Presented by the Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library, this two-day symposium will showcase how approaches to collecting and displaying sculpture have varied and changed over the centuries, from the Kunstkammer of late Renaissance princes, to the sculpture galleries of the eighteenth century, to garden sculpture ensembles and, finally to the challenges of displaying sculpture in public museums.
The symposium is made possible through the support of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.
FRIDAY, 19 May 2017
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ian Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection
Inge Reist, Director, Center for the History of Collecting,Frick Art Reference Library
What Do We Mean by a “Sculpture Collection”?
Malcolm Baker, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Riverside
wunderkammer and kunstkammer—mixing the media
The Collecting of Small Bronze Sculptures in Renaissance Italy
Jeremy Warren, Honorary Curator of Sculpture, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and Sculpture Research Curator, The National Trust
Porcelain As Sculpture: Medium, Materiality, and the Categories of Eighteenth-Century Collecting
Michael Yonan, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Missouri
Messy History? Sculpture Collecting and the Kunstkammer
Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Questions from the Audience
SATURDAY, 20 May 2017
Inge Reist, Director, Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library
Garden sculptures as collections
Versailles, Marly, Dresden: Magnificence and Its Limits
Betsy J. Rosasco, Research Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Princeton University Art Museum
Gentlemen Prefer Bronze: Garden Sculpture and Sculpture. Gardens in Eighteenth-Century England
Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word & Image, Victoria and Albert Museum
Staging Statues: The Challenge of the Group
Jeffrey Collins, Professor, Bard Graduate Center
The “Gallerie du S.r Girardon Sculpteur Ordinaire du Roy”
Anne-Lise Desmas, Curator and Department Head of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Lunch on your own
Myth, Memory and Marble: The Country House Sculpture Galler in the Post-Napoleonic Period
Alison Yarrington, Professor of Art History and Dean of the School of Arts, English, Drama and Publishing, Loughborough University
The changing place of sculpture in the public museum
The Problem of Sculpture in the Public Museum
Andrew McClellan, Professor of Art History, Tufts University
The Legacy of William Valentiner in Shaping the Display of European Sculpture in American Museums, 1900-present: Case Studies
Alan P. Darr, Senior Curator of the European Art Department and
Walter B. Ford II Family Curator of European Sculpture & Decorative Arts, Detroit Institute of Arts
James Fenton and Ian Wardropper in Conversation: Collecting Sculpture for Private and Public Collections during the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries
Tickets for both days are $50 ($35 for members); single-day tickets are $30 ($25 for members).
CONF: Sculpture Collecting and Display, 1600-2000 (New York, 19-20 May 17). In: ArtHist.net, May 14, 2017 (accessed Jun 30, 2022), <https://arthist.net/archive/15527>.