1913: A Year in the Life of Sculpture

Institute Conference
26th January 2013
The Henry Moore Institute, 10–6pm

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
1913, cast 1965

The Sherwin Collection, Leeds/The Bridgeman Art Library

This one day symposium brings together scholars working on early twentieth century art to reconsider the extraordinary developments in modern sculpture that took place in 1913. The symposium will focus on the public life of such sculptural achievements, addressing key moments in its exhibition and display, in the textual and photographic circulation of its proposals and in its art critical promotion and reception across Europe and across languages. It focuses on single manifestations: an exhibition, a text, a poem, a manifesto, a performance, an event - all of which connect with the meaning of sculpture in this year.


Jon Wood (chair)

Patrick Elliott (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)
'Emile Antoine Bourdelle's Champs Elysées theatre reliefs and figurative sculpture in 1913'

Alexandra Parigoris (Independent scholar)
'Disseminating objects of rarity: the publication of Picasso's cubist assemblages in Les Soirées de Paris'

Linda Dalrymple Henderson (chair)

Michael White (York University)
'Theorizing Abstraction and Sculpture in 1913'

Mark Antliff (Duke University)
'Jacob Epstein's Tomb of Oscar Wilde: Anarchism and Art for Insurrection's Sake, c. 1913'

Michael White (chair)

Christopher Townsend
'Dancing Queen: Body, Light and Movement in the Bal Bullier, 1913: Sonia Delaunay-Terk's Robe simultané'

Christina Lodder
'Victory over the Sun and Re-defining Sculpture in Russia'

This conference has been organised in collaboration with the University of York.

For more information contact Kirstie Gregory, Research Programmes Assistant:

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