The Janus Family: The Axes (of Indices) and Meshes (of Intentionalities) that are the Workings of Sculpture

Henry Moore Institute

The statement that sculpture is ‘the most anthropological of the arts’ is nonsense. Yet it is also true. Hence its assumed status of ‘provocation’. That sculpture’s anthropological aspect should be two (or more)-faced was pondered in this talk. Some falsehoods and truths of the provocation are raised as sculpture’s agency is hinted at through recourse to: 1) its making for and appearance in anthropological institutions; and 2) its Janus-like realisations.

Added to the mix of contradiction and concord is a smattering of anthropological understandings of plastic art as a manifestation of kinships. Nothing conclusive was offered though the conclusion was that ‘twa heids are better than yin’.

Before turning to work in art history Jeremy Howard trained in religious studies and social anthropology. Before that he was a porter in an auction room and an itinerant. He has been at the University of St Andrews since 1984. This condition of stasis allowed him to introduce the teachings of anthropologist Alfred Gell to the art history methodologies course he initiated in St Andrews some time ago.

Wednesday 10 July 2019

18:00 - 20:00

Henry Moore Institute
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