Events Archive

Summer Term 2022

people in a gallery space, standing and looking at pictures hanging on the walls, behind a sculpture

Open Courtauld, Research

Considering Collecting: Women and Collecting

6:30pm, 19 Apr 2022 | Free, booking essential

In the fifth event in this series, the panel will discuss the neglected stories of women artists, collectors and historical figures, as well as their own experiences as women in the field of visual arts. ...

Photograph showing an installation view of an exhibition

Centre for American Art, Research

Reconsidering ‘Riffs and Relations’

5:00pm, 25 Apr 2022 | Free, booking essential

This presentation will chronicle the conception and planning of Riffs and Relations, taking a hard look at the triumphs and missteps.  ...

Front cover of the book 'Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times' showing a drawing of a man sat on a rock overlooking a ruined city.

Research

Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times

6:30pm, 27 Apr 2022 | Free, booking essential

What are the politics of picturing the end times? This panel discussion will celebrate the launch of Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times with Courtauld Books Online. ...

Photograph of a folder label which reads 'Abstract Impressionism'

Centre for American Art, Research

American Art Archives in Britain

3:00pm, 6 May 2022 | Free, booking essential

This two-day symposium will feature papers presenting case studies, roundtable discussion of the questions about archives the project raised, and a keynote talk by Professor Michael Leja. ...

Still from a video showing a person's arms with hands caressing a flower and a dancing figure in the background.

Research

Queer Ecologies: Artist Adham Faramawy

6:30pm, 9 May 2022 | Free, booking essential

At a time of rising far right movements as well as waves of LGBTQ+ activism and in the midst of a climate emergency, artist Adham Faramawy will reflect on the relationship between queer politics and ecologies in their art practice. ...

Embroidery demonstration

Open Courtauld, Research, The Courtauld Gallery

Royal School of Needlework at The Courtauld

10:00am, 13 May 2022 | £135

The Royal School of Needlework and The Courtauld are delighted to be partnering on a Canvaswork hand embroidery class inspired by a stunning Floral Back Chair from the museum’s Bloomsbury Room. The one-day class will be held at the museum on Friday 1...

Fragment of an ivory panel with a frontal head

Research

On the Framing of Women: Art Historical and Theological Perspectives

6:30pm, 27 May 2022 | Free, limited spaces, booking essential

Following the recent opening of Reframed: The Woman in the Window at Dulwich Picture Gallery—to great critical acclaim—this seminar will offer an opportunity to hear from its curator, Jennifer Sliwka, about some of the religious traditions of depicti...

Image showing a comparison between a painted building and a photograph of a real building

Research

The Desert in the Lagoon

6:00pm, 31 May 2022 | Free, booking essential

David Young Kim will screen his new film, “The Desert and the Lagoon" (co-directed with Amelia Saul). ...

Spring Term 2022

Sculpture of a head and body, without arms or legs

Research

In Conversation: The Sculpture as Text

5:30pm, 11 Jan 2022 | Free, booking essential

This event will comprise papers by Dr Jonathan Vernon, titled 'The Modern Fragment and the Functions of Language' and Dr Rachel Rose Smith titled 'Barbara Hepworth, language and feeling'. ...

Courtauld gallery interior, painting hanging from the walls on the left side and two wood panel paintings on the right side

Open Courtauld, Research, The Courtauld Gallery

After Hours: An Artist's Studio

7:00pm, 19 Jan 2022 | £0.00 - £9.00

The Courtauld will be transformed into An Artists Studio for our first ‘After Hour’ of 2022— with pop-up talks, demonstrations, hands on activities, food and drink inspired by the ateliers of the artists in our collection. From Montmatre to the stree...

detail of a portrait of Alex Mein

Research

Fashion Illustration Masterclass with Alex Mein

7:00pm, 24 Jan 2022 | £15 full price (concessions available). Limited space, booking essential

Gray M.C.A in partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art London is proud to present a series of Fashion Illustration Masterclasses – each hosted by a leading illustrator. In each session you will hear how a contemporary artist approaches his or ...

Research

Open Courtauld Hour: In Conversation with Cecily Brown

8:00pm, 27 Jan 2022 | Free, booking essential

This Open Courtauld Hour, an in conversation between the artist Cecily Brown, Barnaby Wright (Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery and Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art) and Leyla Bumbra (Research Forum Programme Manager), will traverse the com...

Photograph showing a large multicoloured deflating balloon structure

Research

History and Her-stories: Women artists in Moscow Conceptualism

6:30pm, 2 Feb 2022 | Free, booking essential

What happens if the history of Russian art is retold from the point of view of female artists? Is it possible to overturn the narrative of artistic progress driven by the male artistic “geniuses” and instead, reclaim and celebrate the influence of fe...

Woven artwork

Centre for American Art, Research

Louise Bourgeois: Woven Yarns

6:00pm, 10 Feb 2022 | Free, booking essential

This talk will explore the role of weaving as material and metaphor in Bourgeois’s practice, and her psychic identifications with woven textiles....

Photograph of Tate Modern with a sun superimposed over it

Research

Curating the Virtual

6:00pm, 14 Feb 2022 | Free, booking essential

Daniel Birnbaum, director of Acute Art, will discuss the role of technology and new visual media in how we experience art today. ...

Open Courtauld, Research, The Courtauld Gallery

After Hours: Painting Oneself

7:00pm, 16 Feb 2022 | £0.00 - £16.00

Join The Courtauld for an evening of culture after dark in our latest ‘After Hours’ event! Celebrating the first ever exhibition devoted to Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits across his entire career, this ‘After Hours’ will be made up of lightning ta...

Research

Open Courtauld Hour: Van Gogh and his Self-Portraits

8:00pm, 24 Feb 2022 | Free, booking essential

This Open Courtauld Hour aligns with and celebrates our latest exhibition! The first ever exhibition devoted to Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portraits across his entire career will take place at The Courtauld Gallery from 3 February – 8 May 2022....

Abstract painting by Sam Francis

Research

NEW DATE: Considering Collecting: Collections within Collections

6:30pm, 7 Mar 2022 | Free, booking essential

In this ‘In Conversation’ event, Coralie Malissard and Barnaby Wright will be joined by the artist and collector Linda Karshan to discuss the history, character, and importance, of the recent Karshan Gift to The Courtauld Gallery (on display 19 Novem...

painting of white clouds in a light blue sky

Research

Ruskin Unpossessed

6:00pm, 10 Mar 2022 | Free, booking essential

This lecture explores the aesthetic and ethical parameters of John Ruskin’s watercolour practice. ...

Drawing of a crayfish

Research

Parmigianino Round Table

3:00pm, 15 Mar 2022 | Free, booking essential

This Round Table brings together a group of world-leading scholars on Parmigianino to discuss their latest projects and research on the artist, one of the most celebrated of sixteenth-century Italy. ...

Photograph of a large statue of Buddha in a lying position

Research

Recreating Angkorian Worlds: Out of Chaos

6:00pm, 15 Mar 2022 | Free, booking essential

This talk will examine the reclining Buddha and Vishnu figures sculpted into the landscape of Angkor’s Kulen Mountains as embodying a site-specific re-birthing of the world. ...

some of the silver pieces from the Courtauld collection under a glass display, with some people looking at them

Open Courtauld, Research, The Courtauld Gallery

After Hours: Tea Party

7:00pm, 16 Mar 2022 | Various

Anyone for tea? This ‘After Hour' will transform our gallery into a fantastical Tea Party — with pop-up talks, interventions, activities, food and drink inspired by our decorative arts collection and exhibition Kurdistan in the 1940s. Take part in te...

Oil painting depicting part of the Statue of Liberty, by Norman Rockwell

Centre for American Art, Research

American Art and the Political Imagination

Friday 18th March, 2.00pm - 5.00pm GMT and Saturday 19th March, 1.45pm GMT - 6.15pm GMT | Free, booking essential

This conference originated from a single question: In what ways have art and visual culture contributed to the formulation of the American political imagination?...

the philosophy of susanne langer book cover: an abstract background gold and red

Research

Susanne Langer: On Signs, Symbols and Embodied Meaning

5:30pm, 22 Mar 2022 | Free, booking essential

Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin will discuss with Ben Quash some of Langer’s key influences and aims, revealing her to be one of the most insightful and fertile but also most neglected philosophers of the twentieth century....

detail of an oil painting depicting a jar, a vase and a pot with some white cubes in it.

Research

Open Courtauld Hour: A Good Brew

8:00pm, 24 Mar 2022 | Free, booking essential

This Open Courtauld Hour will interrogate the problematic history of tea, coffee and sugar and its connection to objects in The Courtauld Connection. The implicit relationship to the lives of those colonised and enslaved can be exposed through tracin...

Autumn Term 2021

black and white illustration of an angel holding a papyri roll

Research

Ruskin's Ecologies - Book Launch Event

6:30pm, 21 Sep 2021 | Free, but booking essential

This is an event to celebrate the publication of 'Ruskin's Ecologies', edited by Thomas Hughes and Kelly Freeman, published by Courtauld Books Online. ...

Photo in black and white of a Kurdish child

Research

Open Courtauld Hour: Captured!

8:00pm, 30 Sep 2021 | Free, booking essential

To celebrate the upcoming reopening of our gallery we are teaming up with our digitisation team, volunteers and students for our first Open Courtauld Hour of the season!...

the big draw festival 2021 logo illustration, depicting a girl holding a green megaphone with the words

Research

The Big Draw Festival: Make The Change!

11:00am, 2 Oct 2021 | Free, but booking essential

The Big Draw Festival: MakeTheChange! is a timely development on last year's exploration into the relationship between people and our living environments. In 2021, we are partnering with The Big Draw team to take action, to explore and to discover wa...

Photograph of a black woman standing with her hands on her hips against a backdrop of a bookcase.

Research

Decolonizing the Museum?

2:30pm, 6 Oct 2021 | Free, booking essential

This lecture discusses a series of practices and experiments initiated by Françoise Vergès around the decolonisation of the museum for the ‘Museum without Objects’ (Réunion Island, 2004-2020), ‘The Slave in the Louvre: An Invisible Humanity’ (Paris ...

Photograph of an exhibition of painting and ceramic artworks displayed in a domestic setting

Research

Considering Collecting: Collecting Today

6:30pm, 12 Oct 2021 | Free, booking essential

This first event in the 'Considering Collecting' series brings together experts and collectors to share knowledge, insight and advice on collecting artworks. ...

Painting showing a central figure with bagpipes and two figures in Scottish clothing dancing

Centre for American Art, Research

Gatecrashers and the Promise of American Art

5:00pm, 18 Oct 2021 | Free, booking essential

Nearly one hundred years ago, artists without formal training “crashed the gates” of the elite art world, as their paintings of American life and fantastical scenes derived from their imaginations began appearing in major museums. This talk draws upo...

Photograph showing a person looking into a small, oval, handheld mirror against a black background

Research

Shen Xin and Alvin Li in conversation

5:00pm, 21 Oct 2021 | Free, booking essential

Artist Shen Xin joins curator and writer Alvin Li for an intimate conversation in this online event. In lieu of a conventional studio visit, the two interlocutors will proceed by posing each other a series of questions informed by their ongoing resea...

Oil painting depicting a man on a damaged boat in the middle of shark infested waters

Centre for American Art, Research

Forgetting and Remembering the Sea with Winslow Homer

5:00pm, 25 Oct 2021 | Free, booking essential

This lecture interrogates Homer’s marines anew by focusing on the unique epistemology and materiality of the ocean. The late photographer and theorist Allan Sekula has called the oceans a “forgotten space.” Indeed, art historians tend to look out to ...

Photograph of a figure sitting amidst a forest

Research

Ecosensibility

1:00pm, 27 Oct 2021 | Free, booking essential

Zheng Bo will discuss his practice and thinking on cultivating ecological wisdom in the age of Anthropocene extinction. ...

painting of two mean wearing clothes and a naked woman sitting on the grass eating some food

Research

Open Courtauld Hour: Restaged!

8:00pm, 28 Oct 2021 | Free, booking essential

The Courtauld Gallery will open its doors this November, following the most significant modernisation project in its history. This Open Courtauld Hour will therefore provide a rare back of house tour, a sneak preview to The Courtauld Gallery and the ...

Photograph of a sculpture consisting of three wooden panels standing upright

Research

Representation as a Matter of Fact

6:30pm, 2 Nov 2021 | Free, booking essential

Since the late ’60s Toren has been addressing the ways in which representation can incorporate that which it represents. His is a unique practice. ...

Photograph showing group of people sitting next to a road under a sign reading 'Whittier Boulevard'. They are wearing masks and there are images of skeletons placed by them.

Centre for American Art, Research

Guerrilla Art and the Politics of Punitive Literacy

5:00pm, 15 Nov 2021 | Free, booking essential

In this talk, Faye Glessier aims to provide an alternative historical narrative for guerrilla art in the U.S. that emerged in the late 1960s and gained legibility throughout the 1970s. ...

Geometric image made up of rectangles of white, black and green

Centre for American Art, Research

Not / Making / Marks: On Lygia Clark’s Organic Line

6:00pm, 18 Nov 2021 | Free, booking essential

This talk concerns the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark’s concept of the “organic” line: an interval of space that appears between a painting and its frame, a door and its lintel, or tiles on the floor....

Cover of a book showing a photograph of Harold Rosenberg

Centre for American Art, Research

Harold Rosenberg and “The American Action Painters”

5:00pm, 22 Nov 2021 | Free, booking essential

Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978) is still primarily known by a single essay, “The American Action Painters,” which was published in ARTnews in 1952.  When the piece appeared in the December issue, the response was phenomenal.  Not only did it galvanize a...

drawing of a dancer, dancing with a leg up in the air

Research

Open Courtauld Hour: Can-Can!

8:00pm, 25 Nov 2021 | Free, booking essential

This Open Courtauld Hour invites you to enter a world of splendour, misery and excess! In this hour the electrifying entertainment of the can-can and cabaret of the Courtauld Collection takes centre stage....

Screen shot of a digital artwork showing a constellation of photographs, documents and videos

Open Courtauld, Research

Charles Stankievech and The Double Agent

5:00pm, 29 Nov 2021 | Free, booking essential

This event will involve a discussion around the project Nº6092 by the artist Charles Stankievech, commissioning KW curator Nadim Samman and The Courtauld’s Research Forum Programme Manager Leyla Bumbra. ...

Abstract image on a black background

Research

Immediations no.19 (2021) Launch

5:30pm, 6 Dec 2021 | Free, booking essential

Join us at the launch of the 2021 issue of immediations, Courtauld’s annual peer-reviewed publication of postgraduate research. ...

Photograph of a piece of yellowed paper with writing on

Centre for American Art, Research

Workshop :“How close can I get to someone? Will we become each other”: Epistolary Subjects, Objects, and Methods in Feminist Art, Art Writing, and Art History

10:00am, 9 Dec 2021 | Free, very limited space, booking essential

In this participatory workshop involving writing experiments and collective discussions, we will revisit, handle again, the letters we have discovered in the archives of the artists and subjects we study, considering our roles as interlocutors across...

Lady looking at Pierre-Auguste Renoir's La Loge in the renovated Courtauld Gallery

Open Courtauld, Research, The Courtauld Gallery

After Hours: Glow-up!

7:00pm, 15 Dec 2021 | £9.00

Get your glad rags on, dust the cobwebs off your favourite and sparkliest outfits and join The Courtauld for its first After Hour event in its newly transformed gallery! ...

Painting of a woman powdering her face

Research

Open Courtauld Hour: Dress-up!

8:00pm, 16 Dec 2021 | Free, booking essential

Get your glad rags on, dust the cobwebs off your favourite and sparkliest outfits and join The Courtauld for its last Open Courtauld Hour of 2021!...

Past Events: 2021 - 2019

Past Events: 2019 - 2017