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June 4;  3:00, at sculpture site

Seeing Deeper: TAU, The Monumental Masterpiece in Our Midst

This special event at TAU will expose attendees to the grandeur of its scale, form, and significance from three perspectives. Presenters Joan Pachner (Tony Smith expert, educator, lecturer); Tom Nussbaum (Artist, outdoor sculptor); Dan Bischoff (art reviewer, lecturer, writer) will lead us in what promises to be a thoroughly engaging experience.

Location: TAU, Meadowland Park, North Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ (rain date June 5)

For details and to register for the event, click here: SOMA Adult School

JOAN PACHNER is a published arts writer, researcher, and speaker with experience in museums and galleries. Her background includes archival research, art history, education, curating, and Visual Culture, and is a recognized authority on Tony Smith. In addition to her dissertation, a fundamental study of Smith’s full career (1993), she is the author of the forthcoming Tony Smith Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture. Joan was also a curatorial consultant and catalogue co-author for Tony Smith: Architect Painter, Sculptor (1998), for his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Her pioneering essay “Tony Smith’s Earthworks,” introduced largely unknown visionary projects to a broader public. In addition to teaching at New York University and Hunter College, she lectured and led classes at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also published and lectured on other sculptors, including Anthony Caro, George Segal, David Smith, and Christopher Wilmarth. Pachner received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Art, New York University.

DAN BISCHOFF is the award-winning art critic for the Star-Ledger, where he has been covering art and culture in New Jersey and New York since 1996. Previously, as the chief political and investigative editor at The Village Voice, he developed pieces that won several awards. He is the author of James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano. Bischoff’s writing has been published in the Voice, Mother Jones, The Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times, ARTnews, The Deal, CBS MoneyWatch.com, and elsewhere. He lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

TOM NUSSBAUM is known for a variety of work including sculpture, public art, drawings, paper cuts, prints, children’s books, animations, and functional design objects. Tom has been making art continuously for over fifty years.  His sculpture and works on paper have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, and internationally.  He has completed over thirty-five site-specific commissions located in a variety of public settings including public plazas, train stations, schools, hospitals, libraries, environmental centers, and playgrounds. Tom has been a visiting artist and lecturer at a number of colleges and universities, and has served on many peer review panels and juries.  He has been awarded two New Jersey State Individual Artist Fellowships and is a three-time MacDowell Colony Fellow. He currently works from his studios in East Orange, NJ, and Burlington Flats, NY. His work can be seen on his website tomnussbaum.com


Tony Smith was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. A sculptor, painter, and architect who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright, he reached international fame in the 1960s and 1970s with his large-scale, geometric sculpture. Smith created many of his famous sculptures in his original childhood home in South Orange, New Jersey.  Learn More

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