George Segal | Street Scenes

Chance Meeting, 1989
Plaster, aluminum and galvanized steel. Gift of Carroll Janis and Donna Seldin Janis in honor of the 75th Anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Chance Meeting represents one of Segal’s favorite motifs—people on city streets. He liked to imagine people moving in what he called a “hypnotic dream state” and sought to convey how it felt to walk on a sidewalk or wait for a light to change.

Chance Meeting, along with Street Crossing, also in this exhibition, and the Museum’s Rush Hour, located in the Kansas City Sculpture Park, all address the theme of people negotiating city streets.

The close proximity of the three figures seen here and their position facing each other lends to them a greater degree of intimacy than is seen in other sculptures in this exhibition.

This original plaster provided the model for the bronze work on view in the Bloch Lobby.

Header Image: George Segal, American, 1924-2000. The Diner, 1964–1966. Plaster, wood, chrome, laminated plastic, Masonite, fluorescent lamp, glass, paper. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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