Built of Tiles, Bricks, and Stone: Aleksandra Kasuba’s Art Career in New York
Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis
Keywords:Aleksandra Kasuba, creative career, experimental and applied creative practices, relations with clients, brick walls
A refugee from Lithuania, Aleksandra Kasuba (1923–2019) arrived in the U.S. in 1947 and built a successful career in the competitive, male-dominated post-World War II New York’s art world. Beginning with small ceramic tile artworks that evolved into multi-media mosaics, Kasuba’s artistic vision expanded to shaping architectural spaces. From 1953 to 1970, appearances in exhibitions organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft introduced her art to American and international audiences. Her pivotal solo exhibition at an important New York gallery in 1966 led to complex collaborations with noted architects for projects in major U. S. cities. Her innovative monumental designs in marble, brick and granite were focal points of public buildings and spaces. This article examines her key commissions completed from 1970 to 1986 in Chicago, New York City, Rochester, N.Y., Buffalo, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.