Allan McCollum. Perfect Vehicles. 1988/89. Acrylic enamel on glass fiber reinforced concrete.

<i>Part Object Part Sculpture</i> Symposium

The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.

To register, please call 614 292-6493 or e-mail with your name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation (if applicable), number attending, and days you plan to attend.


9:30 am
Welcome and remarks

10 am–12 pm
Session One: A Different Kind of Readymade

Part Object Part Sculpture presents a very different model of the readymade, one that is handmade, bodily, and erotic, and a narrative that runs counter to the more prevalent understanding of the readymade as an industrially produced object that sets into motion the logic of minimalism and conceptual art. This session seeks to further unpack the implications of rethinking the readymade in specific and the oeuvre of Marcel Duchamp more generally.

David Joselit, Professor of History of Art, Yale University
David Deitcher, Independent scholar and writer
Rachel Haidu, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, University of Rochester

Moderator: Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator of Exhibitions, Wexner Center for the Arts and curator of Part Object Part Sculpture

1:30–2:30 pm
Gallery Conversation with Louise Neri, independent curator and writer, and artist Allan McCollum

3–5 pm
Session Two: Part Object

By entering the erotic and the bodily into the field of postwar sculpture, Part Object Part Sculpture deploys psychoanalysis as a primary methodology for thinking through both object relations and the problem of sculpture. This session further explores the implications of psychoanalysis for the exhibition and specific artists and works.

Rosalind Krauss, University Professor of Modern Art and Theory, Columbia University
Briony Fer, Reader in History of Art, University College, London
Mignon Nixon, Senior Lecturer, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Moderator: Lisa Florman, Associate Professor of History of Art, Ohio State University

5–6:30 pm
Reception for all attendees


10 am–12 pm
Session Three: Part Sculpture

There is no conceivable way that only one methodological apparatus, even one as rich (and as problematic) as psychoanalysis, can encompass the range of sculptural practices deployed by artists in Part Object Part Sculpture. This session seeks other narratives and ways of thinking about object relations and the practice of contemporary sculpture, sometimes in ways that are at odds with the discursive formations of the exhibition.

Stephen Melville, Professor of History of Art, The Ohio State University
Molly Nesbit, Professor of Art, Vassar College
Peggy Phelan, Ann O'Day Maples Chair in the Arts and Professor of Drama, Stanford University

Moderator: Michael Mercil, Associate Professor of Art, The Ohio State University

1:30–2:30 pm
Gallery Conversation with Louise Neri, independent curator and writer, artist Josiah McElheny; and David Weinberg, Professor of Astronomy, The Ohio State University. McElheny developed An End to Modernity, his blown-glass sculpture of the Big Bang featured in Part Object Part Sculpture, during a Wexner Center creative residency in which he worked with several departments on campus, including astronomy.

3–4 pm
Plenary session with all presenters

Artists in the exhibition:
Linda Benglis
Lee Bontecou
Louise Bourgeois
Marcel Broodthaers
Alberto Burri
Marcel Duchamp
Lucio Fontana
Robert Gober
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Eva Hesse
Jasper Johns
Yayoi Kusama
Piero Manzoni
Allan McCollum
Josia McElheny
Bruce Nauman
Gabriel Orozco
Robert Rauchenberg
Cy Twombly
Rachel Whiteread

funding credits for
Part Object Part Sculpture

Major support for this exhibition is generously provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bill and Sheila Lambert, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, and The Trueman Family.

Significant contributions are also made by Mary G. and C. Robert Kidder, Joyce and Charles Shenk, Triumph International Spiesshofer & Braun Kommanditgesellschaft, Altria Group Inc., Nimoy Foundation, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, and Nancy and David Gill.

Additional funding is provided by Constance R. Caplan, Greater Columbus Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation, and Wexner Center members.

Preferred accommodations:
The Blackwell Inn

image credits

Allan McCollum
Perfect Vehicles, 1988/89


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dates and times
Fri, Nov 18 / 9:30 am-5 pm
Sat, Nov 19 / 10 am-4 pm
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Allan McCollum
Perfect Vehicles, 1988/89

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