Event Concluded May 16, 2023
For more than four decades, Bryan Hunt has used sculpture to explore natural phenomena—water, lakes, quarries, flumes and waterfalls—as well as direct but abstracted references to the figure and to aviation and space exploration. His work can be found in over 45 museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and here at Fallingwater. Hunt’s first commissioned sculpture was in 1979 when Edgar Kaufmann jr. asked him to create a sculpture for the grounds. Installed alongside the Fallingwater bridge, this waterfall sculpture entitled “Bear Run I” welcomes guests as the first work of fine art encountered on a visit to the house. For this conversation, Hunt will discuss his successful career and recount his experiences with Edgar Kaufmann jr. and the Fallingwater commission.
Born in Terre Haute, IN, Bryan Hunt received his BFA at the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles and completed an independent study program through the Whitney Museum of American Art. Awards include a Grand Prize for the International Arts Festival in Seoul, South Korea, in 1991; the Design in Excellence Award from the Mayor of New York City in 2006; and the Fine Art Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 2007. Hunt lives and works in Wainscott, New York, and maintains a studio in New York City.