Sculpture in the Museum

2nd February 2007 - 3rd February 2007
Henry Moore Institute Seminar Room

Installation View

Bronze: the power of life and death

A two-day international conference exploring the place of sculpture in museums from 1850 to the present day, exploring the reasons behind the choices of particular works and their placement; identifying and exploring the programmatic statements of power, prestige and symbolic value which sculpture has been used to signpost over recent centuries.

Day 1 - Friday 2nd February 2007

Pauline Hoath (Bergen University)
Past and Present: The John Flaxman Gallery at University College London

Marietta Cambareri (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Italian Renaissance Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The Early Years

Joaneath Spicer (Walters Art Museum)
The Role of Sculpture in the ‘17th-century Collector’s Study’ and ‘Chamber of Wonders’ at the Walters Art Museum

Thayer Tolles (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Elephant in the Room: George Grey Barnard’s Struggle of the Two Natures in Man at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Suzanne MacLeod (University of Leicester)
The Sultanganj Buddha and the Buddha Gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Emmanuelle Heran (Musee d’Orsay)
Exhibiting Animal Sculpture: a challenge

Day 2 - Saturday 3rd February 2007

Christopher Marshall (University of Melbourne)
‘The Greatest Sculpture Gallery in the World’: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again?) of the Duveen Sculpture Galleries at Tate Britain

Wouter Davidts (Ghent University)
Tate Modern Series: Six Years of Artist’s Commissions at Tate Modern

Marianne Kinkel (Washington State University)
Sculptures as Museum Models: Malvina Hoffman’s Races of Mankind Display at the Field Museum of Natural History

Kate Nichols (Birkbeck College, University of London)
How do we interpret sculpture on display? New questions raised by plaster casts for the masses at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, 1854.

Antoinette Normand-Romain (INHA, Paris; ex-Rodin Museum, Paris)
Rodin: the construction of an image

Sarah Stanners (University of Toronto)
Adopting Moore and modernity in Toronto: controversy, reputation and intervention on display