Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction

September 27, 2014

We routinely consider photographic reproductions of sculpture as transparent documents or supplements to the written word. This Symposium, organized by Sarah Hamill and Megan Luke, places this practice under scrutiny by considering how photographs translate sculptural space into two dimensions. Papers will examine how photography, as both an art practice and pictorial tool, mediates the history of sculpture and even informs our perception of sculpture's space. It will also attempt to determine photography’s special role, particularly in relation to writing, in the art history of sculpture.
How does photography narrate a history of sculpture? How does photography picture spatial experience?


In order of discussion

Darby English
Sarah Hamill and Megan Luke
The Soliloquy of the Broom: Framing Things in Nineteenth-Century Photography
Peter Geimer

Photography as Carving: the Folios of Clarence Kennedy
Sarah Hamill
Photospace: Architecture, Sculpture and the Museum
Alina Payne
Sleight of Eye: Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and the Photography of New Sculptural Forms
Anne McCauley

The Art of Pictorial Conversion: Theorizing Translation, Taxonomy, and Authenticity in Africanist-
Modernist Photographic Engagement
Suzanne Preston Blier
Petrified Vision, Animate Wood
Megan Luke
A Virtual Presence in Space
D.N. Rodowick
Sculpture in Perspective
Stephen Melville
Keynote: Photographing Sculpture, Sculpting Photography
Geraldine Johnson

Participants included

Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University
Peter Geimer, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Sarah Hamill, Oberlin College
Geraldine Johnson, University of Oxford
Megan Luke, University of Southern California
Anne McCauley, Princeton University
Stephen Melville, The Ohio State University
Alina Payne, Harvard University
D.N. Rodowick, University of Chicago

Photography and Sculpture