Alexander S. C. Rower is the president and founding director of the Calder Foundation and Calder’s grandson. After Calder’s death in 1976, Rower recognized the need for the scholarly management of the artist’s legacy, and he began the Foundation in 1987 at a time when the concept of artist foundations was almost nonexistent. Since then, Rower has documented more than 22,000 works by Calder and established an extensive archive dedicated to all aspects of Calder’s career, positioning the Calder Foundation at the forefront of legacy preservation.
Rower has curated and collaborated on over 85 solo exhibitions worldwide, including projects at Tate Modern, London; Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis; Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Menil Collection, Houston; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He has published many texts on Calder’s life and work, and he frequently lectures on the subject.