Insider / Outsider World Inspired Art
Hahn Family Foyer, Cornell Rotunda, Pardee Grand Plaza Gallery, Plaza and Theater Galleries.
Sponsored by Audrey Geisel. The exhibition was funded in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.
The exhibition featured the fantastic imagery and monumental figures of this internationally renowned, self-taught sculptor. It included nearly 100 sculptures, paintings, reliefs, graphic works and maquettes created during the previous 15 years. The exhibition was considered the most extensive representation of Saint Phalle’s art seen in the United States.
The exhibition extended outside the Museum with eight monumental animals designed, in collaboration with Swiss architect Mario Botta, for a Noah’s Ark Park in Jerusalem. Inside the Museum, GUARDIAN ANGEL, a nineteen-foot-high figure hung in the Museum’s rotunda. POET AND MUSE, a monumental sculpture that stood outdoors at the Museum’s entrance, became part of the Museum’s collection in December 1999, a gift of Frances and Harvey White.
The Mingei International documentary publication, NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE: Insider / Outsider World Inspired Art was made possible by revolving publication funds of Seymour E. Clonick and Sydney Martin Roth. An educational brochure was sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric. The video “NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE” – Reflections on Her Art, produced by UCSD-TV in conjunction with the Stuart Collection, played during the run of the exhibition.
Curator: Janice Parente