LONDON SEMINAR FOR EARLY MODERN VISUAL CULTURE

Persistent Marks: The Migration and Transmission of Hatching in Early Modern Europe and the New World

Monday, 21 April 2008

18.00, Seminar Room 3; Room 124; first floor, History of Art Department, University College London, 39-41 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Speaker(s): Professor Todd Olson (UC Berkeley)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Mechthild Fend (m.fend@ucl.ac.uk), Denis Ribouillault (denis.ribouillault@courtauld.ac.uk)

Further information: This seminar series has been organised jointly by The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and University College London.



London Renaissance Consortium

What Does Interdisciplinarity Mean to Renaissance Scholars?

Thursday, 24 April 2008

17.00 - 19.00, Research Forum South Room (tbc)

Speaker(s): Marta Ajmar (Victoria and Albert Museum / Royal College of Art), Paul Hills (Courtauld Institute of Art), Allison Levy (University College London), Evelyn Welch (Queen Mary, London University)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Further information: To mark the end of its first year, the London Renaissance Consortium will host an event at which a panel of London-based Renaissance scholars consider what the notion of interdisciplinarity means to them and their research. Chaired by Patricia Rubin (Courtauld Institute of Art). For further details of the London Renaissance Consortium please see the following webpage: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/projects/renaissanceconsort/index.shtml




CONFERENCE
Framing the Other: 30 Years After Orientalism

Saturday, 26 April 2008
09.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (with registration from 9.00am)



Left image: Odalisque with a Slave, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1839-1840 Oil on canvas, 72.07 x 100.33 cm (28 3/8 x 39 1/2 in.) Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.25. Photo: Katya Kallsen © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Right image: Um Ahmed, 5 July 2006 Emilio Morenatti, AP Photo

Speaker(s): Keynote speakers: Mary Roberts (University of Sydney) and Robert Fisk (The Independent)

Other speakers: Monia Abdallah (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)), Roger Blackley (Victoria University of Wellington), Ian Horton (London College of Communication), Peter Benson Miller (independent art historian and curator), Elizabeth Mjelde (De Anza College, Cupertino), Evgeny Steiner (Sainsbury Institute, SOAS), Julia Walker (University of Pennsylvania), Matthias Weiss (Freie Universität, Berlin)

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

Organised by: Aliya Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen and Melanie Vandenbrouck

Further information: As recent political developments have once again brought to the fore the question of East/West relationships, the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism comes as a suitable opportunity to re-examine the impact and currency of Said’s key arguments. This conference will focus on the influence of Said’s legacy to analyse visual culture as a crucial component of ‘Orientalism’s (and more generally imperialism’s) political self-justification, in the discursive construction of the ‘Other’. We will hear papers stemming from the nineteenth century, when imperialism was arguably produced by the development of racial thinking and the rise of European nationalism, to the turbulent present period. Addressing the vision of a ‘plural’ West, we wish to take up the issues raised by both obvious and surprising ‘Others’.

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RESEARCH SEMINAR: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Abjection

Monday, 28 April 2008 CANCELLED

17.30, Seminar Room 4 (note venue)

Speaker(s): Lucetta Johnson (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Caroline Arscott



2008 LONDON SEMINAR IN ROMAN ART

The Coherence of Roman Art: From Religion to Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture

Monday, 28 April 2008

17.30, Seminar Room 1

Speaker(s): Professor Michel Meyer (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Peter Stewart and Amanda Claridge




RESEARCH SEMINAR: RENAISSANCE

Nuns, Prophets and Memory: the Forgotten 'Pala d'argento' and the Vivarini

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Christa Gardner (Independent scholar)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Paul Hills

Further information: This seminar is organised jointly with Giotto's Circle





MAY

LEONARDO DA VINCI SOCIETY ANNUAL LECTURE 2008

The Appliance of Science: Computer Vision and the Analysis of Space in Italian and Netherlandish Paintings

Friday, 9 May 2008

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Professor Martin Kemp (University of Oxford) and Dr Antonio Criminisi (Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Frances Ames-Lewis (Birkbeck)




RESEARCH SEMINAR: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY

Yehuda Bacon, Disseminating Memory

Monday, 12 May 2008

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Glenn Sujo (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Caroline Arscott




2008 LONDON SEMINAR IN ROMAN ART

Anatomical Votives in Italy

Monday, 12 May 2008

17.30, Seminar Room 1

Speaker(s): Dr. Jessica Hughes (University of Cambridge)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Peter Stewart and Amanda Claridge

 



'The Clever Object’ – Reading Group

Introducing the Problem

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

14.30 - 16.30, Research Forum South Room

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Matthew Hunter (email: mchunter@uchicago.edu) and Francesco Lucchini (email: Francesco.Lucchini@courtauld.ac.uk)

Further information: For full details see The Clever Object reading group

Texts for this week are:

Alfred Gell, “Vogel’s Net: Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps,” in The Art of Anthropology: Essays and Diagrams, ed. E. Hirsch (London: Athlone Press, 1999), pp187-214

Marcel Detienne and Jean-Pierre Vernant, “Antilochus’ Race,” in Cunning Intelligence in Greek Culture and Society, trans. J. Lloyd (London: University of Chicago Press, 1991), pp11-26.






RESEARCH SEMINAR: HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Camper-Trailing the Kodachrome Dreamscape: Colour Film and the Post-War Emergence of Mass Tourism

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Neil Matheson (Senior Lecturer in Theory & Criticism of Photography, University of Westminster)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Barbara Thompson and Dr Alexandra Moschovi

Further information: The History of Photography research seminar series aims to be 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, and endeavours to provide scholars with a challenging opportunity to present work in progress and test out new ideas. The seminars usually take place once a term, on Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm in the Research Forum. The papers, and formal discussion, are 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: Medieval Work In Progress

‘Urbs inclita, urbs Parisiorum’: Louis IX’s Urban Programme and the Fame of Medieval Paris

Thursday, 15 May 2008

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Meredith Cohen (Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor John Lowden




CONFERENCE
Sculpture and Touch


10.00 – 18.00, Friday 16 May 2008 (with registration from 9.30am)
10.00 – 18.00, Saturday 17 May 2008 (with registration from 9.30am)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

 

Pilgrims’ handprint worn into the central sculpted column of the Pórtico de la Gloria

Pilgrims’ handprint worn into the central sculpted column of the Pórtico de la Gloria,
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Photo: © Peter Dent


Speaker(s): Shir Aloni (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London); Francesca Bacci, (Centro Interdipartmentale Mente e Cervello, Università di Trento, Italy); Douglass Bailey (School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University); Sebastiano Barassi (Curator of Collections, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge); Andrew Benjamin (Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University, Australia); Fiona Candlin (Birkbeck College, University of London); Julia Cassim (Helen Hamlyn Centre, Royal College of Art); Anne Cranny-Francis (Department of Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Australia); Rosalyn Driscoll (contemporary artist, USA); James Hall (independent art historian); Arie Hartog (Curator, Gerhard-Marks-Haus, Bremen, Germany); Claude Heath (contemporary artist, UK); Robert Hopkins (Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield); Geraldine Johnson (History of Art Department, University of Oxford); Toby Juliff (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds); Hagi Kenaan (Department of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, Israel); Linda Ann Nolan (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome); Michael Paraskos (Director of Programmes, Cyprus College of Art); Michael Petry (contemporary artist, UK and Curator, Royal Academy Schools Gallery); Caterina Y. Pierre (Department of Art, City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College); Charles Spence (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford); Carmen Windsor (Philosophy, University of Reading); Alison Wright (Department of History of Art, University College London)

Ticket/entry details: £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 conference’. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785/2909. For further information, send an e-mail to ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk

Organised by: Peter Dent (British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow, Courtauld Institute of Art)

Further information: ‘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.

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RESEARCH SEMINAR: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary Art Practice in Global Japanese and Korean Contemporary Art in the Post-1989 Era (tbc)

Monday, 19 May 2008

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Jiyoon Lee (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Caroline Arscott




'The Clever Object’ – Reading Group

Mind in Material Culture

Thursday, 22 May 2008 (note date)

14.30 - 16.30, Research Forum South Room

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Matthew Hunter (email: mchunter@uchicago.edu) and Francesco Lucchini (email: Francesco.Lucchini@courtauld.ac.uk)

Further information: For full details see The Clever Object reading group

Texts for this week are:

Jules David Prown, “Mind in Matter: An Introduction to Material Culture Theory and Method,” in Art as Evidence: Writings on Art and Material Culture (London: Yale University Press, 2001), pp69-95.

Alfred Gell, “The Technology of Enchantment and the Enchantment of Technology,” in The Art of Anthropology: Essays and Diagrams, ed. E. Hirsch (London: Athlone Press, 1999), pp159-186.




Dmitri Gutov in Conversation with Sarah Wilson

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

12.00 - 14.00, Research Forum South Room


Mikhail Lifshitz, 1941

Speaker(s): Dmitri Gutov (artist)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sarah Wilson

Further information: Dmitry Gutov was born in 1960 in Moscow. He graduated from the Institute of Art, Sculpture and Architecture of the Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg. He has worked as an artist since 1988, since when he has participated in more than 100 exhibitions, notably in Russia!, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2006, the Venice Biennale and Documenta, Kassel, in 2007. He works in all media: painting, installations, photo and videos. His most recent show, Used at the M & J Guelman Gallery in the Winzavod former winery, Moscow, maroons Cold War and obsolete household artefacts in vertical wire frames, reminiscent of both prison bars and more musical, Zen-like notations.
Gutov propagates a Marxist aesthetic, not in its likeable, utopian variant of the 1920s, but rather in the form that emerged during the 1930s. In Russia, this aesthetic is broadly associated with the theoretician and critic Mikhail Lifshitz, famous for his editions of texts by Marx, Engels, and Lenin on art, and literature, and notorious for his scathing critiques of modern Western art. Gutov has founded a “Lifshitz Institute” in this controversial thinker’s honour. Extracts from his Lifshitz Institute video (2004-5) will be shown at the end of this talk.
Gutov has been invited to work with Sarah Wilson on a major project reflecting upon French and Russian socialist realism for 2010.
See www.gutov.ru/works.htm for further information on Gutov.




‘The Clever Object’ – Reading Group

Facture and Theory-Building

Thursday, 29 May 2008 (note date)

10.30 - 12.00 (note time), Research Forum South Room

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Matthew Hunter (email: mchunter@uchicago.edu) and Francesco Lucchini (email: Francesco.Lucchini@courtauld.ac.uk)

Further information: For full details see The Clever Object reading group

Texts for this week are:

Joseph Koerner, “Factura,” Res 36 (1999), pp5-19.

Michael Baxandall, “Material” and “Period Eye,” in The Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany (London: Yale University Press, 1980), pp27-48 and 143-163.



Research seminar: Medieval Work In Progress

The Earliest Christian Decorated Books: Function and Use

Thursday, 29 May 2008

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor John Lowden (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor John Lowden




JUNE


RESEARCH SEMINAR: MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY

Between Stalin and Schnabel: Postcommunist Co-authorship in New York

Monday, 2 June 2008

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Nadim Samman (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Caroline Arscott




'The Clever Object’ – Reading Group

What Do Objects Really Know?

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

14.30 - 16.30, Research Forum South Room

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Matthew Hunter (email: mchunter@uchicago.edu) and Francesco Lucchini (email: Francesco.Lucchini@courtauld.ac.uk)

Further information: For full details see The Clever Object reading group

Texts for this week are:

Peter Galison, “Cloud Chambers: The Peculiar Genius of British Physics,” in Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics (London: University of Chicago Press, 1999), pp65-142.

Pamela H. Smith, “Artisanal Epistemology,” in The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (London: University of Chicago Press, 2004), pp59-94.




CONFERENCE
The 26th Annual Gerry Hedley Student Symposium

Monday, 9 June 2008
09.30 - 18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (with registration from 9.00am)


Gerry Hedley
1949-1990
Speaker(s): Jane McCree, Rose Miller, Laura Mills, Emily Neider and Shelley Sims (Courtauld Institute of Art),  Andrea Kappes and Christine Slottved Reelsbo (Hamilton Kerr Institute), and Jennifer Bullock, Elizabeth Courtney, Bettina Ebert, Scott Fletcher and Natalie Richards (University of Northumbria)

Ticket/entry details: All tickets are £15. Booking is limited, so early booking is advisable. All delegates must be registered by 2 June. Booking should be done through the symposium website, where the appropriate forms can be downloaded (www.geocities.com/gerryhedley). Cheques need to be made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ and sent along with the Booking Form found on the website to: "Gerry Hedley Student Symposium", Department of Conservation & Technology, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN.
Lunch is not included but the symposium will be followed by drinks and refreshments in the Student Café.

Organised by: Students of Conservation and Technology, Courtauld Institute of Art

Further information: The Gerry Hedley Student Symposium is an annual student-led conference providing students with an opportunity to share their work and research with all three UK institutions offering a postgraduate education in the conservation of paintings. It is named after Gerry Hedley, a Reader at the Courtauld Institute of Art, who taught generations of Conservation students and was a leader in research before his death in 1990.
Topics for this year’s symposium range from technical studies of artists’ materials and techniques, treatment reports, materials testing and investigations of various conservation practices past and present. The conference also provides an environment where students and professionals can share ideas and interact.
For more information and booking, please visit www.geocities.com/gerryhedley

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9 Scripts from a Nation at War - in Conversation

Monday 9 June 2008

19.00 – 20.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre



9 Scripts From a Nation at War (2007)
by Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, David Thorne Multi-channel video installation
Script: Veteran: I am thinking I should put on my uniform.

Speaker(s): 9 Scripts from a Nation at War artists Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt (tbc), Katya Sander and David Thorne (tbc)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Julian Stallabrass and Jeannine Tang,

Further information: An artist talk featuring the artists behind the collaborative project 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, a 10-part video installation responding to conditions and questions that have arisen since March 2003. While this date marks the beginning of the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and its allied military forces, it is a conflict reaching backwards and forwards in history, memory and space, as a "long war" that has few, if any, boundaries. The project is structured around a central question: How does war construct specific positions for individuals to fill, enact, speak from, or resist? 9 Scripts from a Nation at War considers the processes by which we are positioned as certain kinds of "individuals" in relation to war — artists, soldiers, students, prisoners, detainees, citizens, Iraqis, Europeans, Americans, and so on. Produced for documenta 12 with the support of the American Center Foundation and The Danish Arts Council, the work was developed, in part, during a Vera List Center Fellowship, and supported by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
9 Scripts from a Nation at War will be installed in the Level 2 Gallery at Tate Modern from 13 June – 25 August. The exhibition will include Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064, a five-hour public reading of fifteen tribunals held at the U.S. military prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, between July 2004 and March 2005.  The reading will take place in the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern on Thursday 12 June from 12.30 to 17.30. This event will be free to the public, and audience members may come and go during the course of the reading. For more information, please visit the project’s website at http://9scripts.info

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‘The Clever Object’ – Reading Group

Ingenious Objects

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

13.00 - 15.00 (note time), Research Forum South Room

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Matthew Hunter (email: mchunter@uchicago.edu) and Francesco Lucchini (email: Francesco.Lucchini@courtauld.ac.uk)

Further information: For full details see The Clever Object reading group

Texts for this week are:

Michael Cole, “Salt, Composition, and the Goldsmith’s Intelligence,” in Cellini and the Principles of Sculpture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp15-42.

George Basalla, “Transformed Utilitarian Objects,” Winterthur Portfolio 17 (1982), pp183–201.




Medieval Student Work in Progress Seminar

Art and Nature: A Workshop

Thursday, 12 June 2008

14.00 - 16.15, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Courtauld PhD students and alumni: Renana Bartal, Laura Cleaver, Heidi Gearhart, Kate Gerry, Francesco Lucchini, Tom Nickson, Michalis Olympios, Géraldine Victor, Matthew Woodworth

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission, but please book (for catering purposes) by 9 June if you would like to attend. Contact Laura Cleaver (laura.cleaver@courtauld.ac.uk) to make a booking and for further information.

Organised by: Laura Cleaver

Further information: This workshop will preview the research to be presented by Courtauld students and alumni at the International Medieval Congress taking place in Leeds from 7 to 10 July 2008. At the International Medieval Congress the Courtauld speakers will present three linked sessions on the theme of art and nature. This afternoon’s programme will provide an opportunity to discuss the work in progress.




Research Seminar: Medieval Work In Progress

The Works of Mercy at the Baptistery of Parma: Benedetto Antelami's Cycle on the Portale del Redentore (1196) and the Fresco in the Undicesimo Nicchione (ca.1370-80)

Thursday, 12 June 2008

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Federico Botana (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor John Lowden




CONFERENCE

‘In despight of the devouring flame’: The Temple Church in London


Saturday 14 June 2008

09.45 – 18.15, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (with registration from 9.15am)

 

Interior, The Temple Church   Photo: © Chris Christodoulou

Interior, The Temple Church   Photo: © Chris Christodoulou


Speaker(s): The Rev’d Robin Griffith-Jones (Master of The Temple), Prof. Virginia Jansen (Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz), Philip Lankester (Royal Armouries, Leeds), Dr. Helen Nicholson (University of Cardiff), David Park (Courtauld Institute of Art), Prof. Rosemary Sweet (University of Leicester), Dr. William Whyte (St. John’s College, Oxford), Prof. Christopher Wilson (Emeritus, University College London)

Ticket/entry details: £15 (£10 concessions and Courtauld staff and students). Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Coordinator & 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 of Art) and The Rev’d Robin Griffith-Jones (Master of The Temple)

Further information: 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, its significance in terms of 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 (for which see www.templechurch.com for details).

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'The Clever Object’ – Reading Group

Textual Cleverness

Thursday, 19 June 2008 (note date)

14.30 - 16.30, Wellcome Trust (note venue)
Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE (meeting in the exhibition space)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Matthew Hunter (email: mchunter@uchicago.edu) and Francesco Lucchini (email: Francesco.Lucchini@courtauld.ac.uk)

Further information: For full details see The Clever Object reading group

Texts for this week are:

Bruno Latour, “Drawing Things Together,” in Representation in Scientific Practice, eds. M. Lynch and S. Woolgar (London: MIT Press, 1990), pp19-68.

Christopher Wood, “Riegl’s Mache,” Res 46 (2004), pp155-172.




CONFERENCE

Creative Writing and Art History: From the Fictional to the Biographical

Saturday, 21 June 2008

10.00 – 18.15, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (registration from 09.30)

Speaker(s): Confirmed to date are: Elizabeth Eger (Kings College London), Carol Mavor (University of Manchester), Jeremy Melius (University of Berkeley, California), Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld Institute of Art), Stephanie Porras (Courtauld Institute of Art), Adrian Rifkin (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, places are free but should be booked in advance for catering purposes. Please make a booking by emailing ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk by Wednesday 18 June 2008

Organised by: Professor Patricia Rubin and Dr Catherine Grant

Further information: This one-day symposium considers the variety of ways in which the writing of art history intersects with creative writing, including novels, biographies and experimental approaches to the subject of both art and the artist. Held as part of the Writing Art History Seminar (click here for more information), this symposium intends to foster discussion about the different ways in which art history and creative writing have been combined, with papers expected from a wide range of periods, focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The morning session will focus on the relationship of creative writing to art history, with Adrian Rifkin considering what it is that creative writing might do for art history, whilst Carol Mavor uses the fairytale as a way of weaving together stories about boyhood and art, circling around the letter ‘O’. The afternoon focuses on biography in relation to art history, with papers considering the fictions that are created by artists and historians in the construction of biographies, and the impact of the biographical on art histories. The papers will include Elisabeth Eger’s investigation into the creative uses of both portraiture and biography by eighteenth-century intellectual women, following on from her recent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery: Brilliant Women: 18th-century Bluestockings. The symposium will conclude with a round-table, inviting the audience to contribute to the discussions developed over the course of the day.

Please see Writing Art History for more details on the Research Forum’s series.

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You Silently (Two): Image – Object – Text

 

Monday 23 June 2008

18.00 - 19.00, Conversazione, Research Forum South Room

19.00 - 20.30, exhibition in The Courtauld Library foyer and reception in the Front Hall

Speaker(s): David Plante (Columbia University), Patricia Scanlan (poet and artist), Marina Warner (University of Essex and author and curator), Sam Winston (artist)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Nicolas Dubois

Further information: An evening of readings and discussion will launch the first publication of Kopsotia, the concrete poems of Nikos Stangos, written in l962-3. This sequence of love poems, made on typewriter and photocopier, has been printed by Patricia Scanlan of Artery Editions in different versions on Perspex and paper
Marina Warner will introduce and talk about the exhibition on view in The Courtauld Library and its antechamber, with a focus on visual poetry in the age of the internet.
David Plante will read from the work of Nikos Stangos, including from the poems collected in Pure Reason (Thames & Hudson, 2007) and remember his partner, the poet, editor, and friend.
Patricia Scanlan, poet and artist, will talk about the making of the editions.
The artist Sam Winston will discuss his own work with books, words, and objects, which is on display in the accompanying exhibition and includes examples of the poems printed on Perspex and paper.




CONFERENCE

Writing Modern Art History: Papers in Honour of Christopher Green


Thursday 3 July 2008, 17.30 – 19.15 (with registration from 17.00)

Friday 4 July 2008, 09.30 – 16.00 (with registration from 09.00)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre


John Milner after Juan Gris, The Painter’s Window (1925), 1993.

Speaker(s): include Dawn Ades (University of Essex), Grace Brockington (University of Bristol), David Cottington (Kingston University), Romy Golan (City University of New York), Christopher Green (Courtauld Insitute of Art), David Lomas (University of Manchester), C F B Miller (Courtauld Institute of Art), Jennifer Mundy (Tate), Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: All tickets are £15. 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 ‘Writing Modern Art History/ Christopher Green conference’. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785/2909. For further information, send an e-mail to ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk

Organised by: Dr C F B Miller

Further information: This conference presents a cross-section of contemporary practice in the art history of European modernism. Leading scholars from Britain and the US will articulate their current research, address issues of methodology and pedagogy, and question the relation between the academy and the museum. All the speakers share a common formation at the Courtauld Institute of Art, the majority having been, at different times, doctoral students of Professor Christopher Green. It is to mark the occasion of Professor Green’s retirement that the Courtauld convenes this event; in their variety the papers represent the wide-ranging legacy of a generous teacher and internationally eminent authority on modern art. Topics include: surrealism and shamanism; art and internationalism; modernity and the avant-garde; Picasso and prehistory; modernism and the mural; and cubism and physics. A round-table of distinguished academic curators will also discuss the theme, ‘Decent Exposure? Making an Exhibition of Modern Art History’.

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