Phyllis Yes
Paint Can with Brush, 1981
Mixed media with paint.
Photo courtesy of Joel Breger.

Claes Oldenburg
Three Way Plug, 1965
Offset lithograph and airbrush
Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

Lucas Samaras
Brush, 1968
silk screen relief.
Photo courtesy of Joel Breger

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection

September 22, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Groundbreaking 20th-century artists illuminate the overlooked subject of tools with pun, wit and wonder.

Curated by Jared Packard-Winkler and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, the exhibition is supported by Northern Trust, The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Turner Construction Co., and a Committee of Honor chaired by Nancy Duffy, Julia Nusseibeh, Candace Procaccini, and Debbie Simon.


Featuring more than 40 imaginative paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs, the exhibition brings life to the unexpected subject of tools by profiling 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection, including Red Grooms, Walker Evans, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg.

The exhibition consists of four sections that dynamically frame the themes of this collection into accessible categories: Objects of Beauty; Material Illusions; Instruments of Satire; and Tools: An Extension of Self.

Some of the artists represent tools with reverence to accentuate their purity of design. Others transform and distort tools to highlight their tragic obsolescence in a technological age. But all of the works remind us that tools embody the can-do spirit that defines America and the quest to improve our quality of life.

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Gift of John and June Hechinger.

International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs and services to artists, art institutions and the public.  Visit

Stephen Hansen, Man on a Limb, 1985.
Papier-mâché. Photo courtesy of Joel Breger