Acclaimed sculptor opens new exhibit at High Desert Museum


Stephen Hendee, a light sculptor, will showcase his art at the High Desert Museum.

The new exhibition Lair: Light and the Art of Stephen Hendeeopens at the museum on Saturday, May 28.

The exhibition will also be presented before the opening during the 40and birthday parties.

The museum will open its doors for a community celebration offering the first glimpse of Lairmusic, drinks from Central Oregon’s favorite brewers, food and more on Friday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Hendee’s work was created exclusively for the High Desert Museum for this exhibition.

New York Times art critic Roberta Smith once described his work as a “collaboration between the creators of Spider-Man, the set designers of 2001: A Space Odysseyand maybe star trekand computer artists involved in tron.”

Using light, color and space, Lair explores the spaces we live in both physically and virtually, drawing inspiration from the high desert landscape.

Upon entering the gallery, visitors will be immersed in a futuristic world of light and sound with elements alluding to current environmental issues.

Wildfires and climate change are altering the reality of life in the high desert and therefore, according to Hendee, play a central role in Lair.

For 30 years, the sculptor has immersed the public in experiences that are both dynamic and emotional.

He is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and his art has been exhibited everywhere from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York to Meow Wolf Las Vegas.

Hendee’s recent awards include a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Fellowship.

The exhibition will be on view until November 27.

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