‘Dreaming has a Share in History’: Thinking Around Black British Art - The Courtauld Institute of Art

‘Dreaming has a Share in History’: Thinking Around Black British Art

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Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series, Research Forum
Frank Davis Memorial Lecture

‘Dreaming has a Share in History’: Thinking Around Black British Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

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Speaker

  • Dorothy Price - Director, Centre for Black Humanities, University of Bristol

Organised by

  • Dr Alixe Bovey - Head of Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Open to all, free admission

with advance booking required

This lecture will reflect on recent developments in Black British Art with a focus on the work of Lubaina Himid and other artists of her generation. Over the course of a career spanning several decades, Himid has produced an extraordinary body of work in a variety of media in which the primacy of painting has remained to the fore. The use of colour, installation and collage in a re-address to history, to art history, to monuments, to time, to memory and to visibility, amongst other themes, are central to Himid’s practices as an artist; a practice in which she wrests painting from its traditional function as an instrument for white western canon formation and re-deploys it in a dialogical relation to its origins. Such a Benjaminian concept of history – as a constellation between past, present and future in which re-interrogating the past in the present might produce the conditions for change in the future – is one of the enduring qualities of her artistic practice and will be explored further in this lecture as part of a wider reflection on the remapping of the boundaries of British art and diasporic engagements with legacies of modernism.

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