Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
Many contemporary sculptors emphasize their self-conscious break from the art of the past. In contrast, Michael Dunbar acknowledges roots and continuity with twentieth-century masters. Continuum places the artist’s contemporary Machinist Studies series at the end of a history featuring realist, figurative, cubist, geometric, and kinetic styles as represented by examples from the David Owsley Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The comparison between Dunbar’s sculptures and modern sculpture invites viewers to contemplate the translation and transformation of sources and stylistic elements over time—that is, to consider a continuum of materials, processes, subjects, spatial languages, and content.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.