Artist at Work Video Series

FAPE co-produced with the Checkerboard Film Foundation, NY, a series of profiles to document the creation of site-specific work by American artists that have been commissioned by FAPE for U.S. embassies throughout the world.

Ellsworth Kelly & Sol LeWitt

In February 2008, Ellsworth Kelly’s forty-foot-high stainless steel totem was permanently installed in the courtyard garden of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany. At the same time, a team from Sol LeWitt’s studio installed Wall Drawing #1256: Five Pointed Stars, in the embassy’s Behrenstraße entrance.

Dorothea Rockburne, Homage to Colin Powell

This film features Dorothea Rockburne who was commissioned by FAPE in 2006 to create a work for the atrium of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Joel Shapiro, Conjunction

This film features Conjunction, a large-scale bronze sculpture, which was commissioned by FAPE in 1998, and installed at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, the following year.

Joel Shapiro, Now

This film features Now, a 22-foot-high sculpture that was commissioned by FAPE in 2009, and installed at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China in early 2013. The work was presented to Secretary of State John Kerry at FAPE’s 2013 State Department dinner.

Michael Singer, Courtyard Garden and Sculpture

This film features the artist Michael Singer, who FAPE commissioned in 2006 to create a work for the garden at the U.S. Embassy Annex Building in Athens, Greece. The work was installed in May 2007.

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Elyn Zimmerman, Mkusanyiko wa Marafiki/Assembly of Friends

This film features Mkusanyiko wa Marafiki / Assembly of Friends, a large-scale sculpture that groups six related geometric forms around a granite-rimmed pool. It was commissioned by FAPE in 2002 for the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and was installed in June 2004.

Robert Storr Speaks About the Collection at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany

In 2012 Robert Storr, Chairman of FAPE’s Professional Fine Arts Committee and Dean of the Yale School of Art, visited the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, to install a series of prints by Jackson Pollock. While at the embassy, Mr. Storr made a presentation to staff about the Collection, and was filmed talking about some of the key works by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Sol LeWitt, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, the Gee’s Bend artists, among others.

David Rubenstein in Conversation with Jon Meacham at The New York Public Library

On February 6, 2013, FAPE presented a talk with David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, philanthropist and FAPE’s 2013 Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts recipient, in conversation with Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor at Random House. The discussion, held at The New York Public Library, focused on Rubenstein’s gifts to our country, both through preservation and cultural programs, as well as his collection of historical American documents.

Quilters of Gee’s Bend Alabama

In 2007, FAPE added prints created by four Gee’s Bend quilters,  Louisiana Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, Loretta Pettway and Mary Lee Bendolph, to the Lee Kimche McGrath Original Print Collection. This film features the artists as they discuss their quilting process, as well as the print making process.

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