Tobi Kahn’s Anointed Time at the Butler Institute of American Art

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk March 19, 2017, 1-3 pm

Exhibition on view from March 19 – May 15, 2017.

524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH.

Anointed Time:  Sculpture and Ceremonial Objects by Tobi Kahn is an exhibition of Kahn’s creative powers, fueled by his understanding of history and the belief systems that comprise it. His embrace of the sacred and the transcendent in his work carefully balances meticulous craftsmanship with his own artistic vision.

Kahn’s ceremonial objects, the remarkable sculptural pieces in this exhibition, embody both realms. They are powerful as formal objects and moving in their symbolic references. Beautifully crafted, these works extend the rich tradition of American sculpture while belonging to the contemporary world of conceptual art. Kahn is clearly a master of technique, but it is his artistic gift that moves us to better understand aspects of our world and our humanity.

This installation includes work from the early 1980s to the present; there is an accompanying catalogue with an essay by James Young. It will be the first time his shrines, sculpture, and ceremonial art will comprise an entire exhibition.