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Dizziness, Delusion and Devotion: The Extremes of Viewership Then and Now

Tuesday 13 July 2010

18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): include Mark Fairnington (artist), Edward Payne (The Courtauld Institute of Art). Chaired by Jack Hartnell (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

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

Using Stendhal and Jerusalem syndrome as a lens, this Exhibiting Research discussion takes as its theme the viewing experience. It runs parallel to the MA Curating the Art Museum exhibition Blood Tears Faith Doubt, Historical and Contemporary Encounters, which juxtaposes works from Christian visual tradition and contemporary works which resonate with that tradition in some way.

How far are extreme reactions to art determined by their display? What is lost and what is gained in recontextualising a work of art? Can museums provide an emotive response to artworks akin to that in the devotional and pious setting? How can we think about the slippage of the roles of the viewer, spectator, maker and subject in the gallery space? How far can the self-conscious viewer be overwhelmed or surprised by an image in the mediated arena? Can true extremes of viewership still occur in the quietly contrived setting of the contemporary museum?

This event is part of the 2010 Exhibiting Research Series, organised by the MA Programme ‘Curating the Art Museum’ in collaboration with the Research Forum. They explore how museums and galleries confront the relationship between research, exhibitions and their public. A wide range of speakers engage in discussion and debate on urgent issues of policy and practice.

For further information please contact: macurating@courtauld.ac.uk

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