New Voices: Sculpture & Literature

  • Online event
  • 20–21 October 2021
  • Two day online conference. Part of our Sculpture & Poetry Research Season, developed in partnership with Corridor8 and the University of Leeds.

Keynote Speakers: Hannah Black (Independent Artist, New York) and Dr Eleanor Dobson (University of Birmingham)

Sculpture and literature are often separated by a disciplinary divide but have also come together in works and ideas as wide ranging as monuments, poetry and performances. This conference will build on a growing body of scholarship exploring what can be gained from working at the intersection of sculpture and literature. Is it possible to think or write ‘sculpturally’? Can sculpture be considered ‘literary’ in terms of theory or theme?

The Association for Art History’s New Voices is a two-day annual conference that highlights current postgraduate and early doctoral research from around the world organised by the Doctoral and Early Career Research Committee (DECR) in partnership with the Henry Moore Institute and the University of Leeds.

Watch online

This conference was recorded and is available to watch online. Please email research@henry-moore.org if you are interested in watching this conference.

Programme

 

Day 1: Wednesday 20 October, 11am - 5pm

11:00amWelcome
Dr Clare O’Dowd (Research Curator, Henry Moore Institute)
Nick Thurston (Associate Professor in Fine Art, University of Leeds), and Association for Art History’s DECR Committee
11:10am - 12:45pmPanel 1: Poetry
Chair: Clare Fisher (University of St Andrews)
 ‘It is only the base of a pillar, they’ll tell you’: Tracing Thomas Hardy’s Encounters with the Public Museum, and examining his Poetic Reconstruction of the Institution for a Regional Voice
Beth Howell (University of Exeter)
 ‘Unknown Forces’: The Poetics of Potential in the work of Mary Oliver and Barbara Hepworth
Jen McDerra (University of East Anglia)
 Holocaust Monuments and Holocaust Poetry
Hannie Phillips (University of Leeds)
 Towards a Spectral Monumentality after Misty Poetry: From ‘Memorial’ to ‘An Unerected Memorial’
Kevin Zhichen Dong (University of California, Davis)
12:15 - 12:45pmDiscussion
12:45 - 1:15pmBreak
1:15 - 2:50pmPanel 2: Cultural Memory
Chair: Sam Rowe (Plymouth College of Art)
 How Literature Became Form
Rae Stevens (Independent Artist)
 Monument and Memory: Hans Haacke and W.G. Sebald Engaging Architecture
Anna Hennigan (University of St Andrews)
 Mutilation: Cut as an Act of Sculpting in the Narratives of the Amazonas Jungle
Francisco Camacho Herrera (University of York)
 Copper Venuses and Midnight Galateas: Classical Statues in Black Women's Writing
Grace McGowan (Boston University)
2:20 - 2:50pmDiscussion
2:50 - 3:30pmBreak
3:30 - 4:10pmKeynote Lecture
‘Mr Millar will draw it for you, exactly as it was’: Stone, Ink, and British Museum Artefacts in Print
Dr Eleanor Dobson (University of Birmingham)
4:10 - 4:50pmDiscussion
4:50pmClosing Remarks from the DECR Committee, Association for Art History
 


Day 2: Thursday 21 October, 11am - 5pm

11:00amWelcome
Dr Clare O’Dowd (Research Curator, Henry Moore Institute)
Nick Thurston (Associate Professor in Fine Art, University of Leeds), and Association for Art History’s DECR Committee
11:10am - 12:45pmPanel 3: Fiction
Chair: Genevieve Fox (University of Surrey)
 Sherlock Holmes and the Life Cycle of Plaster Casts Sculpture
Toni Rutherford (Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art)
 Getting Sculptures to Talk
Linden Hibbert (University of East Anglia)
 Space and Place: Art in the Park
Intergenerational Creative Writing Workshops for Sculpture Parks
Deborah Chagal Friedland (Independent)
 ‘Hammered Iron Statues': Industrial Material and the Body of the Coal Miner in 1930s Britain
Tobah Aukland-Peck (City University New York)
12:15 - 12:45pmDiscussion
12:45 - 1:15pmBreak
1:15 - 2:50pmPanel 4: Materiality and Form
Chair: Lynn Somers (Independent)
 Evelyn de Morgan and the Sculptural Transformation of Medusa
Emily McConkey (University of Ottawa)
 Anselm Kiefer: Wounded Pages of Memory
Christos Kakouros (University of St Andrews)
 The Impossibility of Writing a Sculpture or Reading Impossible Sculptures
Kate McLeod (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee)
 Sculpture as Loop/Loop as Sculpture: The Actions of Making
Ilsa Colsell (Kingston School of Art)
2:20 - 2:50pmDiscussion
2:50 - 3:30pmBreak
3:30 - 4:10pmKeynote Lecture
Writing and Making, Writing as Making
Hannah Black (Independent Artist, New York)
4:10 - 4:50pmDiscussion
4:50pmClosing Remarks from the DECR Committee, Association for Art History


Paper abstracts and speakers' bios

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Panel 1: Poetry

 
 
 
 

Panel 2: Cultural Memory

 
 
 
 

Panel 3: Fiction

 
 
 
 

Panel 4: Materiality and Form

 
 
 
 

Keynote Lectures

 
 


Sculpture & Poetry Research Season

This six-month research season celebrates practitioners and scholars who explore the connections between poetry and sculpture and have developed critical or imaginative ways of turning our attention to them. It brings together two academic conferences and four public discussions between renowned artists and poets.

See all Sculpture & Poetry Research Season events


Sculpture & Poetry microsite

A free-to-access, dynamic microsite, developed with our media partner Corridor8, forms a digital archive for this season.

It serves as a searchable resource for the whole programme as it grows, creates connections between content and themes, and includes comprehensive bios and reference material.

sculpture-poetry.net

 

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