Sarah Lucas, Eating a Banana, 1990. Black-and-white photograph, 41 3/8 × 44 3/8 in (105 × 112.8 cm). © Sarah Lucas. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Bringing together scholars, writers, and artists, this panel will explore strands of Surrealism, psychoanalysis, sexuality, and abjection in Sarah Lucas’s recastings of the human form. Panelists will consider expressions of desire, disgust, violence, intimacy, and humor in Lucas’s corporeal sculptures, as well as their currency in a new era of contested gender politics. The conversation will respond to the exhibition “Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel.” which occupies the three main floors of the New Museum and brings together more than 150 works in photography, sculpture, and installation to reveal the breadth and ingenuity of Lucas’s practice. Like the exhibition, the conversation will address the ways in which Lucas’s works engage with crucial debates about gender and power along with the legacy of Surrealism—from her clever transformations of everyday objects to her exploration of sexual ambiguity and the tension between the familiar and the disorienting or absurd.