Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar), in association with the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), will present a lecture by one of the most significant American sculptors in his generation, Richard Serra, on Thursday 10 April 2014 at 12 pm at the atrium at VCUQatar.
Open to the public, the lecture will focus on Richard Serra’s bodies of work in sculpture and drawing, including his large-scale, site-specific sculptures for architectural, urban and landscape settings, which have been celebrated around the globe.
QMA has invited Serra to exhibit in two cultural spaces in Doha, at the Al Riwaq Doha Exhibition space where visitors will be able to experience ‘Passage of Time’ conceived specifically for the space, and at the QMA Gallery in Katara Cultural Village where a selection of seven sculptures and four large drawings reflect the main stages in the development of Serra’s work. The exhibitions are curated by Alfred Pacquement, honorary director, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris and run from 10 April to 6 July 2014.
Serra’s work has been shown in numerous museum solo exhibitions such as in Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1977; Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1984; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1986 and again in 2007 and in other Museums in Europe, USA and Latin America. Serra has participated in several Documenta in Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982 and 1987) and in the Venice Biennales of 1984, 2001 and 2013. In 2005 eight large-scale works were installed permanently at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. A traveling survey of Serra’s drawings was on view in 2011-12 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Menil Collection, Houston. Spanning the past 40 years, Serra has received a number of important public and private commissions worldwide, many permanent such as 7 for the Museum of Islamic Art Park and East-West/West-East for the Brouq Nature Reserve that opened in April 2014.
VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting and printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design studies.