Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are the subjects for each of the four HMI Wednesday evening talks in March 2009. This series of talks will sit tangentially in relation to two concurrent HMI exhibitions - Box Body Burial: the sculptural imagination of Keith Arnatt and Asta Gröting Sculpture: 1987-2008. Each speaker will make the topic their own with reference to the treatment of these 'elements' by a number of sculptural-conceptual practices from the 1960s into the present.
March 4th, Anna Lovatt (University of Nottingham), Earth
Dr Anna Lovatt is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Nottingham. Following a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Henry Moore Foundation in 2005-06, she has continued to develop her research on the role of drawing in New York based sculptural practices of the late 1960s and early 70s, and is currently working on a book on that topic.
March 11th, Tim Etchells (Artist/Forced Entertainment), Air
Tim Etchells is best known for his work as artistic director and writer of the performance ensemble Forced Entertainment, one of the UK's most respected and groundbreaking experimental theatre companies. He has also created diverse projects of his own in a variety of media and written widely about performance and contemporary culture
March 18th, Jens Hoffman (California College of the Arts), Fire
Jens Hoffmann is a writer and curator of exhibitions. He is currently the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He is co-curator of the 2009 2nd San Juan Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His talk, âKeep the Fire Burning', will focus on artists as provocateurs.
March 25th, Mark Godfrey, (Tate), Water
Mark Godfrey is Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Modern. He formerly held the post of lecturer in History and Theory of Art at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. He has published essays on the work of Tacita Dean, Matthew Buckingham, Sharon Lockhart, Fiona Tan, Eva Hesse, and Anri Sala.
All talks will be held in the Henry Moore Institute Seminar Room at 6pm, they are open to all, free of charge, and it is not necessary to book in advance.