Amaravati: The art of an early buddhist monument in context

Conference

Friday 5 September, 18.00 – 20.45 (with registration from 17.30)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Saturday 6 September, 10.00 – 17.20 (with registration from 09.30)
The Hugh and Catherine Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

buddhist relief sculpture
Amaravati: relief depicting a stupa with a figure of the Buddha standing at the entrance. Photograph© The Trustees of the British Museum.

Speaker(s) include: Akira Shimada (State University of New York at New Paltz), Peter Skilling (French School of Asian Studies [EFEO], Bangkok), Monika Zin (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München [Munich] and Freie Universität....

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Ticket/entry details: £20 (£12 students and concessions). Complimentary places available for British Museum staff and Courtauld staff/students. BOOK ONLINE.....
Organised by: Dr Michael Willis (The British Museum) and Professor David Park (The Courtauld Institute of Art).


The Great Stupa at Amaravati was one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in India. Founded before 200 BCE, it was enlarged and embellished with innumerable superb sculptures over the following four centuries.  More than 120 of these sculptures entered the collection of the British Museum in 1880, forming the most important single group

of Indian sculptures outside the subcontinent.

 

This conference celebrates the reopening of the Asahi  Shimbun Gallery, where the sculptures..... read more



a Game in Hell. The great War in Russia

Conference

Saturday, 27 September 2014

10.00 - 17.00 (with registration from 09.30), Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Field with castle and soldiers on horseback and on foot at war
Aristakh Lentulov, with text by Vladimir Mayakovsky, The Austrians Surrendered Lvov to the Russians/ Like Rabbits Defeated by Lions, lithograph, 1914. Courtesy GRAD and Sergei Shestakov






Speaker(s): include Dr Jonathan Black (Kingston University, London), Prof John E. Bowlt (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), Prof John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Dr Nicoletta Misler (Instituto.....

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 concessions students and over 60, £8 GRAD members). BOOK ONLINE...

Organised by: Professor John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Alexandra Chiriac (GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design), and Natalia Budanova (Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre, CCRAC)

This full-day conference coincides with the opening of the exhibition A Game in Hell. The Great War in Russia at GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design. Curated by two of today’s most prominent Russian scholars, Professor John Bowlt and Dr Nicoletta Misler, the exhibition examines the artistic and historical significance of the.....read more



LeCture

Title to be advised

Thursday, 2 October 2014

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Dr James Boaden (University of York)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

to coincide with The Courtauld Gallery exhibition, Jasper Johns: Regrets (12 September  – 14 December 2014)



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

The Stuff of Dreams? Approaching Surrealist Objects as Instruments of Magic

Monday, 6 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Will Atkin (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva





Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Elite Art in an Age of Populism

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Graffiti on wall includes a tortoise with text on shell in a human head
Street art, Ljubljana. Photo: Julian Stallabrass



Speaker(s): Professor Julian Stallabrass (Professor of Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: to be advised 

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Insitute of Art)

Postmodernism was characterised by a strong strain of populism that celebrated the tastes of ordinary people. Venturi and his collaborators celebrated the architecture and urban fabric of Las Vegas, for example. There remains a powerful trend to a branded, populist art in contemporary art. Yet this is different from the earlier version because museums have had increasingly to.....read more



Research seminar: MeDieval Work in Progress

Why did Gervais Launay see Blood at St-Gilles (Montoire-sur-le-8 Loir)?

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Kirk Ambrose (University of Colorado Boulder)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space

on Venice - title to be advised

Monday, 13 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Bronwen Wilson (University of East Anglia)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The 2014-15 Early Modern Seminar Series focuses on the topic of urbanity and the making of the public space. Scholars from diverse geographies of the early modern period consider facets of urban history and representations of the city in the period between the 15th and the 17th centuries. The series includes occasional gatherings of doctoral candidates at The Courtauld for a workshop to explore the kinds of questions the theme of the series might raise or reflect upon.



Research seminar: Joint Renaissance and MeDieval Work in Progress

title to be advised

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Peter Dent (University of Bristol)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Reading Race in some Passing Gestures of the 1960s

Monday, 20 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Levi Prombaum (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva



Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Globalisation Before Globalisation: ‘Magiciens de la Terre’?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

blue sculptural globe in sky above Centre Pompidou
Neil Dawson (Christchurch, New Zealand), Globe, 1989. PVC, epoxy resin, carbon fibre. 5m diameter. © Courtesy the artist.



Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Insitute of Art)

2014 is a year of significant birthdays: the 25th anniversary of Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the 20th anniversary of Jacques Derrida’s Archive Fever, originally a talk at The Courtauld Institute of Art which Sarah Wilson hosted. The 30th anniversary of Jean-François Lyotard’s Les Immatériaux at the Pompidou is celebrated one year early in Dusseldorf. Professorial lectures must look back – and of course look forward. Looking back one notes the remarkable change in the modern and contemporary curriculum over the past decades as regards methods and theories.....read more



Research seminar: MeDieval Work in Progress

The Contested Body. Architecture and Praesentia

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Michele Vescovi (University of York):

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson




Jack of Diamonds Dispute 1

Friday, 24 October 2014

18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): to be advised

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Professor John Milner and Natalia Murray

The Jack of Diamonds was an enormously influential Russian Artists' Association based in Moscow and active from 1910-1917. Its large exhibitions brought together the latest Western art from Paris, Munich and eleswhere in confrontation with the latest innovative Russian art. One result of this was to trigger a very lively debate about Russian culture, and whether it needs to pay any attention at all to Western precedents. This issue of a culture.....read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space

Isfahan Through European Eyes

Monday, 27 October 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Sussan Babaie (the Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The 2014-15 Early Modern Seminar Series focuses on the topic of urbanity and the making of the public space. Scholars from diverse geographies of the early modern period consider facets of urban history and representations of the city in the period between the 15th and the 17th centuries. The series includes occasional gatherings of doctoral candidates at The Courtauld for a workshop to explore the kinds of questions the theme of the series might raise or reflect upon.



Research seminar: Art & Vision Science

title to be advised

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

17.30 (timing tbc), Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Anil Seth (Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Tim Satterthwaite (The Courtauld Institute of Art) in collaboration with Anil Seth (Sackler Centre)

Further details to follow...



The Invisible Secrets of Tibetan Thangkas

Thursday, 30 October 2014

18.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

comparison between the visible image, x-radiograph and infrared-reflectography in a Thangka
Detail of a thangka at the Museo Nazional d'Arte Orientale 'Giuseppe Tucci' in Rome. The comparison between the visible image, x-radiograph and infrared-reflectography is used to reveal some of the hidden secrets of thangkas. Courtesy: ENEA and Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale ‘Giuseppe Tucci’, Rome

Speaker(s): Claudio Seccaroni (Cultural Heritage Section of the National Agency for New Technologies [ENEA], Italy)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor David Park and Dr Giovanni Verri

A thangka is a devotional image characteristic of Tibetan Buddhism. It is used in meditation, in prayer, and in religious ceremonies. The Museo  Nazionale d'Arte Orientale 'Giuseppe Tucci' in Rome has a large collection of thangkas collected during a number of scientific expeditions between 1928 and 1954 in Nepal and Tibet by the Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci (1894-1984). A considerable number of artworks from this collection was investigated using non-destructive techniques such as x-radiography, infrared reflectography, x-ray fluorescence, etc., which aimed at collecting information on materials, setting.....read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Whistler’s Mother: An International Misunderstanding

Monday, 3 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Hélène Valance (Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Fellow, The Courtauld)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva



Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Material Matters: Looking Through Paintings

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

near IR scan of Gauguin's Nevermore
Paul Gauguin, Nevermore, 1897. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London. Near IR scan (image credit Mattia Patti, MOLAB Charisma)






Speaker(s): Professor Aviva Burnstock (Head of Conservation and Technology, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Insitute of Art)

Technical and material examination of paintings can reveal aspects of artistic process and practice and highlight how images have changed. Thus technical evidence can inform historical interpretation of works of art and influence decisions about conservation and display. The lecture will highlight examples of paintings where technical examination has yielded important evidence.....read more



Research seminar: Renaissance

Flesh or Stone? Michelangelo's Statue of Lorenzo in the Medici Chapel

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Dr Luca Giuliani (Wissenschaftskollegs zu Berlin)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini



Jack of Diamonds Dispute 2

Friday, 7 November 2014

18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): to be advised

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Professor John Milner and Natalia Murray

The Jack of Diamonds was an enormously influential Russian Artists' Association based in Moscow and active from 1910-1917. Its large exhibitions brought together the latest Western art from Paris, Munich and eleswhere in confrontation with the latest innovative Russian art. One result of this was to trigger a very lively debate about Russian culture, and whether it needs to pay any attention at all to Western precedents. This issue of a culture.....read more



The Intelligent Hand, 1500-1800

Sixth Early Modern Symposium

Saturday, 8 November 2014

timings to be advised, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art


Painted self portrait of a man in a convex mirror

Parmigianino (1503-1540), Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, 1523/4. Oil on panel, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna



Speaker(s): to be advised

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Austeja MacKelaite and Camilla Pietrabissa

The hand - the “instrument of instruments” - has fascinated artists, scientists and philosophers from Aristotle onwards. Its remarkable dexterity, anatomical complexity, and the ability to manipulate were seen as defining features distinguishing humanity from animality, as well as indicators of the superiority of the former.

Taking as its starting point the sixteenth-century humanist Dominicus Lampsonius’ claim that ‘the Netherlander / Has intelligence in his hand’, this one-day Symposium will investigate the hand both as the means and the subject of representation in Early Modern art and visual..... read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space

on Istanbul - title to be advised

Monday, 10 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Çigdem Kafescioglu (Bogaziçi University, Istanbul)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The 2014-15 Early Modern Seminar Series focuses on the topic of urbanity and the making of the public space. Scholars from diverse geographies of the early modern period consider facets of urban history and representations of the city in the period between the 15th and the 17th centuries. The series includes occasional gatherings of doctoral candidates at The Courtauld for a workshop to explore the kinds of questions the theme of the series might raise or reflect upon.



Research seminar: History of Photography

The Creative Force of Nonhuman Photography

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Joanna Zylinska (University of London, Goldsmiths)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

This talk offers an exposition of the concept of ‘nonhuman photography’. What is meant by nonhuman photography here is not just photos taken by agents that are not human, such as CCTV cameras, body scanners, space satellites or Google Street View, although some of these examples will be referenced throughout the argument. Yet the principal aim of Joanna Zylinska’s talk is to suggest that there is more to photography than meets the (human) eye and that all photography is to some extent nonhuman. While this nonhuman.....read more



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

The Mission of a Contemporary Parsifal: How Christoph Schlingensief Opened up the Wounds of a Traumatised Germany

Monday, 17 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Sarah Hegenbart (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva



Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Interior Fictions: Dressing-gowns and Shipwrecks in Diderot's 'Regrets'

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Professor Katie Scott (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Insitute of Art)

Further details to follow…



Research seminar: MeDieval Work in Progress

Lancaster Castle Revealed

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr John Goodall (Architectural Editor, Country Life)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Tom Nickson



The Material Archive. From Material Knowledge to Material Literacy Since 1800

Thursday, 20 November 2014

16.00 - 17.30, Research Forum South Room

Chart of materials including minerals in alphabetical order starting at letter A
Screenshot of the Material Archiv http://www.materialarchiv.ch








Speaker(s): Dr Ann-Sophie Lehmann (Associate Professor,  Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Joanna Woodall

To obtain knowledge about materials is crucial for artists, art historians, scientists, conservators and all those involved in making, understanding and conserving works of art. While this knowledge is usually transmitted through word and image, there are also the actual materials that embody and provide knowledge. Due to their.....read more



AD Vivum?

Conference

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 November 2014

timings to be advised, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): to be advised

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Professor Joanna Woodall and Dr Thomas Balfe (The Courtauld Institute of Art).

The term ad vivum and its cognates al vivo, au vif, nach dem Leben and naer het leven have been applied since the thirteenth century to depictions designated as from, to or after (the) life. This one and a half day event will explore the issues raised by this vocabulary in relation to visual materials produced and used in Europe before 1800, including portraiture, botanical, zoological, medical and topographical images, images of novel and newly discovered phenomena, and likenesses created through direct contact with the object being depicted, such as metal casts of animals.....read more



Research seminar: Early Modern

Urbanities and Strategies of Public Space

on London - title to be advised

Monday, 24 November 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Todd Longestaffe-Gowen (Landscape Architect, London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sussan Babaie

The 2014-15 Early Modern Seminar Series focuses on the topic of urbanity and the making of the public space. Scholars from diverse geographies of the early modern period consider facets of urban history and representations of the city in the period between the 15th and the 17th centuries. The series includes occasional gatherings of doctoral candidates at The Courtauld for a workshop to explore the kinds of questions the theme of the series might raise or reflect upon.



Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Gustave Caillebotte and the Working Man's Body in the Cultural Imaginary of the Early French Third Republic

Monday, 1 December 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Samuel Raybone (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva



Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Courtauld Professorial Lectures

Dyeing, Bleaching, Printing: Morris and Abundance

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Printed pattern with strawberries, birds, flowers and foliage
William Morris, Strawberry Thief, 1883. Printed cotton furnishing textile. V&A Museum ref. T.586-1919. Given by Morris & Co.




Speaker(s): Professor Caroline Arscott (Professor of Nineteenth Century Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Insitute of Art)

William Morris addressed themes of nature’s abundance and envisioned integrated social systems that would allow all to access plenty.  His understanding of beauty was linked to these ideas about the natural world and social organisation.  This lecture looks at the way that colour and dyestuffs in the Morris & Co. printed fabrics contribute to the aesthetic effect and can be understood to have social significance.  It looks at the multi-colour.....read more



Research seminar: Renaissance

Dosso and Battista Dossi and their workshop

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

17.30, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Dr Alessandra Pattanaro (Universita’ di Padova)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Guido Rebecchini



Religion, Art and Conflict: Disputes, Destruction and Creation
Conference

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December 2014

Timings to be advised, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Angel with flowing robes playing a horn
English 15th-century stained glass image of an angel with evidence of iconoclast damage.  Private collection, London



Speaker(s): Keynote speakers: Professor James Carley (Oxford/Kent) and Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld). Other speakers are Naomi Billingsley (Manchester), Dr Michael Carter (The Courtauld), Dr Madeline Clements (East London), Lloyd De Beer (British Museum), Anna.....

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Dr Michael Carter

Throughout history religion and belief have been the catalyst for the creation of great buildings and works of art. However, religious art has frequently been disputed, despised and destroyed. This one and a half day conference will examine the role of reform, ideology and conflict in the destruction and preservation of religious art and architecture. The conference will also investigate how theological disputes and religious conflicts have been the impetus for new intellectual and creative approaches to the visual and material arts......read more



Richard McDougall Lecture Autumn 2014

G.M.Woodward's Coffee-House Characters and Evolving Notions of British Humour

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

man in top hat reads out aloud while another looks at him grumpily
George M. Woodward, “The Private Declaimer”, Coffee-House Characters, or Hints to the Readers of Newspapers Exemplified in Eight Characteristic Designs with Letter Press Elucidations to Each Plate, ca. 1808, pencil, ink and watercolour. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Speaker(s): Ann Bermingham (Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

Preserved in the Yale Center for British Art is a small 34-page autograph book titled Coffee-House Characters, or Hints to the Readers of Newspapers Exemplified in Eight Characteristic Designs with Letter Press Elucidations to Each Plate by the amateur cartoonist George M. Woodward. The nine watercolour drawings accompanying the text depict patrons of coffee-houses circa 1808. As is typical of Woodward’s work, the satire directs its barbs away from the sharp and moralizing course so often associated with Hogarth, and visual satire of the eighteenth-century, and toward something gentler and more indulgent. This talk will explore Woodward’s Coffee-House Characters in relation to social change and evolving notions of British humour......read more





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Future conferences



Women Make Fashion / Fashion makes Women

A Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Dress History at The Courtauld

Saturday, 16 May 2015

timings to be confirmed, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): to be advised

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

Organised by: Dr Rebecca Arnold (Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles, The Courtauld), Elizabeth Kutesko (PhD candidate, The Courtauld), and Lucy Moyse (PhD candidate, The Courtauld)

As part of our celebration of fifty years of History of Dress at The Courtauld, this one- day conference explores the relationship and significance of women in designing, wearing, promoting, curating and writing about dress and fashion. Speakers will consider this both from the perspective of those working professionally in the field, and those who consume, wear and document fashion. The conference will provide the opportunity to question how changes in dress, and its representation and exploration through the media, academia, and exhibiting, has impacted relationships between women and fashion, since.....read more



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