International Conference - 1913: A Year in the Life of Sculpture (2013)

Henry Moore Institute, 26 January 2013

The one-day conference 1913: A Year in the Life of Sculpture was co-convened by Professor Michael White (University of York) and Dr Jon Wood (Research Curator, Henry Moore Institute), responding to the exhibition 1913: The Shape of Time (HMI, 22 November 2012 - 17 February 2013).

The symposium focused on the public life of the sculptural achievements of 1913, addressing key moments in its exhibition and display; in the textual and photographic circulation of its proposals; and in its art critical promotion and reception across Europe and across languages. It focused on single manifestations: an exhibition, a text, a poem, a manifesto, a performance, an event – all of which connect with the meaning of sculpture in this year.

Sessions were chaired by Dr Wood, Professor White and Professor Linda Dalrymple Henderson (The University of Texas at Austin).

Papers were the following:

Dr Patrick Elliott (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)
'Emile Antoine Bourdelle's Champs Elysées theatre reliefs and figurative sculpture in 1913'

Dr Alexandra Parigoris (Independent scholar)
'Disseminating objects of rarity: the publication of Picasso's cubist assemblages in Les Soirées de Paris'

Professor Michael White (University of York)
'Theorizing Abstraction and Sculpture in 1913'

Professor Mark Antliff (Duke University)
'Jacob Epstein's Tomb of Oscar Wilde: Anarchism and Art for Insurrection's Sake, c. 1913'

Professor Christopher Townsend (Royal Holloway University)
'Dancing Queen: Body, Light and Movement in the Bal Bullier, 1913: Sonia Delaunay-Terk's Robe simultané'

Professor Christina Lodder (University of Kent)
'Victory over the Sun and Re-defining Sculpture in Russia'


[Published April 2017]

Main image: '1913: The Shape of Time' at the Henry Moore Institute: detail of photograph by sculptor Oleksii Zolotariov (, reproduced by permission.

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