Figuring Absence: The Waning of the Body in Contemporary Art
December 15, 2012
Taylor Walsh, PhD candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Focusing on a variety of works from the Art Museums’ contemporary holdings, this talk will chart the treatment of the body in the postwar period, in which the human ?gure has remained a persistent if uncanny presence. From the limbs-cum-piping of Robert Gober’s sink to the ominous damage represented in Doris Salcedo’s chair, the body is pictured in the act of disappearing, ?gured as proxy, as part-object, as vestige, as trace.
Free with price of admission. Admission is free for MA residents on Saturdays before noon.
Gallery talks are informal and include discussion. Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.