Robert Laurent and American Figurative Sculpture 1910–1960
October 4–December 11, 1994
Selections from the John N. Stern Collection and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art
Drawn from the extensive sculpture collections of the Smart Museum and University alumnus and Chicago collector John N. Stern, Robert Laurent and American Figurative Sculpture opened the Museum's twentieth-anniversary season.
With fifty sculptures and drawings by Laurent and his American contemporaries (including Emil Armin, Alfonso Iannelli, Gaston Lachaise, John Storrs, and William Zorach) the exhibition traced the complex trajectory of realist American sculpture from idealized classical forms to early modernism and again to a stylization associated with Art Deco.