Artist Barbara Ségal in Conversation with Professor Paul Kaplan
Barbara Ségal is a sculptor and master stone carver who lives and works in Yonkers, New York. This spring, Ségal’s sculpture Dash (1994) is the focus of an exhibition in the Neuberger Museum’s Open Classroom created by the curatorial cohort of the Department of Art History’s Exhibition course. Taking the form of a bottle of laundry detergent—but made from inlaid marble—Ségal’s Dash demonstrates the artist’s distinctive blend of technical skill and irreverence that speak to the history of sculpture, the politics of mass media, appropriation, and gender.
For this conversation, Ségal will be joined by Purchase College Professor of Art History, Paul Kaplan for a discussion of the artist’s references to Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, how her artistic education in New York, Paris, and Italy continues to shape her practice, and the significance of bringing these techniques together with references to popular and personal imagery.
This program takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Concentrated Power featured in the Neuberger Museum’s Open Classroom in spring 2021 curated by the Art History/M+ Curatorial cohort. This will be the first of two conversations featuring Ségal this spring.