A Daughter Carries on her Father’s Legacy: Harry Bertoia, Sculptor by Celia Bertoia
- Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:30pm
- Cheever Hall, 215 - view map
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), designer and metal worker, left an enormous legacy of sculptures, furniture, drawings, and jewelry. Bertoia designed modern chairs for Knoll, crafted over 50 public sculptures, etched hundreds of monotypes and welded thousands of abstract art pieces. Bertoia pushed the wave of modern art into an expansive period of exploration of not only visual but auditory and tactile art. This artist took what he infused from Nature’s beauty and transformed it into uplifting experiential pieces. Bertoia was best known for his sounding sculptures or Sonambient, and we will hear a sampling of these amazing elegant pieces. Hear his youngest daughter, Celia Bertoia, a resident of Bozeman, describe his life and work. A 16-minute film in the Sonambient Barn will round out the presentation. A reception will be held in the Dean's Gallery follow
The youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia, Celia Bertoia steered non-profits in Colorado, was a real estate broker in Boulder for a decade, and later managed a race-timing company in Bozeman, Montana. She is a credentialed Fine Art Appraiser as well as a published author of The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia: the Man, the Artist, the Visionary (2015).
Celia is currently working on the Catalogue Raisonné of Bertoia’s works, as well as providing authentications, relocating warehoused sculptures and facilitating exhibitions. Celia is the President of the Harry Bertoia Foundation and her passion is to further the legacy of her father.
The President's Fine Arts Series is brought to you by the Montana State University Office of the President, the College of Arts & Architecture and the School of Architecture. This year's series Legacy + Art: Celebrating 125 Years of Creativity honors Montana State University's 125 Anniversary and will take place during the month of March.
- School of Architecture