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Moore College of Art & Design

1916 Race Street

Graham Auditorium

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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One of the most influential sculptors working today, Ursula von Rydingsvard will share insight into her motivation, inspiration, and emotion that drives her artistic practice. A master of large-scale cedar sculpture, von Rydingsvard will also talk about her studio practice, material explorations, and collaborative work. Following von Rydingsvard’s lecture, exhibition curator Mark Rosenthal will engage von Rydingsvard in a deep conversation to reveal the artist’s vulnerability and instinct that compel her work.

About the Artist

Ursula von Rydingsvard was born in 1942 in Deensen, Germany. Her first monumental work in hand-pounded copper, URODA, was permanently installed at Princeton University (2015), followed by her largest public sculpture in bronze, SCIENTIA, at MIT (2015). A new permanent installation is forthcoming at Stanford University in 2018. Her permanent sculptures are in such collections as the North Carolina Museum of Art, Bloomberg Corporation, and Barclays Center. Her work is part of over 30 museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI. She has received honors including the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the Guggenheim Fellowship, three awards from the American section of the International Association of Art Critics, the International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The artist lives in New York City and works in Brooklyn.

About the Curator

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling is being organized by Mark Rosenthal, an independent curator based in New York. Rosenthal has had a distinguished career in museum work, having served as Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery, Washington, DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition, he has been an Adjunct Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Menil Collection, Houston; and the Detroit Institute of Arts. His past exhibitions include Regarding Andy Warhol for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, William Kentridge: Five Themes seen at the Museum of Modern Art, An Odyssey: A Narrative of The Fabric Workshop and Museum for FWM, and Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit for the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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