‘ReTooled’ opens at the Bruce
“ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection” will open at the Bruce Museum on Saturday and run through Dec. 30. In the exhibit, groundbreaking 20thcentury artists illuminate the overlooked subject of tools with pun, wit and wonder. Featuring more than 40 imaginative paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs, the exhibition brings life to the unexpected subject of tools by profiling 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection, including Red Grooms, Walker Evans, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg. It consists of four sections that dynamically frame the themes of this collection into accessible categories: Objects of Beauty; Material Illusions; Instruments of Satire; and Tools: An Extension of Self. Some of the artists represent tools with reverence to accentuate their purity of design. Others transform and distort tools to highlight their tragic obsolescence in a technological age. But all of the works remind us that tools embody the can-do spirit that defines America and the quest to improve our quality of life. “ReTooled” was organized by International Arts & Artists of Washington, D.C., and is a gift of John and June Hechinger. The exhibit features the work of groundbreaking 20thcentury artists who illuminate the overlooked subject of tools with pun, wit and wonder.