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Nov. 27, 2002
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
Nathanson Discusses Contemporary
Trends in Sculpture at EMU, Dec. 3
YPSILANTI Whether its a traditional bronze stand-alone
structure or the new interactive medium of video, sculpture is an art form that
is rapidly changing. Eastern Michigan University will welcome Jeff Nathanson,
president and executive director of the International Sculpture Center, who
will present Defining Sculpture: A Discussion for the Twenty-first Century
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., in 107-108 Ford Hall. The public is invited to this
Sculpture is a dynamic field. Its more complex than three or four
decades ago and has become an umbrella for non two-dimensional art, said
He cites the Tower of Light tribute to the World Trade Center as
an example of the revolution in art caused by technology. Light has become a
new medium for sculpture, he said.
Sculpture has become more interactive. You can walk into sculpture, include
animals and use bulldozers to create large-scale structures. Theres a
lot going on. The definition of sculpture is expanding, said Julie Myers,
EMU professor of art history.
Prior to his current position at the ISC, Nathanson was executive director
of the Richmond Art Center in the San Francisco Bay area. He received the Arts
Recognition Award from the Contra Costa County Arts Commission in 1999.
Nathanson travels abroad frequently to monitor international developments in
sculpture. For the past 20-years, he has been a curator of contemporary art
exhibitions at galleries in the San Francisco Bay area.
The ISC is the nerve center for sculptors in the United States, said Myers.
It promotes the understanding and advancement of sculpture, and its contribution
to society. Among it activities, the ISC organizes international sculpture conferences,
publishes Sculpture Magazine and hosts juried exhibitions. For more information,
contact Myers at 487.1213 or John DeHoog at 487.0192.