THE material life of things symposium

Hands On: Seven Perspectives on the Material Transformation of Art

Friday, 5 November 2010
15.00 - 19.00, Research Forum South Room

blue and white tall necked Chinese ewer with silver gilt handle, based, domed lid and dragon head spout
Ewer painted in Kraak style, with silver gilt mount China, Jingdezhen kilns, Wanli reign period (1573-1619); mounts: England: ca. 1610-20. Given by Dr Louis C.G. Clarke, V&A museum number: M.220–1916

Speaker(s): Moya Carey (V&A); Francesca Dell'Acqua (Università degli Studi di Salerno); Rebecca Farbstein (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge); Sally Korman (independent); Luisa Mengoni (V&A); Nat Silver (UCL/ The Frick Collection); Maria Elena Versari (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh)

Ticket/entry details: All welcome but numbers are limited. Advance booking by 12 noon on Tuesday 2 November is essential.  Please contact:

Organised by: Dr Francesco Lucchini

Drawing together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, this workshop will offer a range of views and interpretations on the material transformation of art, from Paleolithic to Modernism, via seventeen-century China and nineteenth–century Iran. It considers the ways in which works of art as material objects are manipulated, re-made and unmade by different individuals, at different times, manifesting different social and cultural practices, shaping markets and demand, and influencing historical narratives.

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