ORLANDO, FL.- The Orlando Museum of Art
has expanded its permanent collection with dynamic sculptures donated by renowned artist Barbara Sorensen and her husband. The sculptures included in the donation are nine pieces from the Dwellings Series, which are currently on display at the museum's entrance.
"We are pleased to add these incredible sculptures to OMA's permanent collection of contemporary art, " said Hansen Mulford, curator of the OMA. "The collection depends on the generosity of donors like the Sorensen family to grow as a resource for the community."
Beginning January 7, 2012, visitors will have the opportunity to view Barbara Sorensen: Topographies, as part of the museum's Made in Florida series. Made In Florida will showcase the exemplary work and influence of Florida artists throughout the 2012 season. Renowned for her ability to capture the unique form, surface and texture of the Earth through sculpture, Topographies will feature installations from the last 20 years of Sorensen's work and take viewers on a topographical expedition of the world's most rugged and remote settings. New pieces will be on view for the first time as well. Topographies will remain on display through April 1, 2012.
Topographies will be a multi-sensory experience for viewers, including audio-visual collaborations with composer Stella Sung and videographer David Hiser. Sorensen also worked with the Orlando Ballet Company to present a performance of Art and Dance: A Pas de Deux choreographed by Eric Yow. Accompanying the exhibition is a comprehensive catalogue with essays from art critics Eleanor Heartney and Barabara Bloemink.
Sorensen's work has been displayed and collected by numerous museums, corporations and the private sector including: The White House Collection in Washington D.C., Neiman Marcus Corporation, SunTrust Bank, Darden Restaurants, Everson Museum of Fine Arts, Mennello Museum of American Art, Cornell Museum of Fine Art, University of Central Florida and American Museum of Ceramic Art.