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. Additional support is provided by Richard and Carole Falk, David and Laura Watt.

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Gift of John and June Hechinger.

Also Featured in the ReTooled Exhibition

Lee A. Schuette, Cross Cut Saw, 1982, wood. Photo courtesy of Edward Owens.
Jacob Lawrence, Carpenters, 1977, lithograph. Photo courtesy of Joel Breger.
Fernand Léger, Les Constructeurs, 1951, lithograph. Photo courtesy of Joel Breger.