One-Day International Conference:
European Paintings on Fabric Supports in the 14th and 15th Centuries

16 May

The conference, organised jointly by Caroline Villers and Dr Susie Nash, will bring together this important but often overlooked category of artistic production. By improving our understanding of the techniques and functions of these paintings the most appropriate conservation methods and display can be ensured. The conference is part-sponsored by the Friends of the Courtauld Institute.

CHODA Conference 1998
17 - 18 July

This year’s conference is to be held in partnership with the Education Department and the Department of Textiles and Dress at the V&A. It will be held on July 17th and 18th in the Lecture Theatre at the V&A Museum. The theme is Dress on Display, and topics to be covered relate to displays/exhibitions of costume, changing concepts of the fashion mennequin, conservation and historical interpretation and re-enactment programmes. Speakers have been invited from America, Australia, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Evening Lectures

'Painting the Soul’
In association with the Royal Academy
Professor Robin Cormack
24 April 6.45 - 8.30 pm

Professor Robin Cormack, who is curator of the Royal Academy Exhibition The Art of Holy Russia and author of the recent book Painting the Soul: Icons, Death Masks and Shrouds, will discuss the development of icons from late antiquity to the 17th century. Icons originated in Constantinople as both aesthetic and functional objects serving the whole range of Byzantine society. As the form was transposed to other cultures different elements emerged and the appearance of the icon changed. Professor Cormack explores some of these changes and the meanings behind particular images represented in the exhibition.

Tickets are £10 and include drinks.

'The Exhibition as an Event in Theory’
Professor Griselda Pollock
7 May 6.30 - 8 pm

Professor Pollock of the University of Leeds will be giving a lecture focusing upon two exhibitions: 'Inside the Visible’ (Whitechapel Gallery 1996) and 'Face à l’histoire’ (Centre Pompidou 1996-7) comparing strategies for the curatorial presentation of history. One artist, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger, appeared in both exhibitions. Her work deals with questions of representation, the feminine and memory in relation to the Holocaust and the problem of the other - Jewishness or Femininity.

Tickets are £4 Friends (£5 Guests).


Walking Tour of Legal London
21 May 10 am

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court and the Law Courts led by John Newman, lecturer in architecture at the Courtauld Institute will start at Middle Temple Hall. From there we shall proceed to Lincolnís Inn Library, Old Hall and Chapel and finished with the Law Courts. Having seen a mixture of styles and periods of legal architecture, the tour will finish approximately 12.30 pm.

Tickets are £5 Friends (£7 Guests).

Tour of the New British Library
In association with the Royal Academy
29 May 10 am and 3 pm.

These guided tours of the interiors of Professor Colin St John Wilson’s impressive new building include the vast atrium-style entrance hall which houses the King’s Library of rare books behind a dramatic casing of glass, and numerous specialist reading rooms, stores and service areas, all equipped and furnished to remarkably high standards.

Tickets are £8

Tour of the Gallery Restoration Project
2 July 6.30 - 7.30 pm

We are delighted to be able to offer a unique opportunity to join John Murdoch, the Gallery Director, on a tour of the restoration works taking place in the Gallery. As it is in the middle of refurbishment this will be a 'hard-hat tour’. This is an ideal opportunity to examine the metamorphosis of the building as it is being carried out, before its completion later in the Autumn.

Tickets are £7 Friends (£9 Guests).

Private Views

Daniel Katz Gallery Private View and Talk
18 June 11 am

Daniel Katz, a Patron of the Institute, is pleased to invite Friends and their guests to a special talk and private view of an exhibition of sculpture at the Daniel Katz Gallery. This exhibition features sculpture from the 12th to the 19th centuries with most works dating from the Renaissance and the 17th century. The visit will take place on June 18th at 11am. Places are strictly limited and early application for tickets is recommended.

Tickets are £5 Friends (£7 Guests).

Friends Visit to the Textile Conservation Centre, Hampton Court Palace
24 June 2 - 5 pm

Friends and their guests are invited to visit the Centre. There will be no set programme - this is very much an open afternoon. You may arrive at any time after 2 pm. All third year student projects will be on display, following the Diploma Ceremony in the morning. Refreshments will be available. There is no charge. To book please phone June Carter on +44 (0) 20 8977 4943.

The Summer School at the Courtauld Institute
6 - 10 July and 13 - 17 July 1998

Following the second highly successful summer school at the Courtauld Institute in 1997 we will again be offering two one-week courses on the History of Art and Architecture this summer. Each course, which is taught in small groups by Courtauld Institute staff and other experts, involves lectures and visits to galleries, museums and historic buildings, often with special access to certain collections.

Week 1
6 - 10 July

The Splendours of the East: Art and Architecture in Byzantium
Dr Barbara Zeitler, Professor Robin Cormack, Dr Antony Eastmond, Dr Liz James
Art and Society at the Italian Renaissance Courts
Dr. Evelyn Welch, Luke Syson
London's Public Architecture: from early 17th - early 19th Century:
Caroline Knight, John Newman
The Arts in the Age of Elegance: France and England in the 18th Century
Dr. Katie Scott
'Going Native’: Ideas of the Primitive within Modern Art
Dr. Petrine Archer-Straw

Week 2
13 - 17 July

Artists of The Tuscan Towns in the 14th Century
Dr. Beth Williamson, Dr. Joanna Cannon
Landscape as Art: the English Garden, c.1500 - 1800
Dr Paula Henderson
Arts and Crafts: Art and Architecture
Alan Windsor
Pre-Raphaelitism and Aestheticism
Dr. Caroline Arscott, Dr. Liz Prettejohn with Dr Juliet Hacking
Contemporary Art in Britain
Julian Stallabrass