Events, Summer 2001

Study Day
Saturday 9 June, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Please note:
The date of this study day has been changed from 5 May to 9 June.

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Courtauld - masterpieces from the Courtauld Collection and drawings and watercolours by Paul Signac

Claude Monet, Antibes, 1888, detail
Claude Monet, Antibes, 1888, detail

The Study Day will be lead by Professor John House and Linda Goddard from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Professor John House will examine the two great images of Parisian entertainment, Renoir's La Loge and Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère, and will discuss the Institute's collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes. He will also look in depth at some of the drawings and watercolours by the Neo-Impressionist Paul Signac, whose exhibition will open on 7th June. Linda Goddard will focus on Gauguin's Tahitian masterpieces, The Dream and Nevermore.

Tickets: £40 per person

The ticket price will include free entry to the Courtauld Gallery and the Paul Signac Exhibition.


Friends Private View of Paul Signac: Travels in France

Monday 11 June, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

The Friends of the Courtauld are invited to a private view of the exhibition of Paul Signac. Drinks will be served from 6.30pm in the Great Room of the Courtauld Gallery, followed by a short talk at 7.00pm by Professor John House, Curator of the exhibition. Thereafter guests will be free to enjoy a private view of the exhibition, and the Gallery will close at 8.30pm promptly.

Tickets: £5 per person to include entry to the exhibition and a glass of wine.
Friends may bring one guest; please apply for tickets on the enclosed booking form.


Annual General Meeting

Saturday 19 May. The topic for discussion will be 'Clothes and textiles for marriage and its associated festivities'.

Advance notice

Residential conference at Reading University
Friday 12 and Saturday 13 July 2002

Medats in conjunction with the School of Plant Sciences is organizing this conference. The subjects of the papers will include: the archaeology and history of dyed textiles in late Antiquity and the Middle Ages; pigments and dyes; trade in dyestuffs; chemical analysis of historic dyes; historic methodologies of dyestuff production; demonstrations of dying (kermes, woad, madder, weld and possibly murex). For further information and tickets please send a s.a.e. to Dr. J. Bridgeman, 2 Granville Square, London WC1W 9PF

The Hermitage Lectures at the Courtauld

Lectures on the art and patronage of Russia

This series of lectures, which started last autumn and are being held monthly, will cover subjects associated with Russian art. The lectures will take place in the Kenneth Clarke Lecture Theatre at 6.30pm and are jointly organised by the Hermitage Development Trust and the Friends of the Courtauld Institute. Please apply using the enclosed booking form. As these lectures have proved extremely popular please book early in order to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 23 May
Elizaveta Renne, Hermitage Curator of British Paintings
Portraits of Catherine the Great

Wednesday 27 June
Professor Isabel de Madariaga, fba, frhists
Catherine: the Woman and the Empress

Wednesday 25 July
Professor Anthony Cross, fba
Professor, Slavonic Studies Cambridge
Catherine in British Caricature

Wednesday 19 September
Viacheslav Fyodorov, Head of the Department of Russian Culture at the Hermitage
Catherine as the Successor of Peter the Great
Tickets: £5 per head to include a glass of wine after the lecture.

The Royal Society of Literature meetings at the Courtauld

The Royal Society of Literature, founded by George IV in 1820 has recently moved to Somerset House. It organizes ten meetings of lectures, talks and poetry readings per year. These are held in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre at the Institute. Forthcoming talks, which are free of charge, include

Thursday 24 May, 7pm
Maggie Gee and Adam Mars-Jones
A Question of Sex?

Thursday 28 June, 7pm
Annual General Meeting

Thursday 12 July, 7pm
A Quest for Emily Dickinson
A one-woman play My Life has Stood performed by Edie Campbell and co-written and directed by Jack Lynch

Fashion Course Opens

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (The London Institute), is planning a new pathway in Fashion History and Theory within its highly respected BA(Hons) Fashion course. This pathway will focus on the study of western fashion history from the Renaissance to the present day. Fashion will be considered as both object and image, using a range of historical and theoretical approaches to gain an understanding of its significance within the contemporary context. Students will be encouraged to take an innovative approach to research and writing. They will have an opportunity to collaborate with the existing fashion design and journalism options, combining team projects with their documentary, visual and object-based analysis to produce a rounded view of all aspects of fashion history and theory. Sited in the centre of London, students will have easy access to museums, galleries and archives. Graduates of the course will have gained valuable experience relevant to working in a variety of fields including media, publishing, museums and teaching.

Rebecca Arnold