However you cut it, Alexander Calder and his works are true awesomeness. Though he is recognized as the inventor of the mobile (as in, twirling suspended attention-getters), Calder's done more than just kinetic work, as his massive sculptures have graced the world over, including iconic pieces such as "Flamingo" in Chicago, "Man" in Montreal and "Bent Propeller," which once stood in front of the World Trade Center. A modernist through and through, it's fitting that the Nasher Sculpture Center's current exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy features not only Calder's work but also work by those he's influenced over the years. In addition to over 30 sculptures from various points in Calder's career, this exhibit also features the works of seven contemporary artists who carry on in Calder's footsteps: Martin Boyce, Nathan Carter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows and Jason Middlebrook. Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy runs through March 6, 2011, at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. The Nasher is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Mondays. Admission is free for members and children 12 and under, and $5 to $10 for non-members. Call 214-242-5100 or visit nashersculpturecenter.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Dec. 11. Continues through March 6, 2010