Research Forum Summer Term 2012
terra foundation for american art visiting professor
Figure/Ground and the Embattled Self: Jackson Pollock's Late Work
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Jackson Pollock, Portrait and a Dream, 1953. Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr and Mrs Algur H Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Inc. Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
Speaker(s): Angela Miller (Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University; and Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor, The Courtauld)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott
This talk will consider Jackson Pollock’s late works, from 1951 forward, in relation to the return of figural elements and to his move away from the poured paintings that established his fame. Angela Miller will situate this late work within a cultural and aesthetic field animated by concerns about male subjectivity in the post-war decade; and within Pollock’s own psychologically charged struggle with art history and family history.
Angela Miller teaches Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. She has lectured and published in a range of areas spanning from the 16th century to the mid-20th. Her work has focused on constructions of cultural nationalism, and on the politics of form in the arts. Miller’s 1993 book Empire of the Eye: Landscape Representation and American Cultural Politics, 1825-1875, won awards from the Smithsonian Institution and the American Studies Association. She is a lead author, along with five others, of American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity (Pearson, 2008), an integrated history of the arts from pre-conquest to the present. Recent publications include an essay on the American reception of Surrealism, the US Popular Front, and Dia/Beacon’s Zoe Leonard exhibition. She was the inaugural Terra Professor of American art in Paris in 2010, and a visiting scholar at the JFK Institute for North American Studies in Berlin in November 2010.
For further information about the Terra Foundation for American Art and this initiative see www.terraamericanart.org