Stella's Shapes and Melville's Words: The Quadrant and Moby-Dick

Related Exhibition What You See Is What You See, Part of The Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series

Thursday, June 10, 2004, 7:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Wallace leads off the Wattis Series with this talk about Stella's monumental series of works based on Herman Melville's American classic, Moby Dick. Comprising more than 250 individual pieces, the series occupied Stella from 1988 to 1994 and constitutes a unique chapter in his career. Looking both at Stella's work and Melville's novel, Wallace explores the complex play of words and shapes that he examined in his 2001 monograph, Frank Stella's Moby-Dick: Words and Shapes.


Robert K. Wallace, professor of literature and language, Northern Kentucky University