AMOR (1998)

by Robert Indiana (1928 - )

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin © 2015 for the Association for Public Art
East Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
September 22, 2015 through mid-April, 2016

  • Title

    AMOR

  • Artist

    Robert Indiana (1928 - )

  • Year

    1998; installed 2015

  • Medium

    Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue

  • Dimensions

    72″x72″x36″

Presented by the Association for Public Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On loan from the Morgan Art Foundation, courtesy of Simon and Marc Salama-Caro

At A Glance

  • On the occasion of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States, the Association for Public Art (aPA) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) brought Robert Indiana’s AMOR to the Museum’s East Terrace

  • AMOR means “love” in both Pope Francis’s native Spanish and the Church’s traditional Latin

  • Artist Robert Indiana is the artist behind the iconic LOVE sculpture, located at the opposite end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in John F. Kennedy Plaza

  • Indiana created this Latin/Spanish version of the sculpture in response to the changing demographics of the US and his desire to speak to his fellow citizens

On the occasion of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States, the Association for Public Art (aPA) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) are pleased to announce the installation of Robert Indiana’s AMOR sculpture on the PMA’s East Terrace facing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and overlooking the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, which culminates the World Meeting of Families 2015.

He [Robert Indiana] created this Latin/Spanish version of the sculpture in response to the changing demographics of the US and his desire to speak to his fellow citizens.

AMOR — meaning “love” in both Pope Francis’s native Spanish and the Church’s traditional Latin — is on loan from the Morgan Art Foundation, courtesy of Simon and Marc Salama-Caro.

Robert Indiana is the artist behind the iconic LOVE sculpture, located at the opposite end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in John F. Kennedy Plaza (more affectionately referred to as “LOVE Park”). He created this Latin/Spanish version of the sculpture in response to the changing demographics of the US and his desire to speak to his fellow citizens.

The installation of AMOR outside of the PMA and overlooking the city of Philadelphia is also emblematic of an important civic and cultural collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with its landmark building and internationally renowned art collection, and the Association for Public Art, which has placed sculpture throughout Philadelphia since 1872, notably along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Parkway is known for its world-class cultural institutions and public art treasures.

Looking at Robert Indiana's "AMOR" from behind with City Hall in the background
Looking at Robert Indiana’s AMOR from behind with City Hall in the background. Photo Caitlin Martin © 2015 for the Association for Public Art.

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Founded in 1872, the Association for Public Art commissions, preserves, promotes and interprets public art in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia’s art museum: a landmark building with world-class collections, exhibitions and programs. More information about Robert Indiana can be found at robertindiana.com.

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Robert Indiana originally conceived the celebrated LOVE image in 1965 through a series of paintings, and a year later in 1966, conceived his editions of LOVE sculptures. His masterpiece quickly gained widespread recognition and public acclaim, entering into major private and public collections around the world, including, and most significantly, the City of Philadelphia.

In aPA’s Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program for LOVE, author Adrian Dannatt states (in reference to Indiana’s 1955 poem) “it’s almost a description of the geometrical elements that make up the physical composition of this word LOVE. It’s very curious because it’s …as if he is unconscious of the fact that this idea was germinating.”

“I consider LOVE a one sentence poem,” says Robert Indiana.

 

Voices heard in the program:

Robert Indiana is an American painter and sculptor who created the iconic LOVE sculpture.

Adrian Dannatt is the author of Robert Indiana: Hard Edge and Robert Indiana: Wood.

Segment Producer: Lu Olkowski

September 17th, 2015

Robert Indiana’s Monumental Sculpture, AMOR, to Grace the East Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

To honor His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of his visit to the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art (aPA) are pleased to announce the installation of Robert Indiana’s monumental sculpture AMOR(1998) on the Museum’s East Terrace, where it will overlook the celebration of the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, which culminates the World Meeting of Families 2015. AMOR—meaning “love” in both Pope Francis’s native Spanish and the Church’s traditional Latin—will stand at one end of the Parkway facing, at the other end, Indiana’s renowned LOVE sculpture on John F. Kennedy Plaza.

The installation of AMOR outside of the Museum and overlooking the city of Philadelphia is also emblematic of an important civic and cultural collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with its landmark building and internationally renowned art collection, and the Association for Public Art, which has placed sculpture throughout Philadelphia since 1872, notably along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Parkway is known for its world-class cultural institutions and public art treasures.

AMOR will be unveiled on Tuesday, September 22, at 10:30 a.m., before the start of the World Meeting of Families Congress. The Congress is the largest international Catholic gathering of families, held every third year in a different city around the world. More than a million people are expected to gather on Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the concluding Festival of Families on September 26, to be attended by Pope Francis, and again on September 27 for the Papal Mass.

Robert Indiana originally conceived the celebrated LOVE image in 1965 through a series of paintings, and a year later in 1966, conceived his editions of LOVE sculptures. His masterpiece quickly gained widespread recognition and public acclaim, entering into major private and public collections around the world, including and most significantly the City of Philadelphia. Indiana’s LOVE has become one of the rare icons of modern art that resonate with large and diverse audiences.

Indiana created the Latin/Spanish version of the sculpture, AMOR, in 1998, in response to the changing demographics of the United States and his desire to speak to his fellow citizens. The colorful 6-foot-high aluminum sculpture is on loan from the Morgan Art Foundation, courtesy of Simon and Marc Salama-Caro, who are dedicated to preserving and promoting Robert Indiana’s artistic legacy.

“With the installation of this generous loan atop our famous steps, we hope to add the most appropriate artistic note possible to Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia,” stated Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “We are grateful to the artist, the Morgan Art Foundation and the Salama-Caro family for making this exceptional installation possible.”

”In the traditional language of the Church, amor vincit Omnia—love conquers all. The message underscores this historic moment for Philadelphia, and also speaks to the message of the Museum, a place that welcomes everyone. We encourage visitors to experience Indiana’s sculpture, and as they celebrate the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, also step inside and explore the art in our collections, so many of which evoke spirituality, faith, and the age-old theme of love.”

Penny Bach, Executive Director of the Association for Public Art, said, “Since Robert Indiana’s LOVE was installed in Philadelphia in 1976, in what has since become known as Love Park, it has become the most recognized sculpture in a city known for having one of the largest collections of public art in the country. Now, with the installation of AMOR, these two iconic sculptures will be in dialogue with one another, anchoring the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in love.”

“As the theme of the Eighth World Meeting of Families is “Love Is Our Mission – The Family Fully Alive,” we are thrilled to celebrate family and the sanctuary of love and life with the installation of AMOR as we begin to welcome pilgrims from over 100 nations to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection with open arms,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. “Pope Francis, a truly transformative global leader, will inspire Catholics and non-Catholics alike to reconnect to the importance of family as the cornerstone of society. With theAMOR sculpture, we will continue to be reminded that family and love formed the foundation of the upcoming events as we get ready to welcome the Holy Father.”

“Robert Indiana has said that LOVE is a one-sentence poem, which represents how he sees the world,” stated Simon Salama-Caro. “We are honored to be able to facilitate the loan of AMOR to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art as a reminder of the universal language of love.”

About Robert Indiana
Born in 1928, the American artist Robert Indiana is among the most universally recognized artists associated with the Pop Art movement. His work consists of bold, iconic images, and is represented in public and private collections around the world including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Whitney Museum of American Art organized a major retrospective of his work in 2013. The artist’s work will be among the highlights of International Pop, a major exhibition dedicated to the range and impact of the Pop movement globally, opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on February 24, 2016, and organized by the Walker Art Center.

Media Contacts:

Norman Keyes
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Caitlin Martin, Association for Public Art
215-546-7550
cmartin@associationforpublicart.org

Whitney Hegeman, Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors
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Whitney.hegeman@finnpartners.com

About The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia’s art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

About The Association for Public Art
The Association for Public Art (aPA, formerly Fairmount Park Art Association) commissions, preserves, promotes and interprets public art in Philadelphia. The aPA is the nation’s first private nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a “Museum Without Walls” that informs, engages, and inspires diverse audiences. We honor the past while supporting originality and innovation, and we advance opportunities for creative people to contribute to the city’s places and spaces. Established in 1872, the aPA integrates public art and urban design through exemplary programs and advocacy efforts that connect people with public art. We respond to the conditions of our time, adding new perspectives to the civic landscape and maintaining a legacy for future generations, while promoting Philadelphia as a premier city for public art. For more information, visit associationforpublicart.org.

More information about Robert Indiana can be found at robertindiana.org.

Special thanks to those who helped make AMOR possible:

The Association for Public Art Board of Trustees, Staff, and Members

Artist Robert Indiana

Marc and Simon Salama-Caro – Morgan Art Foundation

Timothy Rub, Gail Harrity and staff – Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

World Meeting of Families

Brian Communications

Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors and Finn Partners

Lorenzon Contractors

Bruce Gitlin and staff at Milgo Bufkin

This artwork is part of the Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway tour, and the Around the Philadelphia Museum of Art tour.

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