TrAIN Open Lecture - Sophie O’Brien and Michael Asbury – Lygia Pape: Magnetised Space

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Lygia Pape at the National Exhibition of Concrete Art, 1956. Published in Cruzeiro magazine. Vintage photography. Projeto Lygia Pape © Projeto Lygia Pape and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

TrAIN Open Lecture – Sophie O’Brien and Michael Asbury – LYGIA PAPE: MAGNETISED SPACE

This event is free and open to all but places are limited so please RSVP to the TrAIN Administrator, Nick (

In light of the forthcoming exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery “Lygia Pape: Magnetized Space” (7 December 2011 – 19 February 2012) curator Sophie O’Brien and Michael Asbury discuss the work of the Brazilian artist, from her early concrete and neo-concrete experiments during the 1950s to the radicalisation of artistic practices that Pape undertook together with her colleagues Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark.

Sophie O’Brien is an Exhibitions Curator at the Serpentine Gallery. Previously, she has worked as a Curator for Contemporary and British Art at Tate Britain, Co-curator & Exhibitions Manager for the Australian Pavilion at Venice Biennale, Head of Exhibitions at the Sydney Biennale, Curator at Artspace Sydney and curated an annual Australian festival of international contemporary art from 1999 – 2001.

Michael Asbury is a Reader in the history and theory of art at CCW-UAL and a member of the TrAIN research centre.

Upcoming Open Lectures
Wednesday 25th January (co-hosted with Graduate School) – Dr Ethel Brooks, Fullbright Visiting Distinguished Chair (in partnership with the Tate Gallery)
Wednesday 8th February – Guy Brett and Chris Dercon – Remembering Hélio Oiticica’s 1992 Retrospective
Wednesday 7th March – Jacopo Scriveli – Just the Walking: drifting as artistic practice from the ’60s until today
Wednesday 25th April – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 9th May – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 23rd May – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 6th June – Luis Camnitzer – Title TBC

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