July 23, 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Barney Bright who was one of the more active and respected artists to live and work in the southern Indiana-Metro Louisville area. Join us on Tuesday, July 18 from 12:00 to 1:00 at the Carnegie Center as we remember his rich legacy. Presenting will be Al Gorman, the Carnegie Center’s Coordinator of Public Programs and Engagement. In 1997, Gorman curated Bright’s retrospective and wrote the only catalog on the late sculptor for the old Louisville Visual Art Association at the historic Water Tower.
After two decades, Barney Bright’s artistic presence remains a strong one on both sides of the Ohio River. Bright is remembered for the quality of his mostly figurative art, his many public art contributions to our urban landscape, his generosity in mentoring young artists who would go on to become sculptors in their own right, and for establishing the former Bright Foundry which became a regional center for bronze casting. Among the local artists who received their artistic start in Bright’s studio include the late Paul Fields, Ed Hamilton, David Linn, and Raymond Graf.
In New Albany, we have two important sculptures in the public domain by Bright including his masterpiece entitled, “The Search” which was created to celebrate the centennial of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library and is located in front of that library on Spring Street. The other sculpture of note is entitled, “Landscape” and was originally displayed in the lobby of a former Louisville bank. “Landscape” is a bronze nude and the first to be displayed in a public setting in Louisville. After being off view for many years, “Landscape” reappeared as a permanent addition to New Albany’s Bicentennial Park, which is also located on Spring Street in the city’s downtown.
Presenting this installment of our Lunch and Learn program is Al Gorman who has worked at the Carnegie Center for Art and History the past two and half years. Gorman has extensive experience working with and writing about many of our area’s artists and is an exhibiting artist in his own right as well.
Lunch and Learn is a free to the public program, however, registration is required to reserve a seat. If you would like to attend, please email Delesha Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Carnegie Center at (812) 944-7336. Come early, bring a lunch, and the Carnegie Center will supply drinks. The presentation will be in the Jane Barth Anderson Meeting Room located on the Carnegie Center’s lower level.