360 Speaker Series: Symposium

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone
January 27, 2018 1 - 4 pm 1/27/2018 12:00 AM 1/27/2018 12:00 AM

An in-depth discussion about the origins of creativity in the human mind on opening weekend of a groundbreaking new exhibition curated by an artist and an anthropologist. First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone presents prehistoric handaxes and figure stones as evidence of the earliest forms of artistic intention among our ancient ancestors.

Part I: Scholarly Presentations 

Genesis of First Sculpture 

Exhibition Co-Curators  Tony Berlant, Artist, and Thomas Wynn, Distinguished Professor, Department of Archaeology at The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 

World of Handaxes 
John Gowlett, Professor, Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool 

Uses of Evidence and the Boxgrove Handaxes 
Richard Deacon, Artist 

Face Perception: Function and Purpose 
Leanne Young, Executive Director, Center for BrainHealth, a part of the University of Texas at Dallas 

The Technology of Large Flake Acheulian 
Naama Goren-Inbar, Professor, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 

Part II: Roundtable Panel Discussion

Moderated by Lee Cullum, Journalist, Host, and Moderator for KERA.



Presenting Sponsor: Martha and Max Wells.

The 360 videography project is supported by Suzanne and Ansel Aberly: this support enables digital recording of all 360 Speaker Series programs and the creation of an online archive for learners of all ages. 

Additional support for 360 Speaker Series provided by Sylvia Hougland and gifts given in her memory.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone is made possible by the Eugene McDermott Foundation and the Lyda Hill Foundation, with additional support provided by Nancy O’Boyle, Betty Regard and the Museum of Street Culture.

In conjunction with the First Sculpture Symposium, in May 2018 the Perot Museum will host a lecture on the tools of early man in celebration of the reopening of Being Human Hall. 

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2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
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