Henry Moore’s Standing Figure

Henry Moore's Standing figure, woman in skirt, cast made from oyster shell
Henry Moore's Standing figure, woman in skirt (upright)

Henry Moore

Standing Figure: Shell skirt

The Hall of Mollusks and Mankind

In December 1975 the American Museum of Natural History opened the Hall of Mollusks and Mankind, presenting exhibits on the significant role of mollusks in human culture and economy. Knowing that the artist Henry Moore drew on mollusk shapes in his work, the Museum wrote to Moore who offered to donate this small—just over seven inches tall—sculpture to the Museum for inclusion in this exhibition. The cast plaster figure, with a skirt modeled on an oyster shell (also donated to the Museum), was presented as the centerpiece of the small permanent hall in a freestanding, cylindrical exhibition case.

Written by AMNH staff

Hall of Mollusks exhibition

Entrance to Mollusks and Mankind, November 1975. Photo by James Coxe.

Visitors, Hall of Mollusks and Mankind

Visitors, Hall of Mollusks and Mankind, 1976. Henry Moore figure visible in cylindrical case in center.

Viewing exhibit

Viewing exhibit, publicity photograph for Shell Hall, November 1975. Photo by James Coxe.

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