Bronxville celebrates exhibit of Rodin’s works

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Among several of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures on display at the O’Silas Gallery, the “Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo,” pictured, portrayed a real-to-life model of the acclaimed French author, who is perhaps best known for such novels as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Les Miserables.”

By DANIEL OFFNER

For the next 10 weeks, the O’Silas gallery at Concordia College in the Village of Bronxville will showcase the works of world-renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin.

The exhibition features several of Rodin’s 19th Century bronze works that are on loan from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

For Shanley Hanlon, manager of the O’Silas Gallery, the opening reception of the Rodin exhibit on Sept. 12 was the culmination of her efforts that were over a year in the making.

“It’s amazing to see it in person,” said Hanlon, 25. “The opening was like Christmas for me.”

To kick things off, Concordia College invited Gary Sussman, Director of the Art Students League Vytlacil campus, to discuss Rodin’s process of bronze casting.

“Rodin was a worker,” Sussman said. “He was a busy guy…and he didn’t have a lot of money.”
According to Sussman, Rodin put an incredible amount of time and effort into making each of his sculptures, which redefined the process for future generations.

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Commissioned in the late 19th century, the “Head of Balzac,” pictured, is one of Rodin’s most well-known sculptures on display at the O’Silas Gallery at Concordia College. Photos/Daniel Offner

Rodin is now known the world over for his bronze sculptures, including such renowned works as “The Thinker,” “The Hand of God,” “Monument to Balzac” and his unfinished “The Gates of Hell.”
Although many of his most legendary works remain in museums, the O’Silas Gallery provided members of the Bronxville community with an up close and personal encounter with several of the artist’s most beloved works, including the “Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo,” “The Head of Balzac” and the “Bust of Pope Benedict XV.”

The exhibit also features 10 models that display Rodin’s casting of his sculpture “Sorrow,” currently on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 27, and will feature several events both on and off campus.

In addition, to commemorate the exhibition, the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce has enlisted 43 businesses throughout the village—including restaurants, shops, and organizations—to participate in the festivities.

“Rarely does a suburban gallery have the chance to feature the work of such a world-renowned artist,” Chamber of Commerce Director Susan

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Patrons attending a gallery opening on Sept. 12 stopped to admire the 10 models that display Auguste Rodin’s sculpture “Sorrow,” which is currently on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

Miele said. “Visitors have only a three-minute drive from the O’Silas Gallery to the Bronxville business district, where they can experience first-rate restaurants with French-themed meals, stores with French merchandise, performances of French music, classes such as The Art of French Entertaining and more.”

Additionally, the chamber is also holding a raffle for one of 12 prizes donated from the local business community.

For those interested in attending the events, the O’Silas Gallery is located on the second floor of the Scheele Memorial Library at Concordia College and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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About Daniel Offner

Daniel Offner joined Hometown Media Group as a staff reporter in 2012 after working as a freelancer and has since covered the Town/Village of Harrison and the villages of Bronxville and Larchmont. Offner holds a B.A. in journalism from SUNY Stony Brook and has previous experience as an intern for WSHU, an NPR affiliate in Fairfield, Conn. He is also an avid photographer, occasional blogger, and an amateur web designer who aspires to one day write for a national publication. Reach Dan at 914-653-1000 x26 or dan@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @harrisonreport.