Works on the Floor Symposium

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 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 event aims to offer new frameworks for understanding the conceptual decision to place works on the floor.

Schedule: Friday, December 16, 2022
8:50-9:00am (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
Panel Two: Land, City, and Planet
Chair: Alexis Lowry, Curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York
Panel Three: Sculptural Dialogues
Chair: Molleen Theodore, Associate Curator of Programs,
Yale University Art Gallery
Artist Conversation:
Karla Black talks with Rachel Stratton, Curatorial Postdoctoral Associate, Yale Center for British Art

This event is online and free to attend, but you must register to receive the link.

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