Sculpture on the Threshold – Paul Mellon Centre Lectures 2015

Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery

By Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain

Copyright © 2014 The Paul Mellon Centre, All rights reserved.

Weekly from 19th – 16th February 2015, 6.30pm-7.30pm

This series of five lectures takes a wide-ranging look at the underlying forms of sculpture.  Focusing on four key aspects – the vertical, the horizontal, the closed and the open – the lectures explore sculptural forms across time, and suggest fundamental continuities.  Taking examples from the early medieval to the present, and looking at utilitarian as well as idealising formulae, the series suggests that we bring a deep subliminal understanding to our experience of sculpture, and that sculpture occupies a position on the physical and conceptual threshold of our familiar world.

Monday 19 JanuaryThe Vertical: From Nelson’s Column to the Ruthwell Monument’

Monday 26 January – ‘The Horizontal: From Westminister Abbey to Keith Arnatt’

Monday 2 February – ‘The Closed: From Pandora’s Box to Damien Hirst’

Monday 9 February – ‘The Open: From Martin Creed to Castle Howard’

Monday 16 February – ‘The Ensemble: From Bethan Huws to Rilke’s Rodin’

Tickets can be bought via The National Gallery website