Being Human seminar: Clare Johnson

On Wednesday 18th March 2020, 13.00 – 17.00, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting a seminar to accompany the exhibition Being Human

Dr Peter Dent, University of Bristol
Dr Clare Johnson, University of the West of England
Tania Moore, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art
Dr Chris Stephens, Holburne Art Gallery 

Can art capture what it is to be human, from the living, desired and desiring body to rage and torment? Being Human explores the revolutions of modernist sculpture in Britain from Epstein and Gaudier-Brzeska at the turn of the century to the postwar ‘Geometry of Fear’ artists dealing with the aftermath of war. Being Human examines changing attitudes to beauty, identity, emotions and sexuality and features contemporary work by Yeesookyung, Mary Reid Kelley and Wood and Harrison that hold a light to contemporary attitudes to humanity and selfhood.

This seminar will develop the above themes, focusing on the portrayal of the body in modern sculpture, exploring how sculpture is uniquely placed to embody the human form, while problematizing the male gaze. With case studies based on individual artists this will be of interest to anyone interested in British sculpture in the 20th century.

Tickets to the event can be booked here.