December 8, 2022

Works on the Floor online symposium

Yale Center for British Art

Richard Long, Quantock Wood Circle, 1981. Installation view, Yale Center for British Art Library Court, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater. Photo: Richard Caspole.

Richard Long’s Quantock Wood Circle (1981) is currently installed in the Yale Center for British Art’s Library Court, where it will be on view through February 19, 2023. The floor sculpture consists of 285 weathered and broken pine branches the artist collected from the Quantock Hills in Somerset, near his hometown of Bristol, England. In Quantock Wood Circle, materials collected while walking are brought into the museum, activating the floor and raising questions about our relationship with space, place, and nature.

Taking Long’s work as a provocation, this online symposium will explore how artists from around the world have exploited the floor to interrogate ideas of embodied viewership, identity, land, and modern sculpture. In doing so, the program aims to offer new frameworks for understanding the conceptual decision to place works on the floor.

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Schedule (all times EST):
Welcome remarks

Panel one: The Body and the Floor

Chair: Joanna Fiduccia, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
Panelists: Pepe Karmel, Professor of Art History, New York University; Shruti Parthasarathy, PhD Student, University of Madison-Wisconsin; Michael Tymkiw, Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Essex, UK

Panel two: Land, City, and the Planet

Chair: Alexis Lowry, Curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York
Panelists: Joy Sleeman, Professor Art History and Theory, Slade School of Art; Elyse Speaks, Associate Professor of the Practice, Modern & Contemporary, Notre Dame; Marin Sullivan, Independent Art Historian

Panel three: Sculptural Dialogues

Chair: Molleen Theodore, Associate Curator of Programs, Yale University Art Gallery
Panelists: John J. Curley, Associate Professor Contemporary Art and Rubin Faculty Fellow, Wake Forest University; Matilde Guidelli-Guidi, Associate Curator, Dia Art Foundation; Jonathan Vernon, Associate Lecturer, Courtauld Institute of Art

Artist conversation
Karla Black talks with Rachel Stratton, Curatorial Postdoctoral Associate, YCBA

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