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Sculptor Richard Serra to discuss his work, Oct. 9

Richard Serra, the eminent sculptor whose "Hedgehog and the Fox" is installed near Fine Hall, will show slides and talk about his work at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in McCosh 50. The public is invited to this event, sponsored by the Humanities Council .

The winner of the Gold Medal for Sculpture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Serra worked in steel mills to finance his studies at Berkeley and Santa Barbara. Later he studied painting at Yale.

Since 1966 he has been creating sculpture out of nontraditional materials, prompting Robert Hughes to call him "the steel-drivin' man of American sculpture." Serra's works often spark controversy. "Tilted Arc" (1981), a 120-foot steel wall in New York City, was removed after public protest. Serra acknowledges that his sculpture may startle people because "it's finally off the pedestal, people can walk around it, they can walk into it, they can do what they want with it."

Serra's "Hedgehog," dedicated last fall, invites viewers to be participants, to enter into its flowing curves, become decentered and transform their sense of space and sky. This piece, like Serra's "Torqued Ellipses," shares an artistic kinship with Frank Gehry's bold architectural shapes.

As the Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, Serra joins a distinguished tradition of eminent writers and artists, including Merce Cunningham, Nadine Gordimer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Eudora Welty, Roy Lichtenstein, Arthur Miller and Maurice Sendak, who have come to Princeton through a program created in memory of Chauncey Belknap of the class of 1912.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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