U.Va. Art Museum to Host Henry Moore Foundation Director for Blizzard Lecture on March 31

March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011 — The University of Virginia Art Museum will host Richard Calvocoressi, director of the Henry Moore Foundation, for its annual Gladys S. Blizzard Lecture on March 31.

Calvocoressi's lecture, "Henry Moore Postwar: The Sculptor Goes Public," will be held at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153. During the lecture, Calvocoressi will discuss both Moore's working method in the production of large-scale sculpture and the meaning of public sculpture within the development of his art. He will also discuss Moore's role as a public figure and as a spokesman for humanist values in the Cold War period.

The Henry Moore Foundation holds the most important collection of works by the British sculptor, known for his large-scale, abstract bronze sculptures.

Calvocoressi was educated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Prior to his appointment at the Moore Foundation, he was a curator at the Tate Gallery from 1979 to 1987, and director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh from 1987 to 2007.

The U.Va Art Museum has recently installed Moore's "Seated Woman" (1958-59) as the centerpiece of its newly renovated front terrace. The piece is one of Moore's earliest monumental public sculptures, and is on long-term loan from the foundation.

The museum's annual Gladys S. Blizzard Lecture, named in honor of a beloved museum educator and author of the "Come Look With Me" series of children's books about art, brings a prominent member of the art world to Charlottesville. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For information, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail museumoutreach@virginia.edu.

— By Jane Ford

Media Contact

Jane Ford

Senior News Officer U.Va. Media Relations