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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own Viewing

June 18, 2020 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own Viewing | Thurs, June 18, 2020 | Link to View the Film 12:00 am – 11:59 pm EDT

Non-Members: $12 Click Here
Members: Free – To RSVP email Katie Sorenson, Community Engagement Manager at [email protected]

*Once you have purchased/RSVP’d, you will receive the link one day before the viewing room opens. You can view the documentary at any time during the 24 hours that the viewing room is open. Once this window has passed; the film will no longer be available to view. Please note that this screening offers closed captioning.

Von Rydingsvard in her Williamsburg studio on South 5th Street, surrounded by the cedar cast of katul katul, 2002.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But she may be best-known for work in Public spaces – imposing pieces painstakingly crafted with complex surfaces.

Von Rydingsvard and assistants preparing to work on Ene Due Rabe, San Francisco, 1990.

Von Rydingsvard working on the patina of Uroda, a monumental copper sculpture commissioned by Princeton University, 2015.







In this documentary, we go behind the scenes with von Rydingsvard, as she and her collaborators – cutters, metalsmiths, and others – produce new work, including challenging commissions in copper and bronze. But the film also delves into the artist’s personal life, and how it has shaped her work. Born in Poland during the Second World War, she was partly raised in a displaced persons camp and came to the US as a refugee with her nine-person family. Her younger brother shares memories of being raised by their violent, domineering father – a man whose influence von Rydingsvard continues to feel. Brought up in a blue-collar environment, she became a teacher and then, as a single mother, moved to New York in the 1970s to take up her artistic practice full-time.

In conversations with curators, patrons, family, and fellow artists, we come to know von Rydingsvard as a driven but compassionate sculptor with a deep commitment to her art and the world around her.

Please also join us for the Into Her Own Panel Discussion on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:30 with artists Ursula von Rydingsvard and Vivian Chiu and Daniel Traub, the director of the film Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own moderated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director of the Center for Art in Wood. We’ll learn more about the monumental sculptures von Rydingsvard creates and the making of the film. Click here to RSVP for this free event.

Image above: Ursula von Rydingsvard, Ona, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, 2013.


June 18, 2020
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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