Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Upcoming: History of Sculpture Tour at the Metropolitan Museum

Sculpture is designed to be seen in the round. What better way to learn the history of sculpture than to take a tour of works in the remarkable collection of the Metropolitan Museum, where you can walk around each work as you learn its significance? In the span of 2 to 2.5 hours (including a break), this course will give you an overview of the major innovations in the history of Western sculpture, ranging from works created in Ancient Mesopotamia to those created by Auguste Rodin. The aim is to give you an appreciation of the brilliant sculptors who achieved this progress. Incidentally, once the tour is finished you'll also be able to recognize works from every major period. In the course of the tour, we'll address questions such as: What promotes innovation, and what stifles it? How can you remember what a work of art looks like once you've walked into another gallery? How can you tell that an innovator has been at work, even if his original works are lost? Upcoming dates: Saturday 2/23/08 at 10 a.m. Wednesday 2/27/08 at 10 a.m. Sunday 3/2/08, 1 p.m. Tuesday 3/4/08 at 1 p.m. To sign up or to hear a sample MP3 segment, visit The lecture fee of $25 (2 for $40) is payable in cash at the beginning of the lecture, and does not include the donation for admission to the Museum.

1 comment:

Robert said...

Thank you so much for telling us about this tour. I am very pleased to see that a major Art Museum is spending some energy on Sculpture.

I hope you will agree that sculpture did not end with Rodin. Since his death in 1917, figure sculpture and many other stypes (new word for type/ style) of sculpture, have been created and hidden from view. (see Chris Miller’s website of 20th and 21st Century Masters of Figure Sculpture here ).

A lot of figure and other work produced since 1900 is superior to Rodin and his predecessors using stypes and new materials which they were not aware of. They will have their day in the future no doubt.

Thank you again; I will advertise your tour on my own blog Dorset Sculpture.