Amaravati: The art of an early buddhist monument in context

Conference

Friday 5 September, 18.00 – 20.45 (with registration from 17.30)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Saturday 6 September, 10.00 – 17.20 (with registration from 09.30)
The Hugh and Catherine Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

buddhist relief sculpture
Amaravati: relief depicting a stupa with a figure of the Buddha standing at the entrance. Photograph© The Trustees of the British Museum.


Speaker(s) include: Akira Shimada (State University of New York at New Paltz), Peter Skilling (French School of Asian Studies [EFEO], Bangkok), Monika Zin (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München [Munich] and Freie Universität....

Ticket/entry details: £20 (£12 students and concessions). Complimentary places available for British Museum staff and Courtauld staff/students.
Organised by: Dr Michael Willis (The British Museum) and Professor David Park (The Courtauld Institute of Art).


The Great Stupa at Amaravati was one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in India. Founded before 200 BCE, it was enlarged and embellished with innumerable superb sculptures over the following four centuries.  More than 120 of these sculptures entered the collection of the British Museum in 1880, forming the most important single group

of Indian sculptures outside the subcontinent. This conference celebrates the reopening of the Asahi Shimbun Gallery..... read more



a Game in Hell. The great War in Russia

Conference

Saturday, 27 September 2014

10.00 - 17.00 (with registration from 09.30), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Field with castle and soldiers on horseback and on foot at war
Aristakh Lentulov, with text by Vladimir Mayakovsky, The Austrians Surrendered Lvov to the Russians/ Like Rabbits Defeated by Lions, lithograph, 1914. Courtesy GRAD and Sergei Shestakov






Speaker(s): include Dr Jonathan Black (Kingston University, London), Prof John E. Bowlt (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), Prof John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Dr Nicoletta Misler (Instituto.....

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 concessions students and over 60, £8 GRAD members).

Organised by: Professor John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Alexandra Chiriac (GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design), and Natalia Budanova (Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre, CCRAC)

This full-day interdisciplinary conference coincides with the opening of the exhibition ‘A Game in Hell’: The Great War in Russia at GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design. Curated by two of today’s most prominent Russian scholars, Professor John Bowlt and Dr Nicoletta Misler, the exhibition examines the artistic and historical.....read more



Jasper Johns Regrets

Thursday, 2 October 2014

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Dr James Boaden (Department of History of Art, University of York)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: the Research Forum

This lecture aims to situate the new works by Jasper Johns, on display in The Courtauld Gallery (Jasper Johns: Regrets,12 September - 14 December 2014), within the wider scope of the artist's work and to outline some of the connections it makes with the medium of photography. The works are all developed from a photograph retrieved from Francis Bacon’s studio of Lucian Freud – the works by Johns represent an unusual foray.....read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

The Stuff of Dreams? Approaching Surrealist Objects as Instruments of Magic

Monday, 6 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Will Atkin (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva




Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Elite Art in an Age of Populism

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

17.30 - 18.30 (with registration from 17.00), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Graffiti on wall includes a tortoise with text on shell in a human head
Street art, Ljubljana. Photo: Julian Stallabrass




Speaker(s): Professor Julian Stallabrass (Professor of Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission, however due to limited capacity advance booking is strongly recommended. FULLY BOOKED but waiting list......  

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Postmodernism was characterised by a strong strain of populism that celebrated the tastes of ordinary people. Venturi and his collaborators celebrated the architecture and urban fabric of Las Vegas, for example. There remains a powerful trend to a branded, populist art in contemporary art. Yet this is different from the earlier version.....read more



Research seminar: MeDieval Work in Progress

An (Il)Legible Capital at Moutiers-St-Jean

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Kirk Ambrose (University of Colorado Boulder)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space

Venice, Print, and the Public Life of Islands

Monday, 13 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Bronwen Wilson (Department of Art History and World Art Studies, Sainsbury Institute for Art, University of East Anglia)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The insular topography of Venice was instrumental in its foundation and in forging its medieval and early modern urban and political identities. As this talk argues, the distinctive character of this cityscape also fostered new possibilities for public life. Importantly, islands are places in between other places —“mental stepping stones” in John Gillis’ apt phrase. Thus Bronwen Wilson will consider the symbolic and diagrammatic dimensions.....read more



Research seminar: Joint Renaissance and MeDieval Work in Progress

The Eye of Darius: Medieval - Renaissance - Early Modern

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Peter Dent (University of Bristol)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Reading Race in some Passing Gestures of the 1960s

Monday, 20 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Levi Prombaum (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva



Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Globalisation Before Globalisation: ‘Magiciens de la Terre’?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

17.30 - 18.30 (with registration from 17.00), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

blue sculptural globe in sky above Centre Pompidou
Neil Dawson (Christchurch, New Zealand), Globe, 1989. PVC, epoxy resin, carbon fibre. 5m diameter. © Courtesy the artist.



Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Wilson (Professor of Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission, however due to limited capacity advance booking is strongly recommended. FULLY BOOKED but waiting list.....

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

2014 is a year of significant birthdays: the 25th anniversary of Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the 20th anniversary of Jacques Derrida’s Archive Fever, originally a talk at The Courtauld Institute of Art which Sarah Wilson hosted. The 30th anniversary of Jean-François Lyotard’s Les Immatériaux at the Pompidou is celebrated one year early in Dusseldorf. Professorial lectures must look back – and of course look forward. Looking back one notes the remarkable change in the modern and.....read more



Research seminar: MeDieval Work in Progress

The Contested Body. Montecassino, Architecture, and Praesentia

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Michele Vescovi (University of York):

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson




Jack of Diamonds Dispute 1

Friday, 24 October 2014

18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Konstantin Akinsha, James Butterwick, Elena Sudakova.

Ticket/entry details: Open to all

Organised by: Professor John Milner and Natalia Murray

The Jack of Diamonds was an enormously influential Russian Artists' Association based in Moscow and active from 1910-1917. Its large exhibitions brought together the latest Western art from Paris, Munich and eleswhere in confrontation with the latest innovative Russian art. One result of this was to trigger a very lively debate about Russian culture, and whether it needs to pay any attention at all to Western precedents. This issue of a culture.....read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space

Urbanity and Public Space; the Maydan in Isfahan

Monday, 27 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Sussan Babaie and graduate students (the Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The 2014-15 Early Modern Seminar Series focuses on the topic of urbanity and the making of the public space. Scholars from diverse geographies of the early modern period consider facets of urban history and representations of the city in the period between the 15th and the 17th centuries. The series includes occasional gatherings of doctoral candidates at The Courtauld for a workshop to explore the kinds of questions the theme of the series might raise or reflect upon.



Research seminar: Art & Vision Science

The Sackler Centre Seminar Series: 1

Synaesthesia, Embodiment, and our Multi-sensory World

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Two eye-like forms in black space with white dots (Like starry sky); red zigzag leading from one eye towards the other
Samantha Moore, ‘Siren and Lights’, still from animated documentary An Eyeful of Sound (work in progress). © Samantha Moore, 2012.



Speaker(s): Professor Jamie Ward (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Sussex)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Tim Satterthwaite and Dr Giovanni Verri

Vision acts as a gateway to our other senses – a fact that has been profitably exploited in works of art. Although all of our sensory organs (eyes, ears, skin, etc.) are separate, the information that is extracted and processed from these organs by the brain is highly interconnected. What we see influences what we hear, touch, taste and smell, and this can be illustrated through our susceptibility to.....read more



The Invisible Secrets of Tibetan Thangkas

Thursday, 30 October 2014

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

comparison between the visible image, x-radiograph and infrared-reflectography in a Thangka
Detail of a thangka at the Museo Nazional d'Arte Orientale 'Giuseppe Tucci' in Rome. The comparison between the visible image, x-radiograph and infrared-reflectography is used to reveal some of the hidden secrets of thangkas. Courtesy: ENEA and Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale ‘Giuseppe Tucci’, Rome

Speaker(s): Claudio Seccaroni (Cultural Heritage Section of the National Agency for New Technologies [ENEA], Italy)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor David Park and Dr Giovanni Verri

A thangka is a devotional image characteristic of Tibetan Buddhism. It is used in meditation, in prayer, and in religious ceremonies. The Museo  Nazionale d'Arte Orientale 'Giuseppe Tucci' in Rome has a large collection of thangkas collected during a number of scientific expeditions between 1928 and 1954 in Nepal and Tibet by the Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci (1894-1984). A considerable number of artworks from this collection was investigated using non-destructive techniques such as x-radiography, infrared reflectography, x-ray fluorescence, etc., which aimed at collecting information on materials, setting.....read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Whistler’s Mother: An International Misunderstanding

Monday, 3 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Hélène Valance (Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Fellow, The Courtauld)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva



Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Material Matters: Looking Through Paintings

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

17.30 - 18.30 (with registration from 17.00), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

near IR scan of Gauguin's Nevermore
Paul Gauguin, Nevermore, 1897. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London. Near IR scan (image credit Mattia Patti, MOLAB Charisma)






Speaker(s): Professor Aviva Burnstock (Head of Conservation and Technology, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission, however due to limited capacity advance booking is strongly recommended. FULLY BOOKED but waiting list .....

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Technical and material examination of paintings can reveal aspects of artistic process and practice and highlight how images have changed. Thus technical evidence can inform historical interpretation of works of art and influence decisions about conservation and display. The lecture will highlight examples of paintings where.....read more



Research seminar: Renaissance

Flesh or Stone? Michelangelo's Statue of Lorenzo in the Medici Chapel

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Dr Luca Giuliani (Wissenschaftskollegs zu Berlin)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini



Jack of Diamonds Dispute 2

Friday, 7 November 2014

18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): John Milner, Robin Milner-Gulland, Jordan Tobin.

Ticket/entry details: Open to all

Organised by: Professor John Milner and Natalia Murray

The Jack of Diamonds was an enormously influential Russian Artists' Association based in Moscow and active from 1910-1917. Its large exhibitions brought together the latest Western art from Paris, Munich and eleswhere in confrontation with the latest innovative Russian art. One result of this was to trigger a very lively debate about Russian culture, and whether it needs to pay any attention at all to Western precedents. This issue of a culture.....read more



The Intelligent Hand, 1500-1800

Sixth Early Modern Symposium

Saturday, 8 November 2014

10.00 - 17.45 (with registration from 09.30) , Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art


Painted self portrait of a man in a convex mirror

Parmigianino (1503-1540), Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, 1523/4. Oil on panel, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna



Speaker(s): Yannis Hadjinicolaou (Freie Universität Berlin / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Carlton Hughes (University of South Carolina-Upstate), Anna Sgobbi (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität, Munich)...

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions).

Organised by: Austeja MacKelaite and Camilla Pietrabissa

The hand - the “instrument of instruments” - has fascinated artists, scientists and philosophers from Aristotle onwards. Its remarkable dexterity, anatomical complexity, and the ability to manipulate were seen as defining features distinguishing humanity from animality, as well as indicators of the superiority of the former.

Taking as its starting point the sixteenth-century humanist Dominicus Lampsonius’ claim that ‘the Netherlander / Has intelligence in his hand’, this one-day Symposium will investigate the hand both as the means and the subject of representation in Early Modern art and visual..... read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space

The Square, the Streets, and Denizens of Istanbul in Ottoman Court Narratives: Practices of Urban Space and Shifts in Visuality

Monday, 10 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Women appealing for justice at the Hippodrome of Istanbul
Women appealing for justice at the Hippodrome of Istanbul, in Seyyid Lokman’s Hünername (1587-88), detail, Topkapi Palace Museum Library, H 1524, vol. 2, fol. 250r

Speaker(s): Professor Çigdem Kafescioglu (Department of History, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

Exploring intersections of spaces, practices, and representations of urbanity and the city in late sixteenth-century Istanbul, the paper traces the emergence of a set of new themes centered on the street and on the main public square of the Ottoman capital in illustrated court histories of the period. It considers visual and textual images of the city that located actors – elite and commoner – in public spaces in view of the changing urban life of an expanding metropolis and its frequently conflicted political environment. It proposes an expanded interpretative framework for these.....read more



Research seminar: History of Photography

The Creative Force of Nonhuman Photography

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

This talk offers an exposition of the concept of ‘nonhuman photography’. What is meant by nonhuman photography here is not just photos taken by agents that are not human, such as CCTV cameras, body scanners, space satellites or Google Street View, although some of these examples will be referenced throughout the argument. Yet the principal aim of Joanna Zylinska’s talk is to suggest that there is more to photography than meets the (human) eye and that all photography is to some extent nonhuman. While this nonhuman.....read more



Hermitage Revealed (FILM SCREENING)


Friday, 14 November 2014

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre



View of the Hermitage Museum on a film poster By kind permission of Foxtrot Films Ltd, award-winning producer of arts films www.foxtrotfilms.com. Speaker: Margy Kinmonth

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: the Research Forum in collaboration with Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary the museum opened its doors for the filming of Hermitage Revealed - a cinematic event that is a must-see for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia....read more




Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

The Mission of a Contemporary Parsifal: How Christoph Schlingensief Opened up the Wounds of a Traumatised Germany

Monday, 17 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Sarah Hegenbart (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva



Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Interior Fictions: Dressing-gowns and Shipwrecks in Diderot's 'Regrets'

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

17.30 - 18.30 (with registration from 17.00), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Flowers and fruit on a sky blue background
Jean Revel, Woven silk c. 1735 (detail). V&A Museum ref. T.187-1922




Speaker(s): Professor Katie Scott (Professor of Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission, however due to limited capacity advance booking is strongly recommended. FULLY BOOKED but waiting list......

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

The subject of this lecture is an essay or short story by Denis Diderot, ‘Regrets sur ma vieille robe de chambre’, sometimes considered a digression in his Salon 1769, and one of the rare pieces of his writing on art published during his lifetime. Held together by an ironic narrative on the subject of gift giving, the essay raises questions about materiality, portraiture and the interior of a methodological, evidential, and interpretative kind. What.....read more



Research seminar: MeDieval Work in Progress

Lancaster Castle Revealed

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr John Goodall (Architectural Editor, Country Life)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson



The Material Archive. From Material Knowledge to Material Literacy Since 1800

Thursday, 20 November 2014

16.00 - 17.30, Research Forum South Room

Chart of materials including minerals in alphabetical order starting at letter A
Screenshot of the Material Archiv http://www.materialarchiv.ch







Speaker(s): Dr Ann-Sophie Lehmann (Associate Professor,  Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Joanna Woodall

To obtain knowledge about materials is crucial for artists, art historians, scientists, conservators and all those involved in making, understanding and conserving works of art. While this knowledge is usually transmitted through word and image, there are also the actual materials that embody and provide knowledge. Due to their.....read more



AD Vivum?

Conference

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 November 2014

14.00 - 18.00 (with registration from 13.30) and 09.30 - 18.15 (with registration from 09.00), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

A drawing of a mule in harnessFormerly attributed to Roelandt Savery (1576-1639), Mule in Harness, 1562, pen and ink, chalk (black) on paper. The Count Antoine Seilern bequest at The Courtauld Gallery.

Speaker(s): Sachiko Kusukawa (University of Cambridge), Robert Felfe (University of Hamburg), Noa Turel (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Sheila McTighe (The Courtauld Institute of Art)...

Ticket/entry details: £25 (£15 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions).

Organised by: Professor Joanna Woodall and Dr Thomas Balfe (The Courtauld Institute of Art).

The term ad vivum and its cognates al vivo, au vif, nach dem Leben and naer het leven have been applied since the thirteenth century to depictions designated as from, to or after (the) life. This one and a half day event will explore the issues raised by this vocabulary in relation to visual materials produced and used in Europe before 1800, including portraiture, botanical, zoological, medical and topographical images, images of novel and newly discovered phenomena, and likenesses created through direct contact with the object being depicted, such as metal casts of animals.....read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space

The Decline of London’s ‘Common Squares’, c.1690-1750

Monday, 24 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Todd Longstaffe-Gowan (Landscape Architect and Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, London) , London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The 2014-15 Early Modern Seminar Series focuses on the topic of urbanity and the making of the public space. Scholars from diverse geographies of the early modern period consider facets of urban history and representations of the city in the period between the 15th and the 17th centuries. The series includes occasional gatherings of doctoral candidates at The Courtauld for a workshop to explore the kinds of questions the theme of the series might raise or reflect upon.



Research Seminar: Contemporaneity in South Asian Art
Polyphonic Modernisms and the Art of V. S. Gaitonde

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
18.00, Research Forum South Room


a woman lecturing in front of an abstract painting Sandhini Poddar, Adjunct Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Installation view: V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life, October 24, 2014–February 11, 2015, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Speaker(s): Sandhini Poddar (Adjunct Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Zehra Jumabhoy with Professor Deborah Swallow (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on the 24th of October 2014. Curated by the Guggenheim’s Sandhini Poddar and billed as the most comprehensive overview of Gaitonde’s work to date, the retrospective comprises forty-five major paintings and works on paper drawn from thirty leading public institutions and private collections across Asia, Europe, and the United States......read more

 












sAcred Traditions and the Arts seminar

Solve Calceamentum de Pedibus Tuis: Locus Enim, in Quo Stas, Terra Sancta Est’ (exod. 3: 5): Liturgical, Theological, Architectural, and Art Historical Perspectives on the Ethiopian Church

Thursday, 27 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

1.	Ethiopian Monk Showing a Portrait of St John from a 13th Century Gospel Manuscript
Ethiopian Monk Showing a Portrait of St. John from a Thirteenth-Century Gospel Manuscript, Lake Tana, Church of Debre Maryam, 2013 (photo: Jacopo Gnisci)

Speaker(s): Dr. Erica C D Hunter (Senior Lecturer in Eastern Christianity, School of Oriental and African Studies) and Jacopo Gnisci (art historian specialising in Ethiopian art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Ben Quash (King’s College London) and Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld)

The Ethiopian Church, today known as the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, is unique in many ways. The first part of this seminar will provide an overview of the rich history of Christianity in Ethiopia, following its official espousal in the fourth century, then will explore the role and significance of the tabot (Ark of the Covenant) in the Ethiopian Church. The second part of the seminar will examine how the theology and spirituality.....read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Gustave Caillebotte and the Working Man's Body in the Cultural Imaginary of the Early French Third Republic

Monday, 1 December 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Samuel Raybone (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva



Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Dyeing, Bleaching, Printing: Morris and Abundance

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

17.30 - 18.30 (with registration from 17.00), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Printed pattern with strawberries, birds, flowers and foliage
William Morris, Strawberry Thief, 1883. Printed cotton furnishing textile. V&A Museum ref. T.586-1919. Given by Morris & Co.






Speaker(s): Professor Caroline Arscott (Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission, however due to limited capacity advance booking is strongly recommended. FULLY BOOKED but waiting list......

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

William Morris addressed themes of nature’s abundance and envisioned integrated social systems that would allow all to access plenty.  His understanding of beauty was linked to these ideas about the natural world and social organisation.  This lecture looks at the way that colour and dyestuffs in the Morris & Co. printed fabrics contribute to the aesthetic effect and can be understood.....read more



Research seminar: Renaissance

Dosso and Battista Dossi and their workshop

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Alessandra Pattanaro (Universita’ di Padova)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini



Religion, Art and Conflict: Disputes, Destruction and Creation
Conference

Friday 5 December 2014, 14.00 - 18.30 (with registration from 13.30)

Saturday 6 December 2014, 10.00 - 17.45 (with registration from 09.30)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Angel with flowing robes playing a horn
English 15th-century stained glass image of an angel with evidence of iconoclast damage.  Private collection, London



Speaker(s): Keynote speakers: James Carley (York University, Toronto/ University of Kent) and Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld). Other speakers are: Naomi Billingsley (University of Manchester), Lloyd De Beer.....

Ticket/entry details: £26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions) BOOK ONLINE.....

Organised by: Dr Michael Carter (The Courtauld)

Throughout history religion and belief have been the catalyst for the creation of great buildings and works of art. However, religious art has frequently been disputed, despised and destroyed. This one and a half day conference will examine the role of reform, ideology and conflict in the destruction and preservation of religious art and architecture. The conference will also investigate how theological disputes and religious conflicts have been the impetus for new intellectual and creative approaches to the visual and material arts......read more



Richard McDougall Lecture Autumn 2014

G.M.Woodward's Coffee-House Characters and Evolving Notions of British Humour

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

man in top hat reads out aloud while another looks at him grumpily
George M. Woodward, “The Private Declaimer”, Coffee-House Characters, or Hints to the Readers of Newspapers Exemplified in Eight Characteristic Designs with Letter Press Elucidations to Each Plate, ca. 1808, pencil, ink and watercolour. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Speaker(s): Ann Bermingham (Research Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

Preserved in the Yale Center for British Art is a small 34-page autograph book titled Coffee-House Characters, or Hints to the Readers of Newspapers Exemplified in Eight Characteristic Designs with Letter Press Elucidations to Each Plate by the amateur cartoonist George M. Woodward. The nine watercolour drawings accompanying the text depict patrons of coffee-houses circa 1808. As is typical of Woodward’s work, the satire directs its barbs away from the sharp and moralizing course so often associated with Hogarth, and visual satire of the eighteenth-century, and toward something gentler and more indulgent. This talk will explore Woodward’s Coffee-House Characters in relation to social change and evolving notions of British humour......read more





more to follow.....





Future conferences



ART, CRAFT, AND THE FIN-DE-SIECLE: BRITAIN AND RUSSIA (PART II)

The End of Empire: Women Artists in Britain and Russia, 1880-1917


Friday, 9 January 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre


Painting of women working in the nineteenth century Elena Polenova, Anatomy Students, oil on canvas, 81,5 ? 124, Polenovo Museum-Reserve.

Speaker(s): Natalya Polenova (Director, V. D Polenov State Museum-Reserve), Galina Mardilovich (Independent Scholar), Natalia Budanova (The Courtauld Institute of Art)...

Ticket/entry details: £12 (£7 Courtauld staff/students and concessions) BOOK ONLINE

Organised by: Dr Natalia Murray (The Courtauld) and Louise Hardiman (University of Cambridge)

In the second half of the 19th century women became dominant players in the art scene in both Britain and Russia. At the turn of 19-20 centuries women in both countries became prominent as progressive sculptors, applied artists and painters. Women’s patronage of the arts was also especially strong at the time – they opened art schools and studios as well as art academies and galleries......read more




IMMEDIATIONS

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Courtauld's Peer-reviewed Postgraduate Research Journal

Saturday, 17 January 2015
timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Logo with enormous number 10 Speaker(s): to be advised

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Harriette Peel, Eva Bezverkhny, Marie Collier, Jessica Eisenthal, Lily Foster, Lydia Hansell, Laura Sanders, and Maria Alessia Rossi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Immediations—The Courtauld Institute of Art’s peer-reviewed postgraduate research journal—celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2014. The first research journal to be produced by The Courtauld Institute of Art since its inception in 1932, Immediations has spent its first decade publishing innovate research from across the entire span of art history—chronological, methodological and geographical. The journal provides an invaluable first step in academic publishing for Courtauld postgraduate students and alumni, and its former contributors and editors have gone on to become leaders in their various scholarly fields......read more





Movement in Medieval Art and Architecture

20th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium


Saturday, 7 February 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre


Small scultped stone figures on a cathedral wallDetail of tympanum in the narthex at Vézelay.

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Organised by: Maria Alessia Rossi, Sophie Dentzer, and Matilde Grimaldi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


Pilgrimage, wars and trade are key components of the Middle Ages and all embody movement. This colloquium aims at exploring the importance of movement in the creative processes of medieval art and architecture. Participants are invited to interpret the notion of movement especially in relation to itinerant artists and workshops, the circulation of artworks and the transmission of ideas......read more and download the Call for Papers



UKRAINIAN ART NOW: spaces of identity

Friday 27 February 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

contemporary photograph of soldiers standing around a man's body Nikita Shalenny, Where Is Your Brother?, 2013. Courtesy of Nikita Shalenny.

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Organised by: Svitlana Biedarieva and Klara Kemp-Welch (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


Ukrainian Art Now: Spaces of Identity examines the cultural dimensions of the social reload that found its expression in the revolutionary Maidan events of November 2013-February 2014. Building on the unprecedented number of recent cultural events devoted to Ukrainian art worldwide (among others the touring exhibition I am a Drop in the Ocean: Art of the Ukrainian Revolution), our symposium brings together leading Ukrainian artists and curators to discuss identity, protest and the social legacies of contemporary Ukrainian art in relation to key political changes and cultural transformations......read more




The 2015 Courtauld institute of art Postgraduate Symposium: Showcasing new Research

Thursday, 5 March and Friday, 6 March 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Black and white photo of Courtauld students studying in the 1950s

Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Crossley (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

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Organised by: Eva Bezverkhny, Maria Alessia Rossi, Naomi Speakman and Naomi Lebens (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

The Courtauld Postgraduate Symposium: Showcasing Research 2015 will provide a unique platform for third year PhD students to present innovative research that will promote dialogue amongst a broad scholarly and public audience......read more




Sister Act: Female Monasticism and the Arts across Europe ca. 1250 - 1550


Friday, 13 March and Saturday, 14 March 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline 10 December 2014


Sister Act Sano di Pietro, Madonna della Misericordia, 1440s, Private Coll.(detail)


Keynote speaker: Professor Dr. Carola Jäggi (University of Zürich (CH))

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Organised by: Laura Llewellyn and Michaela Zöschg (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


This conference seeks to compare, contrast and juxtapose recent scholarly approaches to the art of Medieval and Renaissance religious women. Seeking to initiate a long overdue broader conversation, speakers will examine female monastic art in terms of patronage, space, devotional practice, spiritual identity or material history, spanning all of Europe and bridging the gap between.....read more




William Fagg and the study of African Art

Friday, 24 April and Saturday, 25 April 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

William Fagg Sculpture by Olowe of Ise, courtesy of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Speakers: to include: Professor Rowland Abioudun (Amherst College), Professor Sidney Kasfir (Emory University), Professor Elizabeth Harney (University....
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Organised by: Professors Christopher Green and Deborah Swallow with Cathy Corbett (Courtauld Institute of Art), Professor John Picton (formerly of SOAS and the British Museum) and Professor John Mack (UEA and formerly of the British Museum)  in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute

William Fagg was the great pioneer in Britain of the study of art in Africa. His interests ranged across all regions of the continent, and through all periods and forms. In his capacity as the leading authority on the subject at the British Museum, his appreciation of African art was ......read more



Third Annual Renaissance Postgraduate Symposium

Between Heaven and Earth: Ecclesiastical Patronage in Europe, 1400-1600

Saturday, 15 May 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline 2 February 2015

renaissance sympScenes from the Life of a Bishop, panel 1 (detail). Before c. 1520. Master of the von Groote Adoration  © The Courtauld Institute of  ArtIn recent years, the artistic commissions of ecclesiastic and lay patrons – both individual and collective – have been a fruitful area of scholarship. Research addressing issues of sacred space, devotional practice, and the materiality of extant objects has generated new insights into the artistic provisions made for patronal commemoration and salvation. Often, however, the interests of lay and ecclesiastical patrons have been considered separately, with a lesser focus on how the differences in their status mediated a shared pursuit of commemoration in death. Clerical patronage of art in Renaissance Europe allowed for an expression of political identity and .....read more





Women Make Fashion / Fashion makes Women

A Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Dress History at The Courtauld

Saturday, 16 May 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

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Organised by: Dr Rebecca Arnold (Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles, The Courtauld), Elizabeth Kutesko (PhD candidate, The Courtauld), and Lucy Moyse (PhD candidate, The Courtauld)

As part of our celebration of fifty years of History of Dress at The Courtauld, this one- day conference explores the relationship and significance of women in designing, wearing, promoting, curating and writing about dress and fashion. Speakers will consider this both from the perspective of those working professionally in the field, and those who consume, wear and document fashion. The conference will provide the opportunity to question how changes in dress, and its representation and exploration through the media, academia, and exhibiting, has impacted relationships between women and fashion, since.....read more



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