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Sculpture & Touch
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May 2008


 

‘Marble comes doubly alive for me then, as I ponder, comparing, / Seeing with vision that feels, feeling with fingers that see’. (Goethe, Roman Elegies)

Since the Renaissance, at least, the medium of sculpture has been linked explicitly to the sense of touch. Sculptors, philosophers and art historians have all related the two, often in strikingly different ways. In spite of this long running interest in touch and tactility, in recent decades vision and visuality have tended to dominate art historical research.

This symposium aims to introduce a new impetus to the discussion of the relationship between touch and sculpture by setting up a dialogue between art historians and individuals with fresh insights working in disciplines beyond art history. The programme reflects this ambition by bringing together an international and truly diverse set of speakers who will tackle subjects ranging from prehistoric figurines to the work of contemporary artists, from pre-modern ideas about the physiology of touch to tactile interaction in the museum environment, and from the phenomenology of touch in recent philosophy to the experimental findings of scientific study.

To book a place: £35 (£15 students and Courtauld staff). Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator & Administrator, Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘Sculpture & Touch’. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785/2909. For further information, send an email to ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk.
Organised by Peter Dent



‘In despight of the devouring flame’:
The Temple Church in London
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
9.45am – 6.15pm, Saturday 14 June 2008, Registration from 9.15am

700 years ago the Order of the Temple was in turmoil, its members under arrest, and its Grand Master soon to be burned at the stake. Its main church in England, at the New Temple in London, survived the suppression of the Order in 1312, and escaped (by a whisker) the Great Fire of London in 1666, only to be ravaged by fire during the Blitz in 1941. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most important surviving medieval monuments in London, with superb late Romanesque sculpture, luminous early Gothic architecture, a magnificent series of medieval monuments, and major post-Reformation furnishings by Sir Christopher Wren and others. Although the subject of much antiquarian study in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The significance of its artistic, liturgical and conservation developments has never been the subject of comprehensive scholarly study. The present conference aims to address this gap. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the grant of the Temple’s Charter by James I, the conference is held in association with an exhibition at the Temple Church from 31 March to 15 June details for which see www.templechurch.com.

To book a place: £15 (£10 concessions and Courtauld staff and students). Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator & Administrator, Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘Temple Church conference’. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785/2909. For further information, send an email to ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk.

Organised by David Park,Courtauld Institute and The Rev’d Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of The Temple.

Temple Church, London, Interior

 

Writing Modern Art History: Papers in Honour of Christopher Green
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Thursday 3 & Friday 4 July 2008
This symposium presents new work by leading academics and curators who have all at different times been doctoral students of Professor Christopher Green. It is to mark Professor Green’s retirement that they gather to honour and celebrate his career and expansive legacy as a great Courtauld teacher and as one of Britain’s foremost historians of modern art. This conference offers a window onto the field of contemporary modernism studies with speakers addressing a variety of material, from a range of perspectives and mapping lines of influence and divergence. The event forms part of The Courtauld’s 75th Anniversary celebrations, and will be of interest not only to those with Courtauld links, but to anyone concerned with the history of European modernism.

Speakers include: Grace Brockington (University of Bristol), David Cottington (Kingston University), Romy Golan (City University of New York), David Lomas (University of Manchester), Charles F.B. Miller (Courtauld Institute of Art), Gavin Parkinson (University of Oxford).

Registration: details will be announced shortly. For further information please see the Research Forum website www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/ or call the Research Forum Events Co-ordinator & Administrator on 020 7848 2785 or send an e-mail to ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk