Springfield Museums to display sculptures by Don Gummer

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An exhibit at the Springfield Museums will include three-dimensional sculptures by artist Don Gummer.

The large sculptures will be on display temporarily at the newly renovated Pynchon Plaza before they are moved to the grounds of the Springfield Museums for public display from May 1 through September 12. The artwork will be displayed inside and outside of the Springfield Museums that show the work of New York City-based artist Don Gummer between 1977 and 2021.

“His work is very, very beautiful and well-executed, and it will be a great compliment for Pynchon Plaza,” said Kay Simpson, President of the Springfield Museum.

Pynchon Plaza Installation

“Simultaneously formal and lyrical, constructed and poetic, Don Gummer’s three-dimensional works explore ideas about balance, stability, energy, and space,” said Maggie North, Curator of Art at the Springfield Museums. “His large-scale sculptures are extremely dynamic, some even seem to reach, swirl, or expand upward towards the sky.”

“We look forward to our visitors engaging with Don Gummer’s work, both outside and inside,” said Heather Haskell, Vice President and Director of the Art Museums. “We hope this monumental art will inspire others to express their creativity in three dimensions.”

Gummer’s sculptures are inspired by role models such as Donatello, Pablo Picasso and Donald Judd. His works are often the final result of sketches, scale models, and much experimentation. “You have to start from zero and begin, just start by starting,” the artist explains.

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