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Lecture Series: Case Studies in Modern and Contemporary Sculpture—David Smith and Anthony Caro

February 26, 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.

David Getsy, the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor and Chair of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, introduces the work of two of the 20th century's most significant sculptors: David Smith and Anthony Caro. In the 1950s, Smith refashioned the medium of sculpture through his exploration of the technique of welding. Using drawing as a metaphor, Smith composed sculptures that, as he put it, "attacked the well-worn beauties of the statue" to create new and dynamic three-dimensional constructions in which perception was challenged. The British sculptor Anthony Caro adapted Smith's questions to his own complex steel sculptures and their deceptive simplicity. These two artists marked a profound shift in the definition of sculpture and became key influences on the work of Charles Ray. 

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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.

David Smith. Cubi VII, 1963. Grant J. Pick Purchase Fund. Art © Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.