Alexander Calder’s standing mobile Franji Pani is one in a series of sculptures the artist made in 1955 while staying at the home of Gira Sarabhai in Ahmedabad, India. “I had a work bench in the garden, near where the cattle were tied,” recalled Calder. “In all, I made eleven objects there, either working by myself or working in a blacksmith shop.” Sarabhai had invited Calder and his wife Louisa to visit her family’s home and tour the country in exchange for works of art.
Tune in at 1 pm on Facebook Live to see Alexander S. C. Rower, the president of the Calder Foundation and grandson of the artist, activate Franji Pani at the Whitney as part of Calder: Hypermobility.
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