SEPTEMBER

Conference
Saturday, 30 September 2006
11.00 – 16.00, East Room, Level 7, Tate Modern
Abstraction across Media: Wassily Kandinsky
Speaker(s): Dr Shulamith Behr (Courtauld Institute of Art), Dr Simon Shaw-Miller (Birkbeck), Dr Chris Short (Cardiff School of Art), Professor Brandon Taylor (University of Southampton)
Ticket/entry details: £10 (£8 concessions), booking essential (includes entry to the exhibition)
Organised by: Shulamith Behr (Courtauld Insitute of Art) and Marko Daniel (Tate Modern)
Further information: A collaboration between the Tate Modern and the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, this conference focuses on Wassily Kandinsky and the relationships between abstraction, music and performance in early twentieth-century art. It brings together art historians who share an interest in abstraction in art, music and performance. This is part of a series that focuses on the history and concept of abstraction in relation to exhibitions at Tate Modern, and this event is intended to challenge established ways of understanding abstract art. The series also considers how new perspectives, derived from socio-historic, semiotic and interdisciplinary ways of thinking, can help to develop our approach to abstraction across different media.

OCTOBER

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
17.30 – 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Disciplines Unbound: Marlene McCarty's 'Murder Girls
Speaker(s): Maud Lavin (Professor, Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory and Criticism, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon and Dr Shulamith Behr
Further information: Maud Lavin explores what it is like for viewers to experience in the realm of art Marlene McCarty’s larger-than-life portraits of girls who have murdered their female caretakers and/or acquaintances. She asks questions about aggression, femininity, and representation. These are applied specifically to McCarty’s work but also contextualised in terms of recent changes in mass-culture representations of feminine aggression in the US.  Sponsored by the FM Kirby Foundation

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: seminar
Thursday, 19 October 2006
11.00 – 13.00, Research Forum South Room
Disciplines Unbound: Lust and Aggression
Speaker(s): Maud Lavin (Professor, Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory and Criticism, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon and Dr Shulamith Behr
Further information: Sponsored by the FM Kirby Foundation

Conference
Friday, 20 October 2006
14.30 - 17.30, Research Forum South Room (registration from 14.00)
Cold, Cold Heart: video and performance art
Speaker(s): Includes participating artists Antti Laitinen (Finland), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland); also Caroline Corbetta (curator of 2004 Momentum Biennale) and Sarah Wilson (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: £10 (£5 student concessions) includes refreshments and admission to the private view of the video projections and of the 3-day performance Satan is Real by Ragnar Kjartansson. (Free registration for Courtauld staff and students). To book please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Administrative Officer, Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the Cold Cold Heart conference. Or call (44) 020 7848 2909 to make a credit card booking by telephone, or send an email to researchforum@courtauld.ac.uk for further information.
Organised by: Nick Dubois (Courtauld Institute of Art) in collaboration with White Space Gallery
Further information: This conference will commence a weekend of video and performance art from Nordic countries taking place at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Somerset House, 20-22 October 2006.  Organised by the Courtauld Institute of Art’s East Wing Collection, Cold, Cold Heart will showcase work by established and rising artists from Nordic countries, Russia and the UK, all sharing a distinctly northern vision.

East Wing Collection VII
Friday 20 October 2006
18.30 - 21.00, Courtauld Institute of Art and Somerset House Stamp Stair and Lecture Theatre, Strand, London, WC2
Opening: Cold, Cold Heart: weekend of artists' films and performance

Torbjorn Rodland

Torbjorn Rodland
The Exorcism of Mother Teresa, 2004
Still. Progressive video, DVD, 10 min
Courtesy: Standard, Oslo


Participating artists: Mattias Akerfelt (Sweden), Olga Chernysheva (Russia), Jesper Just (Denmark), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), Antti Laitinen (Finland), Elena Nasanen (Finland), Torbjorn Rodland (Norway), Richard T. Walker (UK).
Ticket/entry details: Private View
Organised by: Nick Dubois (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Further information: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s East Wing Collection is pleased to present Cold, Cold Heart, a weekend of video and performance art from Nordic countries at the Courtauld Institute and Somerset House, 20-22 October. Cold, Cold Heart will showcase work by established and rising artists from Nordic countries, Russia and the UK, all sharing a distinctly northern vision. This event will include a half-day conference in the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum with artists, museum curators and academics, followed by the opening of Ragnar Kjartansson ‘s three-day performance Satan is Real, and screenings of film and video works staged for the first time in all parts of this historic building. Contact: Nick Dubois (events@eastwingcollection.org.uk)
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East Wing Collection VII
Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 October 2006
10.00 - 18.00, Courtauld Institute of Art and Somerset House Stamp Stair and Lecture Theatre, Strand, London WC2
Cold, Cold Heart: weekend of artists' films and performance
Participating artists: Mattias Akerfelt (Sweden), Olga Chernysheva (Russia), Jesper Just (Denmark), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), Antti Laitinen (Finland), Elena Nasanen (Finland), Torbjorn Rodland (Norway), Richard T. Walker (UK).
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Nick Dubois (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Further information: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s East Wing Collection is pleased to present Cold, Cold Heart, a weekend of video and performance art from Nordic countries at the Courtauld Institute and Somerset House, 20-22 October. Cold, Cold Heart will showcase work by established and rising artists from Nordic countries, Russia and the UK, all sharing a distinctly northern vision. This event will include a half-day conference in the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum with artists, museum curators and academics, followed by the opening of Ragnar Kjartansson ‘s three-day performance Satan is Real, and screenings of film and video works staged for the first time in all parts of this historic building. Contact: Nick Dubois (events@eastwingcollection.org.uk)

Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary
Monday, 23 October 2006
17.30, Seminar Room 1
Roman Vishniac: Commissioned Photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and the Framing of Collective Memory
Speaker(s): Maya Benton (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

Research seminar: Renaissance
Wednesday, 25 October 2006
17.30, Research Forum South Room
Acts of Humility: Dante's Ledge of Pride and some Italian Reliefs of the Annunciation
Speaker(s): Dr Peter Dent (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Paul Hills

Research seminar: Medieval Work in Progress
Thursday, 26 October 2006
17.00, Research Forum South Room
Sienese sculpture and notarial patronage in trecento Rome
Speaker(s): Claudia Bolgia (University of Cambridge)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor John Lowden

London seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture
Monday, 30 October 2006
18.00, Research Forum South Room
Jacques-Louis David's 'Death of Socrates' (1787): homosexual desire in an enlightenment fiction of philosophy
Speaker(s): Satish Padiyar (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Maria Loh (m.loh@ucl.ac.uk), Sarah Monks (sarah.monks@courtauld.ac.uk), Rose Marie San Juan (r.sanjuan@ucl.ac.uk), Katie Scott (katie.scott@courtauld.ac.uk)
Further information: This seminar series has been organised jointly by the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and University College London.

Research Forum Visiting Conservator
Tuesday, 31 October 2006
17.00, Research Forum South Room
Recent technical studies of Venetian Paintings c1500-1520 from the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Speaker(s): Elke Oberthaler (Head of Conservation, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Patricia Rubin and Dr Aviva Burnstock

NOVEMBER

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Tuesday, 7 November 2006
17.30 – 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Disciplines Unbound: The Gestetner Revolution: The Hornsey Sit-In of 1968
Speaker(s): Lisa Tickner (Professor of Art History, Middlesex University)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon and Dr Shulamith Behr
Further information: On 28 May 1968, students took over Hornsey College of Art in a dispute triggered by control of the student union funds. They had (reluctant) permission for a 24-hour 'sit-in' or 'critical seminar', but by the following day they had decided not to give the college back. This led to six weeks of intense debate, the production of more than seventy documents, a short-lived Movement for the Reform of Art and Design Education (MORADE), a three-day conference at the Roundhouse, an exhibition at the ICA, prolonged confrontation with the local authority and extensive representations to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Student Relations in 1969. This paper is both an account of, and a reflection on, the events of 28 May - 12 July 1968.  Sponsored by the FM Kirby Foundation.
The lecture will be followed by a reception to celebrate the publication of Women Artists at the Millennium, edited by Carol Armstrong and Catherine de Zegher (MIT Press/October Books), hosted by The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and The MIT Press. (See entry below for further details.)

Book Party
Tuesday, 7 November 2006
18.30, Front Hall
‘Women Artists at the Millennium’, edited by Carol Armstrong and Catherine de Zegher
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Further information: Following the Frank Davis Memorial lecture given by Professor Lisa Tickner (Middlesex University) in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and The MIT Press will host a party to celebrate the publication of Women Artists at the Millennium, edited by Carol Armstrong and Catherine de Zegher, to which Lisa Tickner is one of the contributors.  Other contributing writers are Emily Apter, Carol Armstrong, Catherine de Zegher, Maria DiBattista, Brigid Doherty, Briony Fer, Tamar Garb, Anne Higonnet, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Molly Nesbit, Mignon Nixon, Linda Nochlin, Griselda Pollock, Abigail Solomon-Godeau and Anne Wagner, while contributing artists are Ellen Gallagher, Ann Hamilton, Mary Kelly, Yvonne Rainer and Martha Rosler.  Now more than thirty years since the birth of the modern women’s movement and the beginnings of feminist art-making and art history, Women Artists at the Millennium examines the differences that feminist art practice and critical theory have made in late twentieth-century art and the discourses surrounding it. The book will be available for sale at £25.95 (October • 408 pp. • 169 colour and b/w illustrations • cloth • 0-262-01226-X)


London seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture
Tuesday, 7 November 2006
18.30, Research Forum South Room
Nocturnal rêveries and visual conundrums: Adam Elsheimer and the 1600 epistemological crisis
Speaker(s): Itay Sapir (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Maria Loh (m.loh@ucl.ac.uk), Sarah Monks (sarah.monks@courtauld.ac.uk), Rose Marie San Juan (r.sanjuan@ucl.ac.uk), Katie Scott (katie.scott@courtauld.ac.uk)
Further information: This seminar series has been organised jointly by the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and University College London.

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: seminar
Thursday, 9 November 2006
11.00 – 13.00, Research Forum South Room
Disciplines Unbound: A Discussion of 'The Gestetner Revolution: The Hornsey Sit-In of 1968'
Speaker(s): Lisa Tickner (Professor of Art History, Middlesex University)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon and Dr Shulamith Behr
Further information: Sponsored by the FM Kirby Foundation

Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary
Thursday, 9 November 2006
14.30 – 16.30, Research Forum South Room
Forging Fields: the Agricola Sculptures of David Smith
Speaker(s): James Boaden (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon and Dr Shulamith Behr

 

Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary
Monday, 13 November 2006
17.30, Seminar Room 1
Femmes Révolutionnaires: Art and Liberation in 1970's France
Speaker(s): Rakhee Balaram (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Tuesday, 14 November 2006
17.30 – 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Disciplines Unbound: Lawler's Rude Museum
Speaker(s): Professor Rosalyn Deutsche (Visiting Professor, Barnard College, New York)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon and Dr Shulamith Behr
Further information: This talk interprets two works by Louise Lawler: Statue before Painting, Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Canova (early 1980s) and Birdcalls (1971/1981). Inspired by Virginia Woolf, Rosalyn Deutsche argues that Lawler uses the weapon of derision against the war-like fantasies encouraged by art as institution.  Sponsored by the FM Kirby Foundation
The lecture will be followed by a reception at which the book, Twice Untitled and Other Pictures, edited by Helen Molesworth (Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts) and published in conjunction with Louise Lawler’s first major museum exhibition in the United States (organised by the Wexner Center for the Arts, 9 September - 31 December 2006), will be on sale.  Lawler’s exhibition eats away at the standard museum practices of chronology, linear development, and the presentation of masterpieces, opting instead to explore such dynamic themes and undercurrents in her practice as her relationship to sculpture, her long history of collaborative projects, her production of ephemera such as napkins, matchbooks and announcement cards, and the steady political dimension of her work, culminating most recently in works that are deeply critical of the American invasion of Iraq.  Twice Untitled and Other Pictures includes essays by art historian and political theorist Rosalyn Deutsche and curators Ann Goldstein and Helen Molesworth. [October 2006 • 192 pp. • 85 colour and 15 b/w illustrations • £22.95 - paperback original • 0-262-62206-8]

Research seminar: History of Photography
Wednesday, 15 November 2006
17.30, Research Forum South Room
The Utmost for the Highest: J. M. Cameron and G. F. Watts
Speaker(s): Colin Ford CBE (Independent scholar and curator; Founder Head of National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Dr Alexandra Moschovi and Barbara Thompson
Further information: Launched last autumn under the aegis of the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, the new research seminar on the History of Photography aims at becoming a discursive platform for the discussion and dissemination of current research on photography.  From art as photography and early photographic technology to ethnographic photographs and contemporary photography as art, the seminar welcomes contributions from researchers across the board, whether independent or affiliated with museums, galleries, archives, libraries or higher education. We hope that it will provide scholars with a challenging opportunity to present work in progress and test out new ideas. The seminars will usually take place once a term, on Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm in the Research Forum. The papers, and formal discussion, will be followed by informal discussion over a glass of wine. Contact: Dr Alexandra Moschovi (alexandra.moschovi@courtauld.ac.uk) or Barbara Thompson (barbara.thompson@courtauld.ac.uk)

Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary
Monday, 20 November 2006
17.30, Seminar Room 1
Walter De Maria: Portrait Works of the 1960s
Speaker(s): Kathleen Campagnolo (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

Research seminar: Medieval Work in Progress
Thursday, 23 November 2006
17.00, Research Forum South Room
Trecento workshops and the Black Death
Speaker(s): Erling Skaug (University of Oslo, Emeritus)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor John Lowden

Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary
Monday, 27 November 2006
17.30, Seminar Room 1
Colonialism, Gender and Race: Framing Algeria in Horace Vernet's 'Smala' (1845)
Speaker(s): Melanie Vandenbrouck (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

London seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture
Monday, 27 November 2006
18.00, Research Forum South Room
Shaftesbury, Moment, and Sense
Speaker(s): Richard Checketts (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Maria Loh (m.loh@ucl.ac.uk), Sarah Monks (sarah.monks@courtauld.ac.uk), Rose Marie San Juan (r.sanjuan@ucl.ac.uk), Katie Scott (katie.scott@courtauld.ac.uk)
Further information: This seminar series has been organised jointly by the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and University College London.

Research Forum Visiting Professor Programme
Tuesday, 28 November 2006
5.30pm, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Religion as Medium

Boris Groys, Religion as Medium
Boris Groys, Religion as Medium Video still, production ZKM, Karlsruhe

Speaker(s): Boris Groys (Professor of Aesthetics, Art History and Media Theory, Academy for Design/Center for Art and Media Technology (Hfg/ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Sarah Wilson and Patricia Rubin
Further information: Having established himself as a scholar and curator at the forefront of post-Soviet studies through books such as The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond (Munich, 1988, and Princeton, 1992) and as co-curator, with Max Hollein, of Dream Factory Communism: the Visual Culture of the Stalin Era (Frankfurt 2003-4), Visiting Professor Boris Groys will give a major public lecture based on his own ‘video-collage’, Religion as Medium.  According to Professor Groys, “In our present post-Enlightenment culture, religion is generally understood to mean a certain set of opinions. Opinions come to us as news that is disseminated by the mass media - through the means of reproduction. Religions also operate traditionally by reproduction and repetition. That is why religions seem to be so compatible with contemporary mass media. Religions, however, reproduce – contrary to widespread opinion – not the opinions but a lack of opinion. For the will of the gods or God is ultimately hidden from the opinions of mortals. Being beyond or without opinions, religions practice repetition tout court, that is, repetition on the zero-level of opinion, of meaning, of sense. Just as Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square revealed the medium of painting, because it caused all figuration to disappear, so the reproduction of religious texts, images and rituals by the mass media – being reproduction of reproduction – reveals the mediality of these media, precisely because religious messages are zero-messages, messages without content.”  This will be the first of a series of events to be held this Autumn and in Spring 2007.

Research Forum Visiting Professor Programme
Wednesday, 29 November 2006
5.30pm, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
‘Intellectual Formation’ Seminar
Speaker(s): Boris Groys (Professor of Aesthetics, Art History and Media Theory, Academy for Design/Center for Art and Media Technology (Hfg/ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Sarah Wilson and Patricia Rubin
Further information: The Research Forum has been proud to host ‘Intellectual Formation’ seminars in past years with the eminent scholars, Professors Hubert Damisch (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Craig Clunas (School of Oriental and African Studies, London), Svetlana Alpers (University of California, Berkeley), Hans Belting (IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna) and T.J. Clark (University of California, Berkeley).  We are now delighted to extend this invitation to Boris Groys who is currently affiliated with the ZKM, Karlsruhe, and is visiting Professor at the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU.  Professor Groys will lead a discussion about his formative years in Leningrad and subsequently Germany, traversing the period of the collapse of communism, and his first provocative publications such as The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond (Munich, 1988). The discussion will broaden out to consider the impact of this formation on his subsequent writings.

DECEMBER

Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary
Monday, 4 December 2006 (CANCELLED)
17.30, Seminar Room 1
Ana Mendieta’s Documents: Event, Memory, Desire
Speaker(s): Kristin Patterson (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Mignon Nixon

London seminar for Early Modern Visual Culture
Monday, 4 December 2006 (CANCELLED)
18.00, Research Forum South Room
Reading Group: What is the early modern? (texts to be announced)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Maria Loh (m.loh@ucl.ac.uk), Sarah Monks (sarah.monks@courtauld.ac.uk), Rose Marie San Juan (r.sanjuan@ucl.ac.uk), Katie Scott (katie.scott@courtauld.ac.uk)
Further information: This seminar series has been organised jointly by the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and University College London.

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Tuesday, 5 December 2006
17.30 – 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Disciplines Unbound: The Sociological Image
Speaker(s): Janet Wolff (Professor of Performance, Screen and Visual Cultures, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research for the Arts (CIDRA), University of Manchester)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor  Mignon Nixon and Dr Shulamith Behr
Further information: The term ‘sociological impressionism’ is used by David Frisby to describe Georg Simmel’s method of sociological inquiry and description – the essay form rather than the monograph or the sustained scholarly text. Simmel’s work has seen a revival of interest in recent years, with several new translations of his work published. At the same time, scholars have been inspired by the writings of Walter Benjamin to consider (and to practice) aphoristic and essayistic social history. The notion of the ‘lightning flash’ of the ‘dialectical image’, seen as an immediate, though complex, moment of access to a historical moment, has proved very suggestive to a number of subsequent writers. Indeed, the literal idea of the image as a new kind of sociology and social history is a more recent development of this, influenced both by Benjamin’s work (for example, in Eduardo Cadava’s book, Words of Light), and by Barthes and other writers on photography. The surprising popularity of the work of W.G. Sebald (especially among academics who write about memory, photography, and the Holocaust) suggests an interesting moment of reaction against traditional styles of story-telling and of scholarly writing. This lecture takes up these questions, in an exploration of the notion of the image (visual or otherwise) as sociological method.  Sponsored by the FM Kirby Foundation

Research seminar: Renaissance
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
17.30, Research Forum South Room
Art, Death and Commemoration: thoughts on the functions of early Netherlandish paintings
Speaker(s): Dr Douglas Brine (Research Forum Post-doctoral Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Paul Hills

Research seminar: Medieval Work in Progress
Thursday, 7 December 2006
17.00, Research Forum South Room
Studying early medieval sculpture in England and Ireland: Art History or Archaeology?
Speaker(s): Jane Hawkes (University of York)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor John Lowden