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, 14.00 – 18.30 (with registration from 13.30)
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) Online booking has closed; however, tickets will be available at the door.

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 the 19-20th centuries women in both countries became prominent......read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

How Not to be Seen: A Politics of Opacity in the Digital Age

Monday, 12 January 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Jessie Robertson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva

In the wake of the 2011 Occupy movement and the continuing fallout from the 2013 Snowden revelations, the realities of mass data surveillance have become impossible to ignore. The Internet, remotely piloted drones, biometric facial recognition technologies and algorithmic standardisations now form a mass-scale transparency machine, whose power and influence is expanding and evolving constantly. In reaction to this, many artists are choosing to explore an aesthetics of opacity, evasion and nonexistence as a means of.....read more



Spring 2015 Friends Lecture Series

Visual Cultures of Iran: New Perspectives:

Figures on the Edge: The Divan of Sultan Ahmad Jalayir

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

17.30 - 18.40, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Angels in gold clouds decorate a calligraphic script
Angels Amidst Clouds (detail). Probably Baghdad, ca. 1390s. Ink and gold on paper. Freer Gallery of Art, Purchase F1932.33



Speaker(s): Dr Massumeh Farhad (Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld)

Considered one of the masterpieces of medieval Persian art, the Divan of Sultan Ahmad Jalayir in the Freer Gallery of Art is the earliest extant collection of poetry of a reigning monarch in the Islamic world. Its eight enigmatic marginal compositions set new standards in the so-called qalam-siyahi or black ink technique and introduced an unprecedented taste for pictorial lyricism that continued to define Persian aesthetics for at least a century....read more



Research seminar: Renaissance

Colour in Line: Titian and Printmaking

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

17.30 Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Matthias Wivel (The National Gallery, London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini

The seminar will examine Titian’s often overlooked activities as a print designer, producer, and entrepreneur. A survey of his career as seen through prints, whether designed and produced by him, made by others with his sanction, or entirely independently of him, will tie this aspect of his work to his more central activities as a painter. In addition to.....read more



Joseph Kosuth in Conversation with Sarah Wilson and Anthony Downey

Friday, 16 January 2015 CANCELLED
18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Joseph Kosuth (artist), Anthony Downey (Director of Contemporary Art,  Sotheby's Institute, London), and Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission, but booking required.

Organised by: Professor Sarah Wilson

This conversation coincides with Joseph Kosuth's exhibition, 'Amnesia: Various, Luminous, Fixed.', at Spruth Magers London, 26 November 2014 to 14 February 2015.




IMMEDIATIONS

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

Saturday 17 January 2015

09.45 – 17.30 (with registration from 09.00). Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Logo with enormous number 10 Speaker(s): Jocelyn Anderson (The Courtauld Institute of Art); James Boaden (University of York); Laura Cleaver (Trinity College, Dublin); Katie Faulkner (The Courtauld...

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions) Online booking for this event has now closed, however tickets will be available to buy at the door (cash only please).

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

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.....read more




Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space:

Agra, Capital of The Mughal Empire and Utopia of The Past

Monday, 19 January 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Ebba Koch (University of Vienna)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The lecture presents a reconstruction of Mughal Agra which became in the early 16th century the first capital of the Mughal empire. Based on her groundbreaking fieldwork and research of over thirty years Professor Koch shows that the nucleus of the city had a suburban character. It consisted of formal gardens and garden palaces of the elite lining the river Yamuna on both sides. That the Taj Mahal  (1632-43) was built as part of this urban scheme had  an impact on its plan  and design....read more




research forum Visiting Curator Lecture

What Happened Around 1430?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

17.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Figure in armour with blue cloak
Konrad Witz, Sibechai (detail), ca. 1435, Basel, Kunstmuseum. Courtesy: Kunstmuseum Basel)

Speaker(s): Dr. Stephan Kemperdick (Curator of Early Netherlandish and Early German Painting, Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

The years around 1430 marked a fundamental change in northern European painting. Jan van Eyck and a few other Netherlandish artists developed new ways of representing aspects of the visible world. It was especially the mimetic rendering of optical sensations such as glow, transparency, cast shadows or aerial perspective that had been unknown in painting before, and their introduction amounted to a paradigm shift in the pictorial arts....read more




Research seminar: JOINT MeDieval Work in ProgreSS & RENAISSANCE

Trecento Images in Seicento Bologna: Towards an Aesthetics of the Miraculous

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Jessica N. Richardson (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson

This talk examines the reception and perception of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century monumental painting and sculpture in Bologna beginning in the fifteenth century and culminating in the drawings and descriptions of fifty such sacred images in the city ‘catalogued’ in two manuscripts by the Bolognese artist Francesco Cavazzoni in the first decade of the seventeenth century. The paper seeks to place the rare penning.....read more



research forum Visiting Curator Seminar

The History of the Ghent Altarpiece After its Completion

Thursday, 22 January 2015

16.00 - 18.00, Research Forum South Room

the Angel Gabriel
Michiel Coxcie, Gabriel, copy after the Ghent Altarpiece (detail), 1558, Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts. ©: Bruxelles, MRBA.

Speaker(s): Dr. Stephan Kemperdick (Curator of Early Netherlandish and Early German Painting, Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

Ticket/entry details: Open to postgraduate students and teaching and curatorial staff

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

The Ghent Altarpiece, created by Jan van Eyck and probably also by his brother Hubert, has for centuries been regarded as the true cornerstone of Early Netherlandish painting and, until the 19th century, even as the first work ever that was painted in oils. Accordingly, it presumably has caused more commentaries in historical times than any other painting from northern Europe before 1800. In the seminar, the different reactions to the work, both in literature and visual arts, shall be investigated, especially with..read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Le Corbusier’s Pavillon des Temps Nouveaux: Experiencing the Immersive Montage

Monday, 26 January 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Jenna Lundin (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva

Le Corbusier’s Pavillon des Temps Nouveaux: Experiencing the Immersive Montage uses the function of concepts proposed by Walter Benjamin as a way of examining the deeper governing logic of the experiential processes at play in exhibitions conceived as immersive montages. The integration of strategies of promotion and display into a distinctly modern conception of spatial design provides a nexus through which Jenna Lundin.....read more



Spring 2015 Friends Lecture Series

Visual Cultures of Iran: New Perspectives:

"I Seek Refuge in the Lord of Daybreak” (Qur’an 113:1): Apotropaic Uses of the Qur’an in Persianate Art and Material Culture

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

17.30 - 18.40, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Iranian magic-medicinal bowl
Magic-medicinal bowl. Possibly Shiraz, Iran. AH 1066/1655-56. Credit: Presented by Mrs. Johnson, 1992. Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, EA1992.51

Speaker(s): Dr Francesca Leoni (Yousef Jameel Curator of Islamic Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld)

From short passages inscribed on amulets worn on a daily basis to lengthier selections decorating military and ceremonial equipment, Qur’anic verses figure prominently on objects that are not directly related to Islamic religious practice. Along with attesting to the piety of users and makers, these verses were selected to imbue the objects with the protective powers of the most potent resource for Muslims: the Holy Qur’an

Specific chapters and prophetic figures occur with special frequency, particularly in the material culture. .....read more



Research seminar: Renaissance

Was Restoration a ‘Trade of Botchers’? Considerations on Sculptors as Restorers of Antiquities in Sixteenth-Century Rome

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Barbara Furlotti (The Warburg Institute)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini

During the sixteenth century, artists played a key role in widening the appreciation of antiquities by incorporating ancient formal and iconographic solutions into their own production and fostering the collecting of ancient remains. Artists acquired antiquities, collected them and especially restored them. This paper, based on research still in progress, aims at investigating the multifaceted notion of ‘restoration’ in sixteenth-century Rome – something that Benvenuto Cellini dismissed as ‘the trade of botchers’.....read more



Buddhist Art in Bhutan: A Distinctive Iconography


Thursday, 29 January 2015

18.00 - 19.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

painting of man in loose robes seated and playing a stringed instrument
Tango Monastery: Drukpa Kunley, painting in the Gyalsay Zimchung, c. 1688. Photo: The Courtauld Institute of Art

Speaker(s): Dr Françoise Pommaret (CRCAO/CNRS, Paris, & Adjunct Professor, ILCS, Royal University of Bhutan)
Ticket/entry details:  Open to all, free admission (no booking required)

Organised by: Professor David Park (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Bhutan is famous for its Buddhist art belonging to the Tibetan cultural matrix, which extends from Mongolia to Ladakh, and which includes northern Nepal and Sikkim. Due to its particular religious and political developments, however, Bhutanese art presents a distinctive iconography which reflects the history of the country. Deities, cultural heroes and religious figures mingle in an iconographic pattern which is not found elsewhere in the Himalayas, and which survived due to the country’s remoteness....read more



A Wall - The Online public sphere in china


Friday, 30 January 2015

17.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre


mountainous landscape with colourful trucksXiong Wenyun, Moving Rainbow, 1998 – 2001





Keynote Speaker: Zheng Bo

Speaker(s): Guy Armitage and Ruth Mackenzie
Ticket/entry details: Free, but advance booking required. BOOK ONLINE

Organised by: Wenny Teo (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Claire Shea (Cass Sculpture Foundation)


This symposium marks the launch of 'A Wall' -- a web-based platform curated by the artist Zheng Bo and commissioned by Cass Sculpture Foundation and the Space (BBC/ Arts Council) in partnership with British Council China, designed specifically for the archiving and exhibiting of Chinese socially engaged art......read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Registering Light: Constable as Draughtsman

Monday, 2 February 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Iris Wien (Marie Curie Fellow, Technical University Berlin)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor David Solkin

In his early drawings John Constable was inspired by the picturesque aesthetic and by its use of a calligraphic, yet at the same time highly abstract drawing style, which he, like many other British draughtsmen of the time, transformed into an accentuating mode of drawing capturing the textures and characteristic peculiarities of the drawn objects. From the second decade of the nineteenth century onwards the artist became more and more.....read more



Research seminar: art & Vision Science

The Sackler Centre Seminar Series: 2

Consciousness: Phenomenology and Neuroscience

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

A room with a variety of objects, including globes, a vase, steps, paintings, etc
Visual illusions provide insights into how the brain constructs visual scenes






Speaker(s): Professor Anil Seth (Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission. FULLY BOOKED

Organised by: Tim Satterthwaite and Dr Giovanni Verri (The Courtauld Institute of Art).

Consciousness is, for each of us, the presence of a world. But we do not know much about its material and biological basis. How do rich multisensory experiences, the sense of self and body, volition, agency, and ‘will’, emerge from the joint activity of billions of neurons locked inside a bony skull? Once the preserve of philosophy and theology, the neuroscience of consciousness has emerged.....read more



When Anxiety Becomes Attitude - 
What Constitutes Contemporary Chinese Art?


Thursday, 5 February 2015

17.30 - 19.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Tate Visiting Fellow Dr Wang Chunchen, Head of the Department of Curatorial Research of CAFA Art Museum at the Central Academy of Fine Arts China, in conversation with: Dr Shane McCausland (Reader in the History of Art of China at SOAS, University of London)

Ticket/entry details: As space is limited, advance booking is necessary, please email trc.asiapacific@tate.org.uk to reserve a place.

Organised by: Dr Wenny Teo (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Dr Voon Pow Bartlett (Tate Asia Pacific Research Centre)

For the first collaboration between Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific (TRC: AP) and The Courtauld Institute of Art, we are honoured to invite Dr Wang Chunchen, Head of the Department of Curatorial Research of CAFA Art Museum at the Central Academy of Fine Arts China, who is also the Visiting Fellow at TRC: AP, to present a seminar on the subject of the development and contextualization of Chinese contemporary art.....read more





Addressing Images I

Brown Bag Discussion Group

Friday, 6 February 2015

12.30 - 14.00, Research Forum South Room

women and fashion
Collage image by Alexis Romano

Speaker(s): Dr Rebecca Arnold (Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Booking for this event is now closed.

Organised by: Dr Rebecca Arnold

This series of brown bag events opens up discussion of dress’ significance within imagery – whether paintings, prints, photographs, advertisements, film stills or drawings. It brings together dress and art historians, as well as those interested in exploring issues and ...... read more





20th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium

Movement in Medieval Art and Architecture


Saturday, 7 February 2015

10.10 - 17.30 , Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

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

Speaker(s): Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky (Central European University, Budapest), Jennifer Owen (University of Edinburgh), Taylor McCall (University of Cambridge)...

Ticket/entry details: Online booking is closed, but tickets will be available on the door (free entry).

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......read more



Research seminar: Renaissance

Tree of Jesse Iconography and the Religious Orders in the Netherlands and Germany in the Late Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Centuries

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Susan Green (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini

The Tree of Jesse was a favourite theme throughout the Middle Ages, yet the survival of so many works that appear to appropriate the iconography as a means of supporting or promoting the interests of different religious groups, notably in the years leading to the Reformation, is particularly remarkable. Many of the works discussed are linked to the veneration of Saint Anne, whose cult had reached a peak in Germany and the.....read more



A future for regional museums?

Thursday, 12 February 2015 - POSTPONED: 18 March

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Collage of images, including photo of textile factory machines, medieval manuscripts, ivory figures, Roman coins, etc
Cotton To Gold an exhibition at Two Temple Place, London



Speaker(s): Paul Greenhalgh (Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich); Ellen McAdam (Director, Birmingham Museums Trust); Sarah Philp (Head of Programmes, The Art Fund); Sharon Heal.....

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Jack Hartnell and Martin Cagier-Smith (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Today, many regional museums - especially those under the control of Local Authorities - are weathering a financial and managerial crisis: subjected to cuts in funding, drastically reduced staffing and shrinking opening times. The contents of these museums and galleries, accumulated through the generosity of donors over the last 150 years, may soon be denied to their local populations and the public at large. This urgent discussion addresses the current.....read more



Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor Seminar

Climatic Regionalism and Transnational Exchange in the Emergence of Modern Architecture

Monday, 16 February 2015

18.00 - 19.30, Research Forum South Room

Victor and Aladar Olgyay at the Princeton Architectural Laboratory
Victor and Aladar Olgyay at the Princeton Architectural Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, 1947





Speaker(s): Dr Daniel A Barber (Assistant Professor of Architectural Theory and History, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor, The Courtauld)

Ticket/entry details: Open to postgraduate students and history of art and architecture teaching staff

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

This seminar will take as its premise that one of the most significant means by which the “international Style” became a global phenomenon was through architects’ attention to climate. We will examine the exchanges between a number of climate sensitive modernisms: in the influences and counterinfluences between Le Corbusier and Brazilian architects in the 1930s; in the work of the so-called “Tropical Architects” – British architects working in west.....read more



Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor Lecture

The Nature of the Image: Architecture, Humans, and History in the Anthropocene

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

17.30 - 18.45, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Architectural drawing of domed structure with figure walking in the dome, trees and garden surround
Victor Olgyay, Theory of Balanced Shelter, 1963

Speaker(s): Dr Daniel A Barber (Assistant Professor of Architectural Theory and History, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor, The Courtauld)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all , free admission

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

In his landmark 1966 essay, ‘The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth’, Kenneth Boulding wrote: “we are in the long process of a transition in the nature of the image which man has of himself and of his environment”. The way in which we imagine and represent the relationship between humans and natural systems, Boulding proposed, is central to changing aspects of that relationship.....read more



ICMA at THe Courtauld Lecture Series 2014-15

Art, Faith, and Politics in Late Medieval Venice

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

17.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Holger A Klein (Professor of Art History and Archaeology & Department Chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Joanna Cannon

Following the Crusader conquest of Constantinople in 1204 and the subsequent looting of its churches, chapels and palaces, Venice became a key repository of sacred relics imported from Byzantium and the Eastern Mediterranean. Some of the most treasured relics were soon incorporated into the liturgical and ceremonial rituals of the city and its most distinguished churches. While Venetian efforts to acquire new relics slowed down considerably after the end of the Latin domination of Constantinople in 1261, several prominent Eastern relics entered the city during the fourteenth and fifteenth.....read more



Peder Balke symposium


Thursday, 19 February 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Charlotte Ashby, Knut Ljøgodt and Chris Riopelle

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Charlotte Ashby

This event ties in with the special exhibition on Peder Balke at the National Gallery, 12 November 2014 – 12 April 2015. This exhibition is organised jointly with
Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø, where it was shown in 2014 and is co-curated by Knut Ljøgodt, the director of the museum and Chris Riopelle from the National....read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

‘Ethics is an Optics’: Strategies of Occupation in Recent Video Art in Israel

Monday, 23 February 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Jessica Eisenthal (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva

Beginning in the pre-State years, the conflict in Israel/Palestine can be said to be most evident in the alteration and adaptation of the natural landscape and built environment to suit Zionist objectives. Since the Second Intifada in 2000, there has been an important body of video art in Israel to consider both the historical basis and present consequence of Israel’s successive strategies for claiming, expropriating and occupying the land. The.....read more



Spring 2015 Friends Lecture Series
Visual Cultures of Iran: New Perspectives:

Globalizing the Contemporary: Iranian Art from Tehran to New York

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

17.30 - 18.40, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

People exiting from a plane in blue sky, stepping towards a lion rug
Mehdi Farhadian, Mehrabad, 2008 (detail). Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 130 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Mah Art Gallery, Tehran

Speaker(s): Dr Talinn Grigor (Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Fine Arts, Brandeis University, Greater Boston)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld)

The contemporary Iranian art scene is young, dynamic, and multifaceted. A complex and highly sophisticated social network, rather than the usual texts and artifacts, govern the development of its narratives and aesthetic judgments. In it the letterheads of institutions seem to carry no weight in penetrating and amassing data in ways that the words of a friend of a friend might. A critical analysis of this art seems to be possible only through the awareness.....read more




research seminar: history of photography

The Conservation of Historic and Contemporary Photographs

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Hist of PhotoIan Moor working on a Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003), C-Type print, The Nuba of Kau 28/29, 1975. ©CPCSpeaker(s): Ian L. Moor and Angela H. Moor

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Yasmin Amaratunga and Professor Julian Stallabrass

The Conservation of Photographs is a relatively new discipline in the cultural heritage preservation field with its beginnings in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. However, it has its roots firmly grounded in the formative years of photography as practitioners and the emergent photographic industry grappled with its inherent ...read more




The Theodelinda Chapel, Monza CAthedral: history, Technology and Conservation

 

Thursday 26 February 2015

17:30 - 18:30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Theodelina with crown on throne
Theodelinda confirmed Queen of the Lombard (detail), Monza Cathedral. Photo: Anna Lucchini Restauri s

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Speaker(s): Dott.ssa Anna Lucchini (Anna Lucchini Restauri srl, Milano)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission (no booking required)

Organised by: Sharon Cather (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

A major conservation programme of the stunning paintings in the Chapel of Queen Theodelinda in Monza Cathedral has just been completed. Directed by Dott.ssa Anna Lucchini, it has led to significant new discoveries. The dazzling pictorial cycle covers this enormous chapel with 45 scenes from the life of the Lombard queen based on the Historia Langobardorum and the Chronicon Modoetiense spanning five registers. The Milanese workshop of the Zavattari brothers executed this vast work in the International Style, completed it in 1446......read more




Addressing Images II

Brown Bag Discussion Group

Friday, 27 February 2015

12.30 - 14.00, Research Forum South Room

women and fashion
Collage image by Alexis Romano

Speaker(s): Dr Rebecca Arnold (Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission. Places are limited so advance booking is required. BOOK ONLINE

Organised by: Dr Rebecca Arnold

This series of brown bag events opens up discussion of dress’ significance within imagery – whether paintings, prints, photographs, advertisements, film stills or drawings. It brings together dress and art historians, as well as those interested in exploring issues and meanings within representation.  A single image will ......read more



UKRAINIAN ART NOW: spaces of identity

Friday 27 February 2015

13.00 – 18.30 (with registration from 12.30), 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.

Speaker(s): Konstantin Akinsha, Susanne Clausen, Pavlo Kerestey, Alisa Lozhkina, Roman Minin, Nikita Shalenny

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

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 .....read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space:

Amsterdam’s Dam Square and the Raising in Painting and Print of a Phantom Tower

Monday, 2 March 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Laura Sanders (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The Dam Square in Amsterdam was the site in the seventeenth century of a building campaign that was an argument for the greatness of the Dutch Republic. The seat of official Amsterdam, the Dam Square addressed multiple publics foreign and domestic. As this talk argues, the presentation of the city on the Dam Square is best revealed not only in its finished works but also in its edits and reversals. A conspicuous exception.....read more



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

11.00 – 18.00, Thursday 5 March
12.00 – 17.30, Friday 6 March
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)

Speaker(s): see programme

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Research Forum Postgraduate Advisory Group and doctoral students Eva Bezverkhny, Maria Alessia Rossi and Naomi Lebens

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 ......read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Challenging the Urban Legacies of the Olympics: Mexico City 1968-1994 and Moscow 1980-1991

Monday, 9 March 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Svitlana Biedarieva (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva

The paper focuses on the influence of the Olympic Games in Mexico City 1968 and Moscow 1980 on the development of art in urban space. Mexico and the USSR are considered as two polar points marking the process of global expansion of the Olympic Games since the early 1960s. The Olympic events attempted to create an externalized ideal image of a state, and thus were followed by inner processes of socio-cultural transformation. The paper challenges symbolic expression of national identity and international relations.....read more



Spring 2015 Friends Lecture Series
Visual Cultures of Iran: New Perspectives:

Early Persian Painting

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

17.30 - 18.40, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Young seated person dressed in blue, wearing a red headdress with black fur trim
Mina’i fragment, Iran, late 12th century. Musée National de la Céramique, Sèvres. Photo Yves Porter.





Speaker(s): Professor Yves Porter (Professor of Islamic Art, Department of Art History, Aix Marseille Université)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld)

The remains of early-Islamic mural paintings are particularly rare in the Iranian world. From the times of the Il-Khanid Mongols, by the very late 13th century onwards, the outburst of Persian illustrated manuscripts appears thus all the most sudden. The first issue would then be to explore whether painted images did exist before that time, and to question what they did look like. A chronological survey of objects, monuments and sources, starting from the Sassanian period, will allow us to consider the meaning.....read more



AAH2015 Conference Preview

Papers by Courtauld Institute of Art postgraduates

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

10.00 - 12.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): postgraduate students Zehra Jumabhoy, Kristóf Nagy, Niccola Shearman, Malgorzata Sears (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva

The AAH 2015 Conference Preview is an opportunity for postgraduate students at The Courtauld to share their research and receive scholarly feedback on their papers prior to presenting them at the AAH Conference. Speakers have been awarded fellowships to support their participation. The AAH 41st Annual Conference & Bookfair will take place at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 9 - 11 April 2015.....read more



Myths of Medieval Spain

Symposium

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

14.00 - 18.30 (with registration from 13.30), Research Forum South Room

Interweaving of human figures and foliage in a criss-cross design
Detail of the Portico de la Gloria, Santiago de Compostela, late twelfth century. Photo: Tom Nickson



Speaker(s): James D’Emilio (University of South Florida), Javier Martínez de Aguirre (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Rosa Rodríguez Porto (University of York), Rose Walker (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission. However places are limited so advance booking is required. FULLY BOOKED. Note that places may become available, on the day, in the event of no-show.

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson

These four papers offer new ideas on a group of well-known sculptures and manuscripts from twelfth- and thirteenth-century Spain, exploring tensions between..... read more



Research seminar: MeDieval Work in Progress

Voices and Echoes: Saint James, Gregory the Great and Diego Gelmirez in Santiago de Compostela's Puerta de Platerias

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Interweaving of human figures and foliage in a criss-cross design
Detail of the Portico de la Gloria, Santiago de Compostela, late twelfth century. Photo: Tom Nickson



Speaker(s): Javier Martinez de Aguirre (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson

The complex history of Santiago de Compostela's Puerta de Platerias, now composed of a mix of several sculptural reliefs of diverse origin and chronology, has hindered the study of the intentions lying behind this important Romanesque work. Manuel Castiñeiras’ recent publications, concerning both the episcopal use of the platea in front of the portal and Bishop Diego Gelmirez’s prominent role, open the way to further.....read more



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


13.45 – 18.30, Friday 13 March 2015 (with registration from 13.15)
09.30 – 16.30, Saturday 14 March 2015 (with registration from 09.00)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre


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

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

Speaker(s): Jennifer Atwood (Museum of the Bible, Oklahoma City), Veronique Bücken (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels), Giuseppe Capriotti (University of ......

Ticket/entry details: £26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions) Online booking is now closed. Places are still available - please pay in cash or by cheque on registration in the Front Hall on either Friday or Saturday.

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, .....read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space:

The Pope, the Street, and the Square: The Construction of a Representational Space in Sixteenth-Century Rome

Monday, 16 March 2015

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Guido Rebecchini (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.



Studio Adrien GardÈre: Design and Museography


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

17.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre


a view of a gallery interior with white space and several antique marble statuesPhotography © Musée du Louvre-Lens / Philippe Chancel © Architects: SANAA / Museography: Studio Adrien Gardère

Speaker(s): Adrien Gardère

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow and Martin Caiger-Smith (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

On 17 March, the Research Forum is delighted to welcome Adrien Gardère for a special lecture discussing his studio’s practice. Born in France in 1972, Gardère trained as a cabinetmaker and designer. His creations are produced and issued by major furniture and lighting brands (Artemide). Building on his success in design, the Studio Adrien Gardère, founded in 2000, quickly established, in the field of museum exhibition design, enduring relationships with major international institutions (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Musée du Louvre…)......read more



A Future for Regional Museums?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Collage of images, including photo of textile factory machines, medieval manuscripts, ivory figures, Roman coins, etc
Cotton To Gold an exhibition at Two Temple Place, London

Speaker(s): Paul Greenhalgh (Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich); Ellen McAdam (Director, Birmingham Museums Trust); Sarah Philp (Head of Programmes, The Art Fund); Sharon Heal (Director, Museums Association); Piotr Bienkowski (Independent Museum Consultant); Chair, Giles Waterfield (Curator and Author)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Jack Hartnell and Martin Cagier-Smith (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Today, many regional museums - especially those under the control of Local Authorities - are weathering a financial and managerial crisis: subjected to cuts in funding, drastically reduced staffing and shrinking opening times. The contents of these museums and galleries, accumulated through the generosity of donors over the last 150 years, may soon be denied to their local populations and the public at large.

This urgent discussion addresses the current situation faced by regional museums and examines a number of emerging responses, asking whether any of them offer the answers that these longstanding and vital public institutions really need. The event.....read more



research seminar: reflections on the art of leon golub


Thursday, 19 March 2015

16.00, Research Forum South Room

Painting of dog with skull and tattoo designLeon Golub ‘All Bets Off’, 1995, acrylic on linen, 227.5x249 cm. Private collection, London

Speaker(s): Professor Jon Bird (Middlesex University), Dr Satish Padiyar (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Professor Mignon Nixon (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: FULLY BOOKED. Note that places may become available, on the day, in the event of no-show.

Organised by: Mignon Nixon (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


On the occasion of a retrospective exhibition of the work of Leon Golub (1922-2004) at the Serpentine Gallery, the Courtauld has invited Professor Jon Bird (Middlesex), a leading scholar and curator of Golub’s work, to lead this special research seminar. The event will open with a short film introducing Golub and his work, to be followed by informal presentations by Jon Bird, Satish Padiyar, and Mignon Nixon, touching on questions of art and politics, the representation of violence, and the artistic and political dialogue between Golub and his long-time partner, the artist Nancy Spero. There will be an opportunity for the audience to join the speakers in discussion.



Les Immateriaux: towards the virtual with Jean-François Lyotard


17.30 – 19.00, Friday 27 March 2015 (with registration from 17.00)
09.30 – 17.15, Saturday 28 March 2015 (with registration from 09.00)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre


dark green abstract exhibition poster
Exhibition Poster
Speaker(s): Gabriela Ascha (independent curator), Michael Newman (Goldsmiths, University of London), Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Tamar Clarke-Brown....

Ticket/entry details: £26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions) Online booking is now closed. Places are still available - please pay in cash or by cheque on registration on either day.

Organised by: Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


‘Les Immatériaux’ curated principally by philosopher Jean-François Lyotard at the Centre Georges Pompidou, held its private views on 27-28 March 1985. We celebrate its thirtieth anniversary, following conferences in Lüneburg, Dusseldorf (Dusseldorf Quadriennale) 2014, and anticipating The Pompidou Centre’s own commemoration in 2015. 

 A  pioneering combination of  technological experiment, ‘Les Immatériaux’ involved the first ‘personal’ computers, art works, a pick-up literary sound-track ......read more  



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Future conferences



Continuous Page. Scrolls and Scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext

Project

CALL FOR PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

Deadline: 17 April 2015

Workshops 22 - 23 June 2015 and 21 - 22 September 2015

The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Scrolls encompass in one sweep the oldest and the most contemporary ideas about images and image-making. On the one hand, some of the most enduring artefacts of the ancient world adopt the scroll form, evoking long-standing associations with the Classical tradition, Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, theatrical oration, and the word of the law. Yet today, scrolling is also the single most common interaction between people and their digital media: fingers routinely swipe across trackpads and touch-screens through reams of infinite hypertext. In between these two extremes too, we find a plethora of different artists and craftsmen turning and returning to the medium, from medieval medical treatises and Japanese emakimono to 19th-century wallpaper or Jack Kerouac’s continuously-typewritten draft of On The Road. Participants are sought to take part in a collaborative.....read more



William Fagg and the study of African Art

14.00 – 18.00, Friday 24 April 2015 (with registration from 13.30)
09.30 – 17.30, Saturday 25 April 2015 (with registration from 09.00)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

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

Speakers: Professor Rowland Abioudun (Amherst College), Professor Sidney Kasfir (Emory University), Professor Elizabeth Harney (University....
Ticket/entry details:£26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions)  BOOK ONLINE
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 ......read more



Addressing images iii

Brown Bag Discussion Group

 

Friday, 1 May, 2015

12.30 - 14.00, Research Forum South Room

 

women and fashion
Collage image by Alexis Romano
Speaker(s):
Dr Rebecca Arnold (Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission. Places are limited so advance booking is required. BOOK ONLINE

Organised by: Dr Rebecca Arnold


This series of once-termly brown bag events opens up discussion of dress’ significance within imagery – whether paintings, prints, photographs, advertisements, film stills or drawings. It brings together dress and art historians, as well as those interested in exploring issues and meanings within representation.  A single image will ......read more

 




Third Annual Renaissance Postgraduate Symposium

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

Saturday, 9 May 2015
Timings tbc

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

a black and white photo of a woman in a cocktail dress walking down the runway Fashion Show, Barrett Street School, 1958. (Courtesy of the London College of Fashion Archives © (1958) The London College of Fashion.)

Keynote Speakers: Cheryl Buckley (University of Brighton) and Judith Clark (London College of Fashion)

Speakers: Dr Rebecca Arnold (Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles, The Courtauld), Elizabeth Kutesko (PhD candidate, The Courtauld), Dr Eugenie...

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions) BOOKING NOW OPEN!

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 ....read more



Crash and Burn: Destruction in American Art

Conference

Friday 5 - Saturday 6 June 2015

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline: 15 February 2015

 

Destruction has long occupied a central position in the construction of an American national image. From Cotton Mather’s description of Boston as ‘the City of Destruction’ to the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, the sheer visual force of destruction has repeatedly left an indelible mark on the collective psyche. As historians such as Richard Slotkin and Kevin Rozario have demonstrated, violent and destructive episodes have been inextricably linked with the apparently opposing forces of creation and regeneration so central to American self-imaging. This symposium will elaborate on such historical accounts to examine....read more




Piero della Francesca and disegno

Conference


Friday, 19 June and Saturday, 20 June 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery, London.


Christ standing in a river as John the Baptist baptises himPiero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ, c. 1440. (Courtesy of the National Gallery, London)

Keynote Speaker: Professor Emeritus James R. Banker (North Caroline State University)

Confirmed Speakers: Carmen Bambach (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Roberto Bellucci (Opificio delle Pietre Dure), Ciro Castelli (Opificio delle Pietre Dure), Frank Dabell (Temple University, Rome), Francesco P. Di Teodoro (Politecnico di Torino and Centro Linceo Interdisciplinare “B. Segre”, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei), David Franklin (Archive of Modern Conflict, Toronto and London), Cecilia Frosinini (Opificio delle Pietre Dure), Amanda Lillie (University of York), Rocco Sinisgalli (University of Rome, La Sapienza), Elena Squillantini (Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell'Arte Roberto Longhi)

Ticket/entry details: £26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions) BOOKING NOW OPEN!

Organised by: Professor Emeritus James R. Banker (North Caroline State University), Professor Tom Henry (University of Kent), Dr Machtelt Brüggen Israëls (University of Amsterdam), Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld), Dr Nathaniel Silver (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), and Dr Caroline Campbell (National Gallery, London)

The role of design (disegno) is fundamental to understanding the working practice of Piero della Francesca. While none of his works on paper survive, research conducted in the past decade by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and the Sherman Fairchild Paintings Conservation Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has revealed Piero’s obsessive working and reworking......read more




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