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Celle Theater Space: Homage to Pietro Porcinai
1992 - cast iron, tufa stone, earth

The artist took advantage of a pre-existing slope located between the lake and the Tea House to create a sculpture that acts as both an independent work of art and a functioning theater. In the summertime, music, dance and other contemporary performances are held here.
Pepper created two pyramidal forms with vertical walls that are faced with cast-iron panels in relief and sloping tops that are planted with grass. At the top of the hill two "precursor columns" in cast-iron rise like sentinels, outlining the negative space of a tuning fork. Between the walls and the columns lie the tufa stone stage and the seating area, where the steps, defined by tufa and planted with grass, provide places for about three hundred spectators.

Beverly Pepper

Born in New York in 1924, Beverly Pepper lives and works in Todi (Perugia), the town that awarded her honorary citizenship in 2009.
Among her most recent one-woman shows we recall here the ones held at M.I.T., Cambridge Massachussetts (1989); Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe & Dallas (1989); Contemporary Sculture Center, Tokyo (1990), Metropolitan Museum, New York (1990); Castello di Narni (1991); Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York (1993,1995); Forte Belvedere, Florence (1998 - at the same time she held the show "Spazio teatro Celle in Context: Unrealized Projects" at the Cascina Terrarossa, Fattoria di Celle); Marlborough Gallery, New York (1999, 2001, 2003); Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey (1999); Galerie Piece Unique, Paris (2000, 2002,2004); Casal Solleric, Maiorca (2004); SACI, Florence (2005); Graduate Center Gallery, City University of New York (2007).

Her outdoor site-specific works are many and include: Amphisculpture, Bedminster, New Jersey (1974-1976); Thel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (1975-1977); Sol i Ombra Park, Barcelona (1986); Cromech Glen, Laumeier Sculture Park, St. Louis (1982-1985); Bedford Project at Ardenwood, Fremont, California (1988-1992); Celle Theatre Space, Fattoria di Celle, Pistoia (1989-1990); Europos parkas, Vilnius (2003-2005); Minneapolis Public Library (2003-2006); Waccabuc (Amphitheater), New York (2006-2009); Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids (2009). Other sculptures can be found at: Empire State Plaza Art Collection, Albany NY; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY.

For further information: www.beverlypepper.org

Events

Daniele Lombardi: L'ora alata
27.06.1992

Spazio Teatro Celle; A commissioned performance is held to mark the tenth anniversary of the site specific art collection, the inauguration of Beverly Pepper's "amphisculpture" titled Spazio Teatro Celle: Filiate Walls, Precursor Columns (Homage to Pietro Porcinai). The recital L'ora alata. Wandererphantasie was written expressly by Maestro Daniele Lombardi from fragments of Ovid's Metamorphoses and excerpts from Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Sung by: Gabriella Bartolomei, choreographies chosen by Antonella Agata, set and costumes by Beverly Pepper.

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