360 Speaker Series: Symposium

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone

January 27, 2018
1 - 4 pm

Join us for an in-depth discussion about the origins of creativity in the human mind on opening weekend of a groundbreaking new exhibition curated by an artist and an anthropologist. First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone presents prehistoric handaxes and figure stones as evidence of the earliest forms of artistic intention among our ancient ancestors.

Open to the public. FREE with admission. FREE for Members and students. 

Panelists Include

Tony Berlant, Artist, Exhibition Co-Curator

Richard Deacon, Artist

Naama Goren-Inbar, Professor, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem

John Gowlett, Professor, Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool

Thomas Wynn, Distinguished Professor, Department of Archaeology at The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Exhibition Co-Curator

Leanne Young, Executive Director, Center for BrainHealth, a part of the University of Texas at Dallas

Lee Cullum, Panel Moderator

In conjunction with the First Sculpture Symposium, in May 2018 the Perot Museum will host a lecture on the tools of early man in celebration of the reopening of Being Human Hall. 


Presenting Sponsor: Martha and Max Wells.

The 360 videography project is supported by Suzanne and Ansel Aberly: this support enables digital recording of all 360 Speaker Series programs and the creation of an online archive for learners of all ages. 

Additional support for 360 Speaker Series provided by Sylvia Hougland and gifts given in her memory.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone is made possible by the Eugene McDermott Foundation and the Lyda Hill Foundation, with additional support provided by Nancy O’Boyle, Betty Regard and the Museum of Street Culture.