Historizing Art in California - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Historizing Art in California

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Historizing Art in California

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London

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Chicano Park murals, c. 1970-present, Barrio Logan, San Diego. Photo courtesy of the Author


  • Jenni Sorkin - Associate Professor, University of California

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  • Jo Applin - Reader, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Open to all, free admission

Places are limited and available on a first-come first served basis

California’s art history has largely been told through exhibitions, catalogs, and art criticism. This behind-the-scenes talk is a special preview of the in-process book, Art in California, which is being written expressly for the Thames & Hudson World of Art series, to relaunch in 2021. The talk will focus on the issues and problems in contextualizing California’s artistic production within the frameworks of 20th century American modernism, and the larger methodologies in conceptualizing an intersectional and inclusive survey text for 21st century audiences.

Jenni Sorkin is Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture at University of California, Santa Barbara. She writes on the intersections between gender, material culture, and contemporary art, working primarily on women artists and underrepresented media. She is the author of Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community (University of Chicago Press, 2016), which examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics. She received her PhD in the History of Art from Yale University in 2010 and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Modern Craft. She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2014-15), the Center for Craft (2012), the Getty Research Institute (2010-11), and the ACLS/Luce Fellowship in American Art (2008). In November 2019, she will give the 23rd annual Peter Dormer Lecture at the Royal College of Art in London, Britain’s most distinguished lecture series in the applied arts.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

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