University Museums

Title: Notcturne 5
Name: Figure
Date: 2017
Medium: cast glass
Country/Culture: Czech Republic
Dimensions: 59 × 25 × 22 in. (149.9 × 63.5 × 55.9 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: This acquisition is made possible by donations from Mary and John Pappajohn, Claire Andreasen, Martha Allen, Cal and Frankie Parrott in honor of Callie Parrott Bower, Rachel Flint, Susan and Philip Sargent, Arthur Klein, Diane and James Patton, an anonymous donor, the estate of Neva Petersen, Phyllis and Larry Lepke, Debra and David Engle, Lynette and John Pohlman, Carole Horowitz, Dana Schumacher, and the University Museums membership. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Morrill Hall
Object Number: U2018.145abc
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The large scale cast glass human form draped in a meticulously arranged textile was created through a painstaking process that exemplifies the translucent beauty of sculptural glass. LaMonte is an internationally recognized artist and her nearly life-size cast glass figures explore many ideas related to the human form as an artistic medium. The darker hues of her Nocturne series represent her meditations on the change from day to night. Twilight turning into the inky night sky brings upon a sense of mystery, depth, and a limitless sense of space. The gradation of the gray blue hue of her sculpture, modulated by the gentle folds of textile, holds that same sense of great depth and mystery.

Nocturne 5 continues University Museums’ emphasis on furthering the figural tradition found in the arts on campus that began with artist-in-residence Christian Petersen, while also adding a significant contemporary glassmaker to the encyclopedic glass collection already held by University Museums.