Twomey

Forever Continues

Thank you for your interest in Clare Twomey Forever. Thirty labels have been selected from hundreds of online submissions, and the new Owners have been notified. Here are two selected by the Museum director and the Artist.

Label Selected by Julián Zugazagoitia

Clare Twomey
British, born 1968
Hartley Greens &. Co. Leeds Pottery, manufacturer
England, est. 1770
Cup from Forever, 2010
Glazed earthenware

Clare Twomey and this Cup, from the exhibition Forever, led to my rediscovery of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It had been several years since I had made a visit and Forever called me to return each week. This Cup is a reflection of my dedication of support to our museum and to the ideas of permanence, responsibility, memory, desirability and value as they relate to art and its preservation in our beautiful city. The Cup is displayed here in my home, enclosed in this dedicated cabinet shelf, as a daily reminder of my pledge from 2010, Forever.

Courtesy of Dana Surber

 

Label Selected by Clare Twomey

Clare Twomey
British, born 1968
Hartley Greens &. Co. Leeds Pottery, manufacturer
England, est. 1770
Cup from Forever, 2010
Glazed earthenware

Not Forever. For a while. In an attempt to endow a set of identical objects with singularity, value and permanence, Clare Twomey created an installation, Forever, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Inspired by an 18th century stoneware cup in the museum’s Burnap Collection of ceramics, Twomey designed a model that was reproduced 1,345 times. This is one of those cups. Individual cups were distributed by random draw to museum patrons who pledged to retain the object in trust forever and treat it as work of art. The title for this cup gently disputes the impossible promise of "forever." Material goods such as ceramics can endure, but human frailty and mortality put a bound on the commitments of individual lives. "For a while" is all we can promise.

Courtesy of David Ekerdt







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