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"Joel Shapiro on the Roof
2001-05-01 until 2001-10-01
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature a selection of five sculptures by
renowned American artist Joel Shapiro (born 1941) in the 2001
installation of The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, opening May 1.
Drawn from public and private collections, Joel Shapiro on the Roof
will include five large cast bronze and painted cast aluminum sculptures,
dating from 1989 to the present – three have not been previously exhibited
in New York, and two have been newly created. The works will be exhibited in
the 10,000-square-foot open-air space that offers spectacular views of
Central Park and the New York City skyline. The installation will mark the
fourth consecutive single-artist installation on the Roof Garden.
The installation is made possible by the Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable
Born and raised in New York City, Shapiro earned his bachelor’s and
master’s degrees, the latter in art, from New York University. From 1965 to
1967, he worked in southern India as a Peace Corps volunteer. Since his
first one-person exhibition at a New York gallery in 1970, he has held more
than 125 solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and public gardens in the
United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. He has also been
commissioned to make publicly sited sculpture for the permanent collections
of numerous institutions, including the United States Memorial Holocaust
Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Cologne Sculpture Park in Cologne,
Germany; and the city of Orléans, France. Shapiro lives and works in New
York City and the Adirondacks. He has one daughter, Ivy, and is married to the
painter Ellen Phelan.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a brochure and related educational
Joel Shapiro on the Roof is coordinated by Nan Rosenthal, Consultant in the
Department of Modern Art, and Anne L. Strauss, Assistant Curator, also in the
Department of Modern Art.