Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor
May 5 – July 2, 2006
Public Opening:  Friday, May 5, 11am-5pm

2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803
Contact:  Mikhael Mei Williams, Manager of Public Relations and Marketing
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Ruth Duckworth, “Untitled”, 1993, stoneware, large floor sculpture, 51 x 34 x 22 inches.

Long Beach, CA The Long Beach Museum of Art presents Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor, the first U.S. retrospective on this acclaimed ceramic atist, from May 5 through July 2, 2006. Ruth Duckworth, internationally known for her hauntingly poetic sculpture, is among the leading figures in the field of ceramic arts, inspiring generations of artists and designers with the power of her graceful forms. Organized by co-curators Thea Burger and Jo Lauria, Long Beach is the only West Coast presentation of Modernist Sculptor. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Ruth Duckworth, 87, continues to create new and unexpected forms and objects. Modernist Sculptor explores almost 50 years of the artist’s achievements in all media and shows the full range of Duckworth’s remarkably creative life through pieces, many of which have never before been exhibited. Duckworth has worked with a wide range of materials and techniques including porcelain, stoneware, stone carving and bronze casting. This retrospective which showcases over 80 pieces and surveys her richly productive career, demonstrates Duckworth’s deep connections to nature, culture and the human figure, and provides an extraordinary opportunity to explore links between her groundbreaking minimalist sculptures and major currents in 20th century modernism.

The Long Beach Museum of Art will feature a new audio tour program in conjunction with Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor. This inaugural audio tour offers additional commentary on the exhibition by the Museum’s curatorial and education staff and provides a resource to further understand the history and complexity of Duckworth’s extraordinary work.

The Long Beach presentation of Ruth Duckworth: Modernist Sculptor is generously sponsored by R.K. Properties, Barbara Thomas, The Ahmanson Foundation, Carl and Adrienne Short, Richard and Sandra Darling, Suzanne and Dennis Poulsen, Shirlee and Ray Bouch, Anne Newman, Robert and Debbie Autrey, John and Joan Knight, Linda and Bill McCullough, the German Consulate General and an anonymous donor.

About Ruth Duckworth

Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1919, Ruth Duckworth moved with her family to England in 1936 during the rise of Nazi power. There she studied art—at Liverpool School of Art, Hammersmith School of Art and Central School of Arts & Crafts in London—and had her first exhibitions. In 1964 she accepted a one-year teaching appointment to the University of Chicago but continued in this faculty post for 13 years, and has lived since that time in the United States.

Duckworth’s work is represented in the collections of many esteemed international art museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum für Modern Keramik, Dudelsheim, Germany; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She also has received many honors, including a 1993 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts and a 1996 Gold Medal from the National Society of Arts and Letters. The Museum of Arts & Design named her a Visionary! in 2003. Most recently, she was awarded the 2006 Madigan Prize for Best Sculpture for a 15 foot bronze sculpture created for Northeastern Illinois University in 2005.

Join us for these public programs:
Friday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Public Opening

Sunday, May 21, 2 – 4 p.m.
Boeing Classroom
Creativity Lab: Create Clay Murals

Sunday, May 28, 2 p.m.
Museum Galleries
Docent Spotlight Talk: Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor

Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m.
Oceanview Gallery
Curator’s Discussion: Jo Lauria, Co-Curator of Ruth
Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor
, discusses the exhibition.

Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m.
Boeing Classroom
Creativity Lab: Create Clay Sculpture
Boeing Classroom

Sunday, June 25, 2 p.m.
Museum Galleries
Docent Spotlight Talk: “Focus on Ruth Duckworth”

About The Long Beach Museum of Art
Located on a magnificent bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Long Beach Museum of Art features a significant permanent collection, changing exhibitions, artmaking workshops for all ages, an historic mansion and carriage house, expansive galleries and gardens, oceanfront dining at Claire’s at the Museum and a unique Museum Store. The galleries and store are open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Claire’s at the Museum is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, free for Museum members and children under 12, and free for everyone every Friday. For more information, call (562) 439-2119 or visit

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