Symposia & Conferences

January 27, 2018

An in-depth discussion about the origins of creativity in the human mind presented in conjunction with a groundbreaking 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.

Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, this symposium offers students a chance to take the Nasher Prize Laureate’s work as inspiration for their own scholarly and creative work. Student presentations and an accompanying publication expand scholarship on the field of contemporary sculpture and its many forms.

Stories from the French Sculpture Census
February 21, 2015

From beloved works by Matisse and Rodin in museums to American icons like the Statue of Liberty, French sculpture has had an indelible impact on the cultural landscape of the U.S. In celebration of a website that reveals the extent of this shared history, Laure de Margerie and panelists from the project’s international partner institutions share stories of works drawn from the database of the French Sculpture Census.

Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943–1963, and Its Legacy
September 21, 2013

Organized to coincide with the public opening of the exhibition Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fontana, Melotti, Miró, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943–1963, this symposium offers a number of new perspectives on the often-overlooked, yet ground-breaking work in fired clay of some of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Painter as Sculptor
March 17, 2007

Matisse: Painter as Sculptor was organized thematically around a core group of more than 40 of Matisse’s great sculptural masterworks, complemented with a selection of related works on paper, paintings, and original photographs of the artist at work. These groupings helped to illuminate the evolution of Matisse’s creative process, and reveal the dialogue between the two- and three-dimensional in his oeuvre.

Intention, Appearance and Interpretation in Modern Sculpture
October 22 - 23, 2004

The Nasher marked its first anniversary with an interdisciplinary conference focused on issues of interpretation and meaning surrounding the variability of physical states in modern sculpture. Co-organized with the J. Paul Getty Museum and funded by the J. Paul Getty Trust, the conference brought together over 130 art historians, conservators and curators for a fruitful exchange of ideas and information.