August 20, 2019

Today in History: Alexander Calder

painting by Alexander Calder
Today in History–July 22–the Library of Congress features artist Alexander Calder, born on this date in 1898 in Pennsylvania. Calder’s mother was a painter and his father was a sculptor but Alexander began his career as a mechanical engineer. That early career choice served him well as an artist later when creating his first motor-driven sculptures, later dubbed “mobiles”. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below.

Alexander Calder born from America’s Library

Alexander Calder mobile

Alexander Calder image set

Alexander Calder historical newspaper coverage

Alexander Calder legislation

Calder Foundation

Works by Alexander Calder National Gallery of Art

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