Penny W. Stamps Speakers Series

A leader in Brazil’s contemporary art scene, sculptor Ernesto Neto expands the practice of sculpture with physical interaction. Over the last decade, he has achieved international acclaim for dramatic, participatory environments involving biomorphic forms. Though his work is characterized by the use of stretchy, transparent fabric, often weighted with spices, he constantly experiments with other materials and techniques. Underpinning all his work is a continual inquiry into a vast range of subjects, including anthropology, subatomic physics, urban planning, sociology, film and literature. In his work, Neto aims to create "an art that unites, helping us to interact with others, showing us the limits, not as barriers but as a place of sensations and of exchange and continuity."

With support from the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids (UICA) and the U-M Museum of Art (UMMA)

This lecture took place on March 15, 2012 as part of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design's Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

All programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit:


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