The Nature of Arp Symposium

September 15, 2018

A panel of experts on the life and work of Jean (Hans) Arp gathered on opening weekend of The Nature of Arp for a thoughtful discussion about the work of one of the most important and multifaceted artists of the modern era.

Part I: Scholarly Presentations

Strange Addition: The “Arpocryphal” Cardboard Reliefs
Tessa Paneth-Pollak, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art, Art History, & Design, Michigan State University

Exhibiting Arp: between Abstraction and Surrealism 
Lewis Kachur, Professor of Art History, Kean University

Notes from a couple: Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the 1930s
Walburga Krupp,Research Associate at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste

Considerations of Patina, Historical Record, and Decision-Making in the Conservation of Arp's Metal Sculptures
Emily Hamilton, Associate Conservator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Words without Borders: Arp's Poetry
Eric Robertson, Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London

Part II: Roundtable Panel Discussion

Moderated by Catherine Craft, Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center



Panelist Biographies

Catherine Craft is curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center. A scholar of Abstract Expressionism, Dada and Neo-Dada, she is the author of An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism and Robert Rauschenberg. At the Nasher she curated the 2015 traveling retrospective Melvin Edwards: Five Decades and the 2017 group show Paper into Sculpture and has authored catalogue essays on Katharina Grosse, Rachel Harrison and Isamu Noguchi among others.

Emily Hamilton is the associate objects conservator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and has lectured and published internationally about issues in contemporary art conservation. She holds an MA in conservation from Buffalo State College and a BA in art history from Reed College. Before joining SFMOMA, she worked at MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and archaeological excavations in Italy and Turkey.

Lewis Kachur is professor of art history at Kean University and a scholar of Cubism, Surrealism, and American modernism. Author of Displaying the Marvelous: Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, and Surrealist Exhibition Installations, he is currently at work on a companion volume, Displaying the Contemporary: Installation Art in New York Museums.

Walburga Krupp, former Curator of the Stiftung Hans Arp und Sophie Taeuber-Arp e.V., Rolandswerth, is research assistant at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and one of the editors of Sophie Taeuber-Arps correspondence. She is co-curator for the upcoming Sophie Taeuber-Arp exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Tate Modern, London, in 2020-2021.

Tessa Paneth-Pollak is Director of Exhibition Spaces in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities at Michigan State University. She is currently completing a book manuscript called Definite Means: Modernism’s Cut-Outs, on the work of Auguste Rodin, Jean (Hans) Arp, and Henri Matisse.

Eric Robertson is Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. An expert on the European artistic and literary avant-gardes, especially Dada and Surrealism, his long-standing work on Jean (Hans) Arp led him to co-curate the international exhibition Arp: The Poetry of Forms and co-author the accompanying book with Frances Guy. He is also the author of Writing Between the Lines: René Schickele, citoyen français, deutscher Dichter 1883-1940, Arp: Painter, Poet, Sculptor and a forthcoming book on Blaise Cendrars.


The Nature of Arp is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District (DTPID). Additional support provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger, Charlene and Tom Marsh, the Ruthie and Jay Pack Family Foundation, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

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. 

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