The research of Professor Darius A. Spieth of Louisiana State University restores attention to the life and work of Frank Hayden (1936-1988). Hayden was a Notre Dame graduate (MFA ’59) and a leading African-American mid-century sculptor of the South. The uniqueness of Hayden’s art is defined by his place at the intersection of Catholic faith, the Civil Rights movement, and the combination of modernist aesthetics with solid craftsmanship. Spieth’s richly illustrated talk presents a visual overview of Hayden’s most important sculptural works – executed in wood, bronze, and fiberglass – from the key decades of his career, ranging from the late 1950s to the late 1980s. Hayden loved his work to be accessible and to serve the public. Many of his sculptures, including some of the nation’s first public monuments to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., can still be found in open spaces and churches in southern Louisiana, as well as in public and private collections.
This talk, offered in celebration of Notre Dame's Walk the Walk Week, is free and open to all. The program is generously supported by Percy A. Pierre.