Sculpture and Photography: The Art Object in Reproduction

Sculpture and Photography: The Art Object in Reproduction


September 27, 2014

9:30 AM-5:30 PM


225 South St Williamstown, MA 01267

This symposium—convened by Megan Luke, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Southern California, and Sarah Hamill, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Oberlin College—will explore the intersections between sculpture and photography to assess the current roles of photographic reproduction in art historical writing and the impacts of new media on art practices.

We routinely consider photographic reproductions of sculpture as transparent documents or supplements to the written word. This symposium places this practice under scrutiny by asking considering how photographs translate sculptural space into two dimensions. The symposium will examine how photography, as both an art practice and pictorial tool, mediates the history of sculpture and even informs our perception of sculpture's space. It will also attempt to determine photography’s special role, particularly in relation to writing, in the art history of sculpture. The symposium is framed around two interrelated questions: how does photography narrate a history of sculpture; how does photography picture spatial experience?

Participants include: Suzanne Blier, Harvard University; Peter Geimer, Freie Universität Berlin; Geraldine Johnson, University of Oxford; Anne McCauley, Princeton University; Stephen Melville, Ohio State University (Emeritus); Alina Payne, Harvard University; and David Rodowick, University of Chicago.