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Figuring Absence: The Waning of the Body in Contemporary Art

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1999–2010, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1999–2010, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.

Saturday, December 15, 2012
11:00am – 12:00pm

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Figuring Absence: The Waning of the Body in Contemporary Art
Gallery Talk

Taylor Walsh, PhD candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Focusing on a variety of works from the Art Museums’ contemporary holdings, this talk will chart the treatment of the body in the postwar period, in which the human figure has remained a persistent if uncanny presence. From the limbs-cum-piping of Robert Gober’s sink to the ominous damage represented in Doris Salcedo’s chair, the body is pictured in the act of disappearing, figured as proxy, as part-object, as vestige, as trace.

Free with price of admission. Admission is free for MA residents on Saturdays before noon.

Gallery talks are informal and include discussion. Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.

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