University Museums

Title: Hub
Name: Metal Sculpture
Date: 1974
Period: Late 20th Century
Medium: Metal (nickel silver on monel metal)
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 36 x 26 x 16 in. (91.4 x 66 x 40.6 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Barbara and James Palmer. Iowa Art in State Buildings Project for Howe Hall.
Location: Iowa State University, Howe Hall
Object Number: U2002.5
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Hub depicts orbital motion around a central, hollow turbine-like core. It revolves like a wheel within its own outer limits, with spokes stopping at the rim and a few breaking through. The relationships of the exterior and the interior surfaces may simultaneously
represent a structure as large as the solar system or as private as one person's
inward exploration.

Seymour Lipton was born in New York City in 1903. After graduating from Columbia
University he began his professional career as a dentist, but was always interested
in sculpture. In the early 1930s he began sculpting in wood and plaster. During the
1930s and 40s he participated in many art exhibits, both group and solo. He also
taught at the New School for Social Research, New York. About 1950 he arrived at
his mature artistic style of sculpture. Lipton uniformly worked in an abstract idiom,
and he was committed to content. His work appears to be full of struggle and is often
based on challenging and conflicting subjects. Although the themes are not always
obvious, the sculptures can be emotionally disturbing.