Calatrava, his wife, Tina, and son, Michael, joined other Meadows Museum guests for a preview of its latest special exhibition, Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion.
“One of the enormous qualities of America is the way it welcomes people,” Calatrava told more than 800 guests at the preview. “You have welcomed us with your will and your heart. I know so many people in this community, but my mother, my alma mater, it’s this university.” Calatrava received a Doctor of Arts honoris causa from SMU in 2005.
The Meadows Museum is home to Wave, the first large-scale Calatrava sculpture to be permanently installed in the United States. The special exhibition includes Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches for the 40-by-90-foot perpetually moving sculpture installed in 2002 on the Museum’s street-level plaza. It also includes correspondence, mementoes and photographs of the sculpture’s installation and dedication. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2012.
“Over the past decade, Calatrava and SMU have built a deep relationship,” says Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán. “It is now our great pleasure to extend this relationship to the people of Dallas as we join them in celebrating the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Our exhibition will offer visitors a unique view of the artist behind the bridge and illustrate the many ties that bind him to SMU.”
Meadows Museum is the only Dallas-Fort Worth museum that includes Calatrava works in its permanent collection. The Meadows collection includes the Calatrava sculptures Palme and Il Dente, which are also part of the exhibition.
The University’s many roles in the weekend of festivities surrounding the bridge opening are captured in a new SMU News video by Eva Parks. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or click here to open the “SMU and Santiago Calatrava” video in a new window.
Written by Nancy George