Archipenko lecture to be held Oct. 8 at the Palmer Museum of Art

October 05, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Maria Elena Versari, visiting assistant professor of art history at Carnegie Mellon University, will present a lecture titled "Archipenko's Constructed Modernity," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Palmer Museum of Art's Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.

At the end of the 19th century, sculpture became an experiential site in which a variety of scientific theories were combined and collapsed into a new attitude toward materiality and object making. This talk will address the role that Alexander Archipenko played in redefining the importance of matter and materials in artistic practice and highlight how his work helped establish a new canon of modernity in sculpture.

Versari's presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.

The exhibition "Archipenko: A Modern Legacy," which offers a fresh assessment of Alexander Archipenko, a pioneer of modern sculpture, will be on display in the Palmer Museum of Art through Dec. 13.

"Archipenko: A Modern Legacy" was organized by International Arts & Artists of Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Archipenko Foundation.

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays. 

  • Archipenko lecture will take place on Oct. 8 at the Palmer Museum of Art.

    Archipenko lecture will take place on Oct. 8 at the Palmer Museum of Art.

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  • © 2015 Estate of Alexander Archipenko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    Alexander Archipenko, "Walking Soldier," 1917, executed c. 1954, paint and wood. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Gift of the Archipenko Collection. © 2015 Estate of Alexander Archipenko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    IMAGE: © 2015 Estate of Alexander Archipenko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
  • © 2015 Estate of Alexander Archipenko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    Alexander Archipenko, "Queen of Sheba," 1961, bronze. Private collection. Alexander Archipenko © 2015 Estate of Alexander Archipenko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    IMAGE: © 2015 Estate of Alexander Archipenko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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