Photo detail: Ron Bladen, Sonar Tide , 1983, gifted by the Junior League of Peoria to the City of Peoria.
The Sculpture of Ronald Bladen: Angle/Edge/Plane
Opening Summer 2020
International Feature Gallery
Gifted to Peoria by the Junior League of Peoria in 1983, "Sonar Tide" by renowned sculptor Ronald Bladen (1918-1988) is the most recognized public sculpture in the region. In celebration of Sonar Tide, which was Bladen’s last and largest commissioned work, Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to bring a collection of models, drawings, and photographs from the estate of Ronald Bladen and the Loretta Howard Gallery in New York, as well as a preparatory image from Harvard Art Museums. This exhibition highlights Bladen's practice as a sculptor who is credited with influencing major Minimalist sculptors such as Richard Serra, Donald Judd, and Sol Lewitt.
Bladen's last and largest commissioned work, Sonar Tide, stands in front of the Peoria Civic Center, designed by famed architect Philip Johnson.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
The museum gratefully acknowledges our exhibition presenting sponsors, Sharon & John Amdall, with additional sponsorship by the Visionary Society and Illinois Arts Council Agency.