The complete Hechinger Collection, featuring nearly 400 works of art, was donated to IA&A in 2003 by hardware-industry pioneer John Hechinger, Sr. The collection’s contemporary prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures represent a wealth of 20th-century art that incorporates tools and hardware by artists Berenice Abbott, Arman, Jim Dine, Walker Evans, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Léger, and Claes Oldenburg, among others.

The collection celebrates the ubiquity of tools in our lives with art that magically transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works of beauty, surprise, and wit. Selections from IA&A’s Hechinger Collection are on view in IA&A’s offices and have been exhibited at IA&A at Hillyer. IA&A regularly culls from the collection for a national tour—as with our exhibition ReTooled—and can loan individual works to other exhibiting institutions.

The daughter of a diplomat, Sarah Tanguy holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before becoming a full-time independent curator and critic in 1995, Ms. Tanguy worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art, the International Exhibitions Foundation, The Tremaine Collection, the International Sculpture Center, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. In 2004, she became a curator for the US State Department’s ART in Embassies program, while continuing to pursue freelance projects. Ms. Tanguy has produced more than 150 exhibitions and has written for Sculpture, American Craft, Metalsmith, Glass, and Readers Digest, among other publications.

If you would like to contact Sarah Tanguy, please visit sarahtanguy.com.


To request a loan from IA&A’s Tools As Art: The Hechinger Collection, please contact the Head Registrar at jackc@artsandartists.org.


Tools themselves are beyond categorizing by status or class, and they lack social boundaries, as should art.