Home movies of Katherine Weems' Rhinoceros sculptures at Harvard University (1937)
The Archives of American Art is sharing some of the home movies from its collections to celebrate Home Movie Day 2014. Stay tuned for more to come. Katherine Lane Weems was a sculptor who lived in Boston, Mass. and specialized in animal sculpture. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston under Charles Grafly, Anna Hyatt-Huntington, George Demetrios, and Brenda Putnam. She married F. Carrington Weems in 1947. She was named after her aunt, watercolor painter Katherine Ward Lane, who died in 1893. The first reels of this footage were shot in Weems' studio, where we see the final fabrication of two massive Rhinoceros sculptures commissioned by Harvard University. The final reel, in color, documents the transport and installation of the sculpture outside the Biology Labs at Harvard. From the Katherine Lane Weems papers (1865-1989) at the Archives of American Art. Transferred from four 16mm film reels to VHS video, from which this digital copy was made.