Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory


Curators in Dialogue on the Persistence of Histories

Wednesday 20 June 2012

17.30 – 19.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

geometric patterns in browns, greens, blues and black
Owen Jones, ‘Moresque No. 2’ from The Grammar of Ornament, 1856

Speaker(s): Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Sonia Solicari (Principal Curator, Guildhall Art Gallery), and Abraham Thomas (Design Curator, V&A). Chaired by Professor Caroline Arscott (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Ayla Lepine (The Courtauld)

This open session is the first public event for the Research Forum’s 2012 project, Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory. Three speakers with rich and varied curatorial experience at the V&A, Guildhall Art Gallery and the National Gallery will recount ways in which revivalism and the concept of ‘neo’ has impacted upon their practice. Topics for discussion include architecture and the significance of gallery interiors, revival in relation to collections, exhibition planning and strategies for display, and the status of historicism in museum and gallery identities.



Abraham Thomas has curated numerous exhibitions including 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces and Owen Jones and the Alhambra. His current exhibition at the V&A focuses on the designer Thomas Heatherwick. Sonia Solicari has been responsible for a major rehang of the Victorian collection at Guildhall Art Gallery. Her exhibitions at Guildhall include The Age of Elegance: 1890-1930 and Atkinson Grimshaw, Painter of Moonlight. She is currently planning a 2013 exhibition on contemporary artists’ interactions with Victorian culture. Prior to joining The Courtauld as lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art, Dr Scott Nethersole was Harry M Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, London. He curated Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500 at the National Gallery in 2011.



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