New exhibition honors the dignity of common tools
September 20, 2006
Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection
On view through Dec. 3 In 1978, hardware industry pioneer John Hechinger Sr. found his new corporate headquarters efficient but sterile. The owner of a Jim Dine painting, Tool Box, Hechinger began collecting art that highlighted the company's very livelihood. "It was the hope that surrounding employees with artistic expressions of the same objects they handled in the tens of thousands would bring a sense of dignity to their jobs," Hechinger noted about his collection, which now includes over 370 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and folk art.