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Blurring Distinctions? Art and Material Culture


Friday, 5 March 2010

17.30 - 19.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Xavier Bray (Assistant Curator, The National Gallery, London); Christopher Brown (Director, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford); Peta Motture (Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London); Joanna Woodall, Chair (Faculty, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: MA Programme ‘Curating the Art Museum in collaboration with the Research Forum.

What is the place of material culture in the museum? What role does display have in creating, maintaining, or controlling the distinction between art and material culture? How does display fulfil what the public wants? Join our panel of speakers as they weigh the balance between the construction of display and the construction of meaning as relevant to the recent redisplays and exhibitions that they have been involved in. Professor Joanna Woodall, as chair, will lead the discussion as the speakers draw on their experiences at diverse institutions to grapple with these issues.

This debate is part of the ongoing Exhibiting Research series, organised by The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Programme ‘Curating the Art Museum’ in collaboration with the Research Forum.

The debate will be followed by a reception and informal discussion.

For more information on recent institutional engagement in these issues, please visit the following links:



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