At The Calder Question participants can now access orientation materials and start exploring “Mobiles,” the first season of a multi-part educational journey that will highlight Calder’s mastery of sculptural art forms. There is no cost to join the experience, but each user must connect a crypto wallet in order to move through the three-week educational journey, where they will participate in challenges and collaborative activities and unlock rewards. At the conclusion of the 3-week journey, participants will also have the opportunity to acquire limited-edition NFTs developed by the Calder Foundation specifically for the experience.
The most engaged participants in The Calder Question will earn exclusive access to the Calder Foundation in the form of collectible items and invitations to in-person art gatherings. Free achievement tokens can be claimed at specific points along the educational journey and accumulated in each participant’s personal account. The Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and interpreting Calder’s art and archives – will use proceeds from sales of the limited-edition NFTs to establish a conservation fund for the restoration of Calder artworks.
About Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder (b. 1898, Lawnton, Pennsylvania–d. 1976, New York City), whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began in the 1920s by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially “drew” three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. From the 1950s onward, Calder increasingly devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted steel plate. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.
About Calder Foundation
The Calder Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1987 by Alexander S. C. Rower and the Calder family, is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and interpreting the art and archives of Alexander Calder. The Foundation’s objectives include furthering public knowledge and appreciation for the arts; conducting research in art history and related subjects and presenting those results to the general public; providing facilities and programs to assist the education and development of artists; and preserving Calder’s artistic legacy for scholarship, including the physical preservation of his works, archives, homes, and studios. Additionally, the Calder Foundation is dedicated to conserving natural resources and education in agriculture and sustainable environmental practices. The Foundation’s projects include collaborating on exhibitions and publications, organizing and maintaining the Calder archives, examining works attributed to Calder, and cataloguing the artist’s works. The Foundation also organizes its own exhibitions, lectures, performances, and events on Calder and on contemporary artists supported by the biennial Calder Prize and the Atelier Calder residency program in Saché, France.