Past Events

Monday, February 11, 2008, 6:30 PM

Subjective Histories of Sculpture II: Huma Bhabha

Theresa Lang Center at The New School55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City

Huma Bhabha, Museum without Walls, 2005.

SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents a series of artist-led lectures: Subjective Histories of Sculpture II. This lecture series furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture - its history and its legacies. Three artists at various stages of their career have been invited to present their own take on art history. They cite as examples specific works, bodies of work, texts, or even personal anecdotes - taken from inside and outside cultural production, and inside and outside "art." These subjective, incomplete, partial, or otherwise eclectic histories question assumptions and examine ways of viewing the old and the new. They also propose structures that lend themselves to understanding sculpture's evolving strategies through an observation of behaviors, dreams, and mistakes over the course of human civilization. Subjective Histories of Sculpture II is the second edition of SculptureCenter Lectures at The New School, inaugurated in 2006.

Huma Bhabha was born in 1962 in Pakistan. She has gained widespread recognition for her raw, sculptural forms that evoke primeval, ritualistic personages, or conversely, inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic world. Her sculptures combine organic, traditional materials with industrial products and the ready-made. Bhabha's practice occupies the space where the amorphous and the material collide; her figures seem to point to the very materials that compose them, while toying with histories of representation in a moment of suspended time. Huma Bhabha's work was featured in USA Today: New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2006), as well as Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. She lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York.