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Lecture Series: Case Studies in Modern and Contemporary Sculpture—Eva Hesse and Richard Serra

March 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.

Kirsten Swenson, assistant professor of Art History at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and author of Irrational Judgments: Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and the 1960s (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015), discusses the artists Eva Hesse and Richard Serra, two sculptors who departed from Minimalism's self-contained structures to emphasize process and the properties of materials. Hesse and Serra created radically open-ended, often ephemeral installations in the late 1960s, exhibiting together in shows of "anti-form" and "anti-illusion" art and producing works that were visibly shaped by gravity and time. A new emphasis on presence—perceptual and embodied engagement—accompanied these developments. Questions of gender and artistic labor also framed the work of these artists who redefined sculpture in the late 1960s.

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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.

Eva Hesse. Hang Up, 1966. Through prior gifts of Arthur Keating and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Morris. © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Hauser & Wirth Zürich London.