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The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery presents: Life's Joys - Life's Disappointments
New Commemorative Sculpture: Michael Grothusen

November 12, 2007

 The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, in the Westphal College at Drexel University, is proud to announce its upcoming fall exhibit, Life’s Joys–Life’s Disappointments, by Philadelphia artist Michael Grothusen.
In Life’s Joys – Life’s Disappointments, Grothusen continues to work on an architectural scale, creating two steel sculptures that are reminiscent of a funeral urn, trophy, or similar commemorative object. The traditional notion of a sculpture as a commemorative object is a distinct focus in this work, however, the exact event the sculpture is commemorating is unspecified and open to interpretation. As the title of the exhibit suggests, the viewer is asked to define the meaning of the work as a monument for his or her own successes and failures.
Since receiving his MFA in 1991 from Tyler School of Art, Grothusen’s sculpture and installations have been exhibited extensively throughout the region. The artist is well-known for his inventive use of common materials on an architectural scale.
A tri-fold exhibition card with photographs of the exhibit and an essay by curator Leah Douglas will be available at the reception.

  • Location: Ruth Auditorium, 3215 Market Street, 125 Nesbitt Hall
  • Exhibition Dates: November 5 - December 12, 2007
  • Reception: November 14th, 6-8PM
  • Artist Talk: November 14th, 5PM, Ruth Auditorium (adjacent to the gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11-5PM (Closed for Thanksgiving, November 21-23)