fencing. Most recently, since the late 1990s, she has cast her horses in bronze from models of wood and organic materials.
Butterfield’s talk is held in conjunction with the reinstallation of her locally-beloved sculptures, Dapple Gray 1980 and Untitled 1983, in the MMoCA lobby. The Stephen Fleischman Lectureship is held annually in April and features individuals who have made exceptional contributions to art and culture. Created in 2015 to mark Fleischman’s 25th anniversary as director of MMoCA, the lectures are free to all. For more information, visit mmoca.org.