Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art
Luke Syson - Curator
As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luke Syson accesses the richness of European history through sculpture. Full bio
what an icon looked like.
paintings, which I was then.
in London for the very first time.
the absolute throes of organizing.
material world into a spiritual world.
the job of the painter
and invisible in the universe.
somehow he achieves it.
more perfect than our own.
what I believed an icon was.
and decorative arts, here at the Met.
at very peculiar times of the day --
the Leonardo show was due to open
and decorative arts looked like,
with which I was so already familiar.
I better tour the galleries.
in the Italian Renaissance.
understood silliness to be.
against the use of gold,
of flowers everywhere. (Laughter)
anything that you actually see in nature,
either as a princess or a fairy.
these golden tusks and so on.
march across the Serengeti.
was happening as well.
and my liberal left friends in London
on looking at these vases.
on a through route in the Met.
does dance in its own way.
color and gilding, and the sculptural surface,
in order to arrive at this.
were originally candle holders.
were candles on either side.
a firework went off in my brain.
root as the word 'fantasy.'
operas of the time -- set in the Orient.
opium-induced visions of pink elephants,
values rather than aristocratic ones.
sequestration of imagination.
television in the corner of the room.
represented in people's lives.
a high building nowadays there.
Gherkin, the Shard, the Walkie Talkie --
to happen in our daily lives.
I was looking up a reference.
in the middle of the 19th century.
playing Shakespeare's Richard III.
elevated piece of porcelain.
pink elephant vase allowed me to do so.
part of a journey for me every day,
finding them for yourselves,
in your imaginative lives.
About the speaker:Luke Syson - Curator
As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luke Syson accesses the richness of European history through sculpture.
Why you should listen
Luke Syson joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. This year, he co-curated the small but innovative exhibition "Plain or Fancy? Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts." Before joining the Met Syson was Curator of Italian Painting before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery, London. While at the National Gallery, he was curator of the exhibition "Renaissance Siena: Art for a City," and in 2011 he organized the groundbreaking "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan."
Syson was also one of the curators who organized the acclaimed Enlightenment Gallery at The British Museum and was part of the team that planned the new galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
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