Exhibiting Research VIII



Challenging Pasts: Museums, Memory and the Centenary of WWI

Thursday, 14 March 2013

18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): include Clare Barlow (assistant curator, National Portrait Gallery, London), Lutz Becker (artist and curator, London), Joan Gibbons (curator and author of Contemporary Art and Memory, Birmingham), Ian Kikuchi (war historian and a curator of the Imperial War Museum’s new First World War gallery, London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Programme Curating the Art Museum in collaboration with the Research Forum

In 2014 we will reach the centenary of the First World War.  As we enter an era in which the War has faded from living memory, how should museums commemorate this history?  What role can material and visual culture play in connecting contemporary audiences with this past?  Is it time to re-cast dominant narratives and to illuminate under-examined fronts, both geographical and psychological?  What difficulties do institutions, curators and artists face, and what issues are raised, in confronting and recalling this and other challenging events of our ‘recent’ past?

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

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


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