Front entrance to the Cleveland Museum of art with a pond in the foreground

Keithley Symposium: “Life as an Object: The Thinker as a Prism”

Inspired by Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker, the Keithley Symposium will explore of the birth, lives and afterlives of objects. The event honors the sculpture’s centennial, remarks upon its layered history and includes interdisciplinary conversations about how humans interpret impermanence and what it means to communities through works of art.

The daylong symposium will take place Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Blvd.). It will consist of three panels of scholars, artists, conservators and curators as well as a series of concurrent gallery workshops.

Contemporary American sculptor and installation artist Jim Hodges will present the keynote address Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A. Learn more about his talk, titled “Troubling Thoughts.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Department of Art History and Art. It is free and open to the public.

Register via the Baker-Nord Center events calendar.