From Skeleton to Skin: Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave

Lecture by Curator Karen Lemmey offers a controversial look at this renowned work

Photo of Hiram Powers' sculpture "Greek Slave"

Hiram Powers (American, 1805 – 1873 ), The Greek Slave, model 1841-1843, carved 1846, Serravezza marble, Corcoran Collection (Gift of William Wilson Corcoran) 2014.79.37

Brooklyn, NY – Dr. Karen Lemmey, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s curator of sculpture, will present a FREE lecture titled “From Skeleton to Skin: Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave” at the Kingsborough Art Museum on November 1 at 2pm. Powers’ Greek Slave (1843) is the most highly acclaimed sculpture of the nineteenth century, so famous that Powers applied for a U.S. patent on the composition.  This lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition Shaping a Vision: American Sculptors in Their Studios, which runs through November 12, 2016 at the Kingsborough Art Museum, located on the Kingsborough Community College campus.

Lemmey organized the exhibition “Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave,” which is on view at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum through July 9, 2017. While conducting her research for the exhibition, she uncovered some previously unknown—and highly controversial—truths about the sculptor’s working methods, which she will share with the audience.

Before joining the Smithsonian’s staff in 2012, she was a research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and served as monuments coordinator for the City of New York’s Parks & Recreation.  Lemmey earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia College, Columbia University and holds a doctorate in art history and certificate in American studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.

About Kingsborough Community College  

Kingsborough Community College is dedicated to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community. Kingsborough annually serves approximately 15,000 full- and part-time students in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education. As one of the City University of New York’s seven community colleges – the only one in Brooklyn – Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into professional careers. The campus is located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in the Manhattan Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn.


CONTACT:  JoAnne Meyers / / 718-368-5169

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