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Lecture Series: Case Studies in Modern and Contemporary Sculpture—Robert Gober and Kiki Smith

April 29, 2015
Fullerton Hall
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.

For the last lecture of the series, James Rondeau, Dittmer Chair and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, speaks on the work of Robert Gober and Kiki Smith. These influential artists shifted conversations about the body in contemporary sculpture to encompass larger social and political concerns. Over the last three decades, Robert Gober’s sculptures have mined the psychological tensions of domestic space. His handmade, deceptively simple objects initially look familiar, but these re-creations are discomfiting, functionless versions of their originals. The body is both rendered explicitly and implied in his art. Kiki Smith has been instrumental in shifting the abstract rhetoric of the human form in art into a grounded conversation about its frailties, vulnerabilities, and the body as a site for the contestation of values. Her figurative sculpture often examines the physical and spiritual nature of the body by presenting it in an abject, fragmented, and damaged state. This informal talk addresses points of commonality between the two artists as well as key differences in their approach to sculpture.

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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.

Robert Gober. Untitled, 1989. Restricted gift of Stefan T. Edlis and H. Gael Neeson Foundation; through prior gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Starrels and Fowler McCormick. © 1989–96 Robert Gober.