Ascensione - Beverly Pepper

Group 4

Ascensione - Beverly Pepper

Athens, Georgia 30605, United States

Created By: UGA Introduction to Museum Studies


Beverly Pepper (b. 1922 in NYC; d. 2020 in Todi, Italy)

Ascensione, 2008 (Cor-Ten Steel, 157 1/2 × 160 1/4 × 74 3/4 inches; 900 pounds)

Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Museum purchase with funds provided by Don and Susan Myers and the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation

GMOA 2010.292

A notable detail in Pepper’s art is her use of sculpture that molds into the existing landscape. Pepper’s work is eye-catching, but never out-of-place. It remains complementary—rather than disruptive—to its environment. Pepper also has a longing for fixity. Speaking to the LA Times in 1976, she said, “I am committed to permanence in my work as part of defying the violent world of alienation and threat.” Pepper’s yearning is reflected through her use of non-perishable metals and art that emerges from the natural landscape. These lasting items and organic formations highlight Pepper’s intentions as a sculptor and cement the longevity of her work.

Watch the video from the Meijer Gardens above to learn more about Pepper's life.

Activity: This activity aims to familiarize you with Beverly Pepper’s sculpting style. This |link| will direct you to a flashcard activity on Quizlet. Based on what you now know about the sculptor’s style, can you distinguish between what is and what is not a Beverly Pepper sculpture? There are six sets of images and twelve flash-cards total. You'll first be shown a number; tap the card to see the image. Carefully survey the image for details unique to Pepper’s style. To see the correct artist, swipe to the next card. Good luck!

This point of interest is part of the tour: Group 4


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