ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

January 9–February 23, 2020

Hans Godo Frabel, Hammers and Nails, 1980, glass.  Photo courtesy of Edward Owens.

This exhibition of thoughtful and whimsical interpretations of tools as objects of beauty, or instruments of satire, features more than 40 imaginative works in sculpture, painting, photography, and works on paper. Berenice Abbott, William Eggleston, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Arman, Richard Estes, Red Grooms, Fernand Léger, and Roger Shimomura are among the 28 artists represented. These creations serve as reminders that tools embody the “can-do” spirit and may be an extension of oneself. The works on view are part of a massive collection originally belonging to hardware-industry pioneer John Hechinger.

This exhibition is made possible through a leadership gift from the Helena Foundation and is generously sponsored by PNC Bank and Anne S. Potter. Additional support is provided by David and Laura Watt, Richard and Carole Falk, and Katie Blyth + Gary Brown + Brogan Brown.

I A and A logo Mitchell Gallery sponsor“ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection” was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Gift of John and June Hechinger.


ReTooled–Tools as Art at the Mitchell Gallery: WBJC’s Judith Krummeck interviews Lucinda Edinberg about the “ReTooled” exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery.

Robert’s Picks: This article in Annapolis Home magazine highlights “ReTooled” as an exhibit definitely worth seeing.

Hechninger’s “ReTooled” Art Exhibit Meets Community Stewardship: This story in the Prince George’s Sentinel describes the exhibit and recalls nostalgia for many local businesses now gone.

Tools of the Trade: This story in the Bay Weekly takes a look at the "ReTooled" exhibition.

Also Featured in the ReTooled Exhibition

Lee A. Schuette, Cross Cut Saw, 1982, wood. Photo courtesy of Edward Owens.
Richard Estes, Nass Linoleum, 1972, screen print. Photo courtesy of Edward Owens.
Mitchell Gallery Retooled Hugh Butt
Hugh R. Butt, The Long Road to Usefulness, 1989, painted steel and hardware. Photo courtesy of Joel Breger.

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