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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection
January 9–February 23, 2020
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.
“ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection” was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Gift of John and June Hechinger.
IN THE NEWS
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
Programs and Events
Join Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg for a tour of the exhibition.
Hear Hechinger Collection artist/sculptor Mark Blumenstein speak about his kinetic and free-standing sculptures created from recycled farm machinery, tools, and other metals. Free. Immediately followed by Mitchell Gallery Members Libations and Conversations. Snow Date: February 2. Registration required. Register online for the Mark Blumenstein lecture.
With the guidance of wood and metal craftsman Shannon McDowell, participants will create an exhibition-inspired utilitarian sculpture from cast-off tools, metal scraps, and other found objects. No experience required. Materials supplied. $15 Members. $25 Non-members. Registration required. This event is FULL.
Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour followed by a discussion of Bill Bryson’s At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Introduction, Chapter 1 [The Year], Chapter IV [Kitchen], Chapter XV [Bedroom], and Chapter XVI [Bathroom]), led by woodworker Dr. Richard Falk. Free. Registration required. This event is FULL.
Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition.