Discover Campus Art: Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk

09/27/2023, 10:00 am–10:30 am

Meet with Art History instructor Kolya Rice to discuss Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk. This monumental steel sculpture in Red Square stands more than 25 feet tall and weighs 6,000 pounds. Broken Obelisk was donated to the UW in 1973; four multiples of this sculpture exist in different sites around North America.

During this campus art talk, learn how the sculpture’s meaning shifts from monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to a meditation on ancient Egypt, to a universal appreciation of all humanity, to (in the artist’s words) “a glimpse of the sublime”.

Meet at the main entrance of Suzallo Library.

Space is limited – please register here.


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