Exploring Modern Sculpture

Ref: C3839965

Duchamp’s conceptual ideas about the ‘Readymade’ profoundly influenced the sculpture of the 1960s and 1970s. This course will explore the ‘expanding field’ of sculptural practice in the period when ‘body art’ performance, and site-specific work transformed the idea of the ‘sculptural object’.

Course aim

An introduction to Modern sculpture from the period 1950 – 1980. The course will cover ten themed sessions over ten weeks, including a field-trip to a local art gallery.

Who is the course for?

The course is for everyone and for all abilities. No experience necessary. The course is aimed at anyone wishing to find out more about sculpture and sculptors during the period 1950 – 1980.

What topics will this course cover

1.The Legacy of Duchamp: ‘The Readymade’ 2.Body as Material: Performance Sculpture 3.Land Art and Site-specific Sculpture 4.Arte Povera 5.Tate Liverpool exhibition 6.Minimalist Sculpture 7. Caro and Sculpture at St. Martins 8.Unmonumental: Nauman, Tuttle, Long, Gilbert and George 9.’When Attitudes Become Form’ 1969 10.’The Condition of Sculpture’ 1975

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1.Describe four key artworks of the period 2.Describe three key movements of the period 3. Describe the work of two key sculptors of the period

How will I know I'm making progress?

The tutor will inform students on further reading or using the internet to access relevant resources. They will been encouraged to write a short piece of writing on a topic from the period or present a short presentation, although this is optional.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

There will be reading list provided in the course guide. No preparation is necessary.

Reading and information sources

No preparation is necessary.

What could the course lead to?

Self-led visits to galleries, other WEA courses that compliment the course. Further or Higher Education.

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Exploring Modern Sculpture Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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