‘ReTooled’ opens at the Bruce

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“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.

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