Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle Remastered

October 8–December 31, 2017

Wendell Castle Remastered is the first museum exhibition to showcase the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle, acclaimed figure of the American art furniture movement. A master furniture maker, designer, sculptor, and educator, Castle is now in the sixth decade of a prolific career that began in 1958—one that parallels the emergence and growth of the American studio craft movement. The exhibition is the largest yet of this internationally renowned artist and his groundbreaking achievements.

The exhibition will feature approximately 40 works of art, including several historically important examples that illustrate the innovations of his stack-lamination technique, and a few selections from his mold-form fiberglass experiments. These are the inspiration for the contemporary works that Castle has been creating with his state-of-the-art robot, which utilizes a process similar to his early stack-lamination carving, but with greater precision and complexity. Castle’s current studio practice combines handcraftsmanship—such as carving, rasping, and finishing—with digital technologies, including 3D scanning, 3D modeling, and computer-controlled milling. These new works will be installed in dialogue with the earlier pieces that inspired them.

Both films featured in this exhibition are open-captioned. 

Democrat and Chronicle: MAG exhibit honors Wendell Castle, still inspired after nearly 60 years

  • TALK WITH WENDELL CASTLE: Embracing Upheaval
    Update to Be Announced 
  • ESPECIALLY FOR EDUCATORS: Wendell Castle Remastered
    Wednesday, October 11 | 4:30 to 7 pm
    Registration and prepayment required. To sign up, contact Chelsea Anderson at cander35@mag.rochester.edu or 585.276.8971 | $15.
  • DRAWING: A Wendell Castle Master Class *Rescheduled* Update to Be Announced 
    This master class in creativity allows you to draw, talk with and learn from artist Wendell Castle in his exhibition. Limited enrollment. Call Rachael for more information at 585.276.8956.
    Fee: $125 (MAG members $100)

Wendell Castle Remastered at the Memorial Art Gallery is an adaptation of the exhibition originally presented at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, in 2015.

This exhibition is made possible in Rochester by Presenting Sponsors Constellation Brands and the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, with additional funding provided by Michael Jesselson, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund, and Nocon & Associates, A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Support is also provided by Canandaigua National Bank, the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, the Rubens Family Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Judson, Jr.

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shown: Wendell Castle seated in Long Night, 2011, photo by Adrien Millot.
Courtesy of Friedman Benda Gallery and Wendell Castle.