Usdan Sculpture Tour
Have you noticed the many and varied sculptures on Usdan's campus? The Center owns many works of art, some in the Hexter Museum and others in the Goetz Gallery. Within this collection are six outdoor sculptures created by distinguished artists. The first is seen as you walk up the steps to Usdan's Administration Building. It is Moon Chiffon, a bronze by Sir Anthony Caro, a world famous contemporary artist. The sculpture can be viewed at Usdan, or on the artist's website at this link: www.anthonycaro.org.
Outside the Junior Chorus studio one finds a sculpture titled Dandelion by Lexey Lee Russell. This whimsical flower, created in metal and painted an appropriate yellow, was acquired in 1980 through a donation of Warren and Judy Tenney.
Two sculptures reside in the Theater Arts complex. The first, Bethlehem Rogue, is a massive steel sculpture created by Anthony Cafritz. It is constructed entirely of steel reclaimed from train tracks of the Bethlehem Railroad. It is located on the east side of the Lemberg Theater. One can often see theater students rehearsing their lines and scenes around this sculpture. The entrance to the Lucy Moses Theater has another sculpture by a living artist, Brower Hatcher. It is Head, a nest of aluminum cages with creatures inside. A photo of the piece appears on the artist's website: www.midoceanstudio.com.
Up the swim hill and into the pool's courtyard is Candle Flame by Dr. Maurice Hexter, for whom the Hexter Sculpture Center in the Art Department was dedicated in August of1970. Dr. Hexter was the Executive Vice President of Federation of Jewish Philanthropies from 1941 to 1967. He was the dynamic communal leader who endorsed the idea of an arts school in a camp setting, and then joined Samuel Lemberg in a successful effort to mobilize a corps of dedicated Usdan benefactors.
Many more of Dr. Hexter's sculptures can be found in the Hexter gallery as well as two more places: Mother and Child in the Hexter Chess Center and Non-Objective in the center of the Art Department.
Feel free to take a tour our campus sculptures with this article as your guide. You will be viewing a unique cross section of 20th Century sculpture.