Thinking Outside the Box: Louise Nevelson at Kykuit

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  • Nevelson's 'Atmosphere and Environment VI', a large, metal sculpture of abstract shapes and cubes, painted black with a light dusting of snow, sited outside.
    Louise Nevelson (American, 1889-1988), Atmosphere and Environment VI, 1967
    Kykuit, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest. (Photo by Arnaldo Ugarte)
  • Nevelson's 'Atmosphere and Environment VI', a large, metal sculpture of abstract shapes and cubes, painted black, sited outside in front of a green hedge.
    Louise Nevelson (American, 1889-1988), Atmosphere and Environment VI, 1967
    Kykuit, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest. (Photo by Andy Romer)

Art historian Deborah A. Goldberg, Ph.D., explores Louise Nevelson's monumental metal sculpture Atmosphere and Environment VI in relation to the artist's earlier assemblages in wood, her contemporary sculpture in plexiglass, and work by her peers. Dr. Goldberg also investigates its placement on the grounds of Kykuit by Nelson Rockefeller.

In a companion video, Dr. Goldberg and Arnaldo Ugarte, sculpture conservation technician at The Pocantico Center, discuss the conservation of Nevelson's work at the estate.