What is Sculpture?
Art historian and curator, Anne Wagner, and artist Jessica Stockholder (University of Chicago, Department of Visual Arts) embark on a series of private and public dialogues probing the question "what is sculpture?".
Jessica Stockholder works at the intersection of painting with sculpture. Her work sometimes incorporates the architecture in which it has been conceived, blanketing the floor, scaling walls and ceiling, even spilling out of windows, through doors, and into the surrounding landscape. Her work is energetic, cacophonous, idiosyncratic, and formal - tempering chaos with control. She orchestrates an intersection of pictorial and physical experience, probing how meaning derives from physicality.
Stockholder recently relocated to Chicago assuming a position on the University of Chicago's Department of Visual Arts faculty as Chair. She brings with her twelve years of experience as Director of the Sculpture Department at the Yale School of Art.
Ms. Stockholder received her B.F.A. from the University of Victoria in Canada in 1982, her M.F.A. from Yale University in 1985, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Emily Carr College of Art in 2010.
Stockholder has exhibited widely in North America and Europe, at such venues as the Dia Center for the Arts, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Open Air Museum in Belgium, the Power Plant in Toronto, Canada, the Whitney Museum of American Art; P.S. 1, New York; SITE Santa Fe; the Venice Biennale; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; and Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery in New York. Her work is represented in various collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She has received numerous grants including the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and several grants from the Canada Council.
Anne M. Wagner, Henry Moore Foundation Research Curator at Tate Britain, was for many years a professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, where she remains the Class of 1936 Chair Emerita. Her work has appeared in such journals as Artforum, Representations, October, and The Threepenny Review. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux: Sculptor of the Second Empire, was published in 1986, and Three Artists (Three Women) in 1996. In 2005, her third book, Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture, came out from Yale University Press. A book of her essays, A House Divided: On Recent American Art, was published in 2012. In progress is Behaving Globally, which has been commissioned by Princeton University Press for a new series called Essays on the Arts.
Anne is co-curator of the major exhibition of Lowry landscapes at Tate Britain in 2013 Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life.