Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 4:30pm
VCU Student Commons Theater
This lecture is co-sponsored by the VCUarts Dean’s Office and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with the exhibition, Diana Al-Hadid: Trace of the Fictional Third on view March 10 – September 2, 2012.
“Al-Hadid makes complex sculptures that seem in a state of flux, suggesting both incompletion and decay. Underlying her large-scale, baroque forms are a wide array of influences, including ancient Biblical and mythological narratives, Arab oral traditions, Gothic church construction, Western painting, Islamic ornamentation, and scientific advances in physics and astronomy. The exhibition features a single new monumental sculpture—Trace of a Fictional Third—that interweaves landscape, architecture, and the human figure. It is accompanied by a selection of new, heavily worked graphite drawings that shed light on Al-Hadid’s creative process. Al-Hadid received her MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and currently lives and works in New York.”