The Limits of Sculpture

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November 19, 2013
7:00 pm
University Park Campus

A panel discussion with Suzanne Hudson and Megan Luke, moderated by Young Joon Kwak
In the USC Sculpture Area, Watt 108
The contemporary art landscape has expanded in size and complexity since 1979, when Rosalind Krauss wrote, “Sculpture in the Expanded Field.” Today, artists work in a truly, if imperfectly, global context—leading to many artists abandoning normative western art historical concerns of medium. What does it mean for artists to take a stance of historical exceptionalism, leaving behind medium-based practices altogether? This panel will present a genealogy of sculpture’s relationship to other media such as painting and photography, and explore the relevance of medium and pedagogy in a pluralist contemporary art landscape.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served, and student work will be on display.
SUZANNE HUDSON received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and is currently Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Southern California. She writes on modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on abstraction, painting, process, creativity, pedagogy, and American philosophy as it intersects with aesthetics and institutional discourses. She is co-founder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank and the Society of Contemporary Art Historians, an affiliate society of the College Art Association, for which she currently serves as President Emerita and Chair of the Executive Committee. Hudson's work has appeared in such publications as Parkett, Flash Art, Art Journal, and October; a regular contributor to Artforum since 2004, she also has written numerous essays for international exhibition catalogs and artist monographs and lectured widely. She is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint (MIT Press, 2009; 2011) and the co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989–Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). Her book Painting Now is forthcoming from Thames & Hudson. She is currently at work on a manuscript on Agnes Martin and a study of the therapeutic uses of art in America from WWII to Vietnam.
MEGAN LUKE is a specialist in modern art, architecture, and art writing of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research focuses on the advent of abstraction and collage, the history of photography and art reproduction, and the intersection of avant-garde art and mass culture, particularly early cinema. Her forthcoming book, Exiled Images: The Late Work of Kurt Schwitters, investigates the German artist's collaborations with peers in The Netherlands and Central Europe, his work in sculpture, and the impact of wartime displacement on his ideas about abstract pictorial composition. She is currently preparing a manuscript that considers the role of the photography of sculpture in the writing of art history, aesthetics, and media theory.