Release Date: March 1, 2015

Sculpture Garden Anniversary Celebration

October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015


Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden Celebration Continues

A highlight is the release this spring of the new publication
A Living Work of Art: The Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden

Pasadena, CA—The Norton Simon Museum continues its celebration of the 15th anniversary of its sculpture garden with special programming and the publication of a book. Designed by renowned landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power, the Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden has been a highlight for visitors since it was unveiled in October 1999. Works by Aristide Maillol, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Auguste Rodin, Jacques Lipchitz and others are installed throughout the Museum’s lush and vibrant gardens.

To commemorate this milestone, the Norton Simon Museum launched a yearlong celebration of the Sculpture Garden last October. The inaugural event was a lively discussion with Power and Museum staff who were involved in the renovation. At the same time, the Museum published a new, free Garden Guide, launched an updated web section (nortonsimon.org/garden) and organized a series of special tours and family programs.

This spring, the focus continues with the launch of a book, titled A Living Work of Art: The Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden (Norton Simon Museum, $50). Designed by Marquand Books and distributed by ACC Distribution, New York, this handsome publication provides an in-depth examination into the Museum’s garden and the sculpture it contains. The introductory chapter, chock full of rarely seen archival images, tells of the land’s early settlers and its transformation into Carmelita Gardens and later the Pasadena Art Museum. Next, Power tells of the inspiration and hard work that led to the reimagined Sculpture Garden in the 1990s. Finally, essays by museum curators on each of the 40 sculptures in the Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden provide a wonderful overview of artwork by some of the most renowned artists of the 19th and 20th century. Throughout the publication are more than 100 photographs of the garden and sculpture taken by Tim Street-Porter. Street-Porter, a well-known landscape and architectural photographer based in Los Angeles, was commissioned by the Norton Simon foundations to photograph the garden over the course of four seasons.

Publication Information:
A Living Work of Art: The Norton Simon Museum Sculpture Garden
General Editors: Leslie C. Denk and Carol Togneri
Norton Simon Museum
10” x 11”, 136 pages, Hardcover
103 color illustrations, 22 archival illustrations
Retail price: $50
ISBN: 978-0-9891956-1-4
Publication Date: May 11, 2015
Available at the Norton Simon Museum bookstore: store.nortonsimon.org | (626) 844-6942 | [email protected]; or through ACC Distribution, New York.


About the Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections. The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens. Two temporary exhibition spaces feature rotating installations of artworks not on permanent display.

Location: The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. at Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways. For general Museum information, please call (626) 449-6840 or visit www.nortonsimon.org. Hours: The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesday. Admission: General admission is $12 for adults and $9 for seniors. Members, students with I.D., and patrons age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Admission is free for everyone on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. All public programs, unless stated otherwise, are free with admission. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Parking: Parking is free, and no reservations are necessary. Public Transportation: The City of Pasadena provides a shuttle bus to transport passengers through the Pasadena Playhouse district, the Lake Avenue shopping district and Old Pasadena. A shuttle stop is located in front of the Museum. Please visit cityofpasadena.net/artsbus for schedules. The MTA bus line #180/181 stops in front of the Museum. The Memorial Park Station on the MTA Gold Line, the closest Metro Rail station to the Museum, is located at 125 E. Holly St. at Arroyo Parkway. Please visit www.metro.net for schedules.