Arts and Theatre

Smithsonian Exhibit Highlights Body Casting

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a new exhibit, which runs through Feb. 19, 2017 called “Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers’ ‘Greek Slave.'”

The exhibit reveals the inner workings of the studio of an artist and innovator who eagerly adapted long-standing traditions to new technologies of his age. Finished and unfinished artworks and a selection of tools reveal Powers’ creative process and ingenious experiments, including the practice of body casting. The installation is composed of 15 sculptures, plaster molds, casts and tools selected from an extensive collection acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum directly from Powers’ studio in Florence, Italy, in 1968, as well as a several archival images and a daguerreotype of the “Greek Slave.” The exhibition is organized by Karen Lemmey, sculpture curator.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Eighth and F streets N.W

Admission is free.

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