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    Figuring Absence: The Waning of the Body in Contemporary Art

    Presented by at Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    December 15, 2012


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    Figuring Absence: The Waning of the Body in Contemporary Art

    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...

    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.


    Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    485 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    Free with price of admission. Admission is free for MA residents on Saturdays before noon.



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