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Artist Talk: Nancy Rubins

September 1 | 2:00–3:00



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A photograph of a series of sculpture by artist Nancy Rubins. In this photograph, two sculpture appear to soar through the sky. They are made up of colorful piece of metal that were formerly children's ride equipment on playgrounds. The playground animals are tied together with metal trusses and balanced precariously.

An installation of Nancy Rubins’s Our Friend Fluid Metal in Topanga, California. Photo by Erich Koyama.

Join artist Nancy Rubins and Ann Goldstein, deputy director and Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, as they discuss Our Fluid Metal Friend.

Throughout her career, Nancy Rubins has amassed found everyday objects—mobile trailers, canoes, airplane parts, and playground equipment—into monumental sculptures. Her enormous, powerful assemblages, secured together with thin steel trusses and tension cables, explode into space and appear to defy gravity. In her series Our Friend Fluid Metal, Rubins transforms children’s equipment from playgrounds, amusement parks, and coin-operated rides into dynamic, colorful sculptures that uncannily cantilever and bloom out of the ground. 

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