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150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series—From Rodin to Brancusi: 100 Years of Sculpture

With Curator of Education Mariann Smith

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 11:15 am

Constantin Brancusi (French, born Romania, 1876–1957). Mademoiselle Pogany II, 1920. Bronze, 17 1/4 x 7 x 10 inches (43.8 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm), on base: 7 x 8 1/2 x 9 inches (17.8 x 21.6 x 22.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Charlotte A. Watson Fund, 1927. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

FREE for Members / FREE with Gallery admission for non-members

This lecture will follow sculpture from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, featuring both artists who were associated with various early twentieth-century styles and those who cannot be classified. Auguste Rodin—most famous for his sculpture The Thinker—influenced artists like Aristide Maillol and Gaston Lachaise. Constantin Brancusi went his own way, abstracting forms such as the human head and birds to the point that one of his sculptures ended up in court in New York, at the center of a debate around the definition of art. Henry Moore united the female figure and landscape in elegant sculptures in wood and bronze. And Isamu Noguchi combined his Japanese and American heritages in graceful and expressive abstract creations.

About the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series

This lecture series, held every two years in conjunction with the Education Department’s docent training course, will cover the history of art from the mid-nineteenth century through 2012. Curator of Education Mariann Smith and Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector will focus on works in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection as they cover both the art and the history of the past 150 years. The series continues through Saturday, March 16, 2013. Doors for all lectures open at 11 am. View Full Schedule