CFP: Materials of Modern Sculpture, 1945-Present (grad) (9/30/05; 2/4/06)

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Morna O'Neill
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The Materials of Modern Sculpture
A one-day graduate student symposium
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

This one-day graduate student symposium will address the materials of
modern sculpture and changing conceptions of the sculptural object from
1945 to the present.

In conjunction with the Yale University Art Gallery, the Center is
holding this symposium to address the very nature of the sculptural
object. We will examine the physical materials from which sculptures
are made—both the expansion of sculptural material from 1945 to the
present and new uses of traditional materials such as marble and
bronze—and the ways in which the consideration of material
reconceptualizes the sculptural object.

This investigation will not focus solely on British art, and we welcome
papers on European and American topics. We invite interpretations of
this theme as 30-minute papers from graduate students working on all
aspects of the arts and humanities as well as conservation.
Cross-disciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Topics may
include but are not restricted to:
-problems of display and the ways in which sculpture occupies space
-problems concerning the conservation of materials
-shifting conceptions of the sculptural object and the consequences for
-the economics and infrastructure of sculpture production
-changing ideas about monuments and memorialization
-sculpture and temporality, works that are meant to change over time
(such as those by Andy Goldsworthy and Anja Gallacio) and those that are
not (Marc Quinn's defrosted blood sculpture)
-the development of new materials for sculpture
-the meaning of marble and bronze after 1945
-the ways in which traditional materials and techniques accommodate
radical reconceptions of sculpture and its position in the public sphere
(for example in the work of Barry Flanagan or Elizabeth Frink)

The program will include discussion sessions with curators,
conservators, and practicing artists. The day will draw to its close
with a keynote lecture.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Morna O'Neill,
Research Department, Yale Center for British Art, PO Box 208280, New
Haven, CT 06520-8280 or to by September 30, 2005.

Limited travel funds for speakers are available upon application.

Support for this symposium has been generously provided by the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation.

--Morna O'NeillResearch AssociateYale Center for British ArtYale Center for British Art1080 Chapel StreetPO Box 208280New Haven, CT 06520tel 203.432.6774fax 203.432.5946e-mail morna.oneill_at_yale.eduweb site ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Wed Aug 17 2005 - 06:03:47 EDT