"Peacock" is a kinetic sculpture by Harry Bertoia. Unlike more classical works in the Sunnylands Collection, such as Rodin's "Eve," "Peacock" is often in motion, its hundreds of wire fronds waving in the breeze.
The Annenbergs acquired this sculpture in 1967 from the University of Pennsylvania. Writing to the school's dean of fine arts, Ambassador Annenberg expressed his pleasure at securing "this unique work, which both my wife and I are happy to have acquired."
Participants at a three-day meeting on Art & Social Change, held at Sunnylands in May 2013, brought together artists and arts advocates involved with socially-engaged art to discuss their practices and the changing landscape of the art world. Here they share their thoughts on the Sunnylands process that led to a group statement crafted as an “invitation to see the role of art and culture anew."
If you tour the main house at Sunnylands, you can't miss Auguste Rodin's sculpture of Eve in the center of the atrium. But in a sun-drenched corner of Sunnylands Center, visitors can find his famous piece "Eternal Spring," Sunnylands Director of Collections & Exhibitions Anne Rowe tells us more about the father of modern sculpture, and what makes this particular piece so important.
Sunnylands's Director of Collections & Exhibitions Anne Rowe takes a tour of the original sculpture on exhibition at Sunnylands Center. In this video, she explores Alberto Giacometti's 1958 bronze "Bust of Diego on Stele II," a portrait of Giacometti's brother Diego, who the sculptor was "obsessed" with.