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David Bakalar Exhibit to Open at AAAS;
Exterior Sculpture Donated by Artist
Washington, D.C. —November 1, 2000 — A major exhibition of Dr. David Bakalar, a physicist and artist, will open November 6 in the AAAS first floor Atrium and Gallery, the first such exhibition in the mid-Atlantic region. The Bakalar exhibit, entitled “Figures in Motion”, will run through February 28, 2001, and is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays.
Bakalar uses traditional materials in his sculptures, including marble, granite, bronze and steel, as well as newer materials such as anodized aluminum and stainless steel. According to exhibit Curator Shirley Koller, the exhibit “projects energy, strength, rhythm and movement. Bakalar’s abstract geometric paintings show the influence of constructivism, relating to the Russian movement heralded by classical constructivists such as Gabo, Pevsner, and Malevich. The concepts…are complex: the three-dimensional sculpture in the geometry of the design; the two-dimensional paintings in the use of color contrasts and geometric relationships.”
Baklar also has donated to AAAS a granite and gold sculpture, entitled “Renaissance”, which has been installed at the 12th and H Street entrance to the AAAS Center for Science and Engineering, where it will be on permanent display for public viewing. Exterior installations of other Bakalar sculptures can be seen at M.I.T., Harvard, Brandeis, Columbia Law School and other universities, as well as at the Marine Biology Laboratories at Woods Hole, the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, and the Nike Corporate Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
A graduate of Harvard and M.I.T., Bakalar founded and led for 30 years the Transitron Electronic Corporation, a high technology company specializing in transistor design and manufacturing. During this period, he became a lover and collector of art, especially sculpture. With encouragement from the late sculptor George Segal, Bakalar began creating his own sculpture, which reflects his love of science and art.
Editor’s note: A photograph of the Bakalar sculpture recently installed at AAAS and photos of pieces from the exhibition are available in jpg format. For more information, please call Cate Alexander at 202-326-6431.