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Lecture Series: Case Studies in Modern and Contemporary Sculpture—Bodies circa 1970 (Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, and Carolee Schneemann)

April 1, 2015
Price Auditorium
Per lecture: $15 SCA members, $20 non–SCA members; entire series: $60 SCA members, $80 non-SCA members

In conjunction with the summer's Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014, this four-part series, presented by the Society for Contemporary Art and the Department of Museum Education, traces the evolution of modern and contemporary sculpture.

Elise Archias, assistant professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, gives a lecture entitled "Bodies circa 1970." Her talk considers the way artists such as Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, and Carolee Schneemann used their own bodies as material for performance-based works around 1970. Acconci, Nauman, and Schneemann each turned to the body in their work with a new embrace of its factual presence. Rather than character or personality, their artworks emphasize submission to gravity, moments of physical exhaustion, simple actions in nondescript spaces, and even involuntary movement. At times alarming, rude, or tedious, these performances also model a form of sculptural thought that links together concrete physicality with more abstract ideas and structures. This topic is taken up in Archias’s forthcoming book, The Concrete Body.

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The other lectures in the series include the following topics:

The series culminates with a free public talk by Charles Ray on May 14, celebrating the opening of the exhibition.

Bruce Nauman. Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance), 1967/6. Gift of Society for Contemporary Art. © 2014 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.