Spring 2014 Friends Lecture Series



Documenting Modernity: Fashion, Film and Image in America & Europe, 1920 - 1945:

"We Are All Artists": Amateur Film, Fashion, and the Art of the Everyday

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

17.30 - 18.45, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

crowd scene with lady in hat of pink flowers
Image courtesy Chicago Film Archives

Speaker(s): Dr Charles Tepperman (Assistant Professor of Film Studies, University of Calgary)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Rebecca Arnold

Amateur film, like fashion, emerged in the mid-twentieth century as a medium for personal creative expression. This talk draws on amateur films from the 1930s and 40s, as well as contemporaneous popular and critical discussions about new vernacular art forms: or what my title refers to as “the art of the everyday.”

Dr. Tepperman has worked in film archives in Canada and the United States and published widely on film history. His book Amateur Cinema, 1930-1960 is forthcoming from University of California Press.

The Spring 2014 Friends Lecture Series is prompted by the range of visual materials explored in the Andrew W Mellon Foundation MA Documenting Fashion: Modernity, Film and Image in Europe and America, 1920-45 led by Dr Rebecca Arnold and Dr Heather Norris Nicholson. As such it brings together leading scholars in the fields of dress and film studies to consider the ways fashion, non-fiction film and documentary images can reveal new ways to understand dress, style and visual culture.



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