ReTooled

June 2 - August 27, 2017

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These artists offer affectionate, sometimes playful tributes to tools as functional objects.

Wrenches, hammers, and lawnmowers take on a life of their own in this exhibition. ReTooled showcases over 40 works by 28 contemporary artists, including photographers Berenice Abbott and Walker Evans, pop art legends Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg, abstract sculptor Anthony Caro, and cubist-inspired masters Jacob Lawrence and Fernand Léger. Together these artists offer affectionate, sometimes playful tributes to tools as functional objects. ReTooled also celebrates construction workers at their jobs, corner hardware stores, and the formal beauty of tools.

Learn more about the exhibition with our multimedia tour featuring in-depth discussions with experts from both inside and outside the art world.

MULTIMEDIA TAP TOUR

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Gift of John and June Hechinger.

From the Exhibition

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The Long Road to Usefulness

Hugh R. Butt

The Long Road to Usefulness (1989)

Hugh R. Butt

painted steel and hardware

Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

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Wrench

Walker Evans

Wrench (1955)

Walker Evans

gelatin silver print

Photo courtesy of Edward Owens

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Man on a Limb

Stephen Hansen

Man on a Limb (1985)

Stephen Hansen

papier-mâché

Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

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Carpenters

Jacob Lawrence

Carpenters (1977)

Jacob Lawrence

lithograph

Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

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Three Way Plug

Claes Oldenburg

Three Way Plug (1965)

Claes Oldenburg

offset lithograph and airbrush

Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

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Summer Tool

F.L. Wall

Summer Tool (1983)

F.L. Wall

oak

Photo courtesy of Edward Owens

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Paint Can with Brush

Phyllis Yes

Paint Can with Brush (1981)

Phyllis Yes

mixed media with paint

Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

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Rinse Cycle

Roger Shimomura

Rinse Cycle (1988)

Roger Shimomura

acrylic on canvas

Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

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Brush

Lucas Samaras

Brush (1968)

Lucas Samaras

silk screen relief

Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

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Nass Linoleum

Richard Estes

Nass Linoleum (1972)

Richard Estes

screen print

Photo courtesy of Edward Owens

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Art Break: Roy Underhill of PBS' The Woodwright Shop

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Roy Underhill hosts the how-to show The Woodwright’s Shop, a PBS staple for more than 37 years, and formerly served as the director of interpretive development for Colonial Williamsburg. Last week, he gave a talk in and tour of the ReTooled exhibition. Hear it here!

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Soda City Story Slam: Retooled with Worthy Evans

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Worthy Evans tells us why in life we might just need a bigger suit.

Based on the popular podcast The Moth, Story Slam is a forum for sharing and discovery that features local storytellers sharing brief, unscripted autobiographical stories. Audio only. Recorded on June 15, 2017, at the Columbia Museum of Art.

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Soda City Story Slam: Retooled with Adriane McGillis

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Adriane McGillis waxes poetic on sailboats and the labors of love.

Based on the popular podcast The Moth, Story Slam is a forum for sharing and discovery that features local storytellers sharing brief, unscripted autobiographical stories. Audio only. Recorded on June 15, 2017, at the Columbia Museum of Art.

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