Events recordings – Spring 2022

handdrawn, pen drawing of a figure pointing to the left, drapped in material
Francesco Girolamo Maria Mazzola, il Parmigianino (1503-1540), Study for “The Entombment” , pen and brown ink, brown-grey wash, on laid paper, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust). D.1978.PG.97

Parmigianino Round Table

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 ItalyDuring an afternoon academics and curators from Italy, UK and the US will present on the artist’s manifold artistic practices, including drawing, printmaking and paintingsubstantially updating our knowledge on this important artist and producing a state-of-the-art assessment of scholarship on his oeuvre.

Organised by Dr Ketty Gottardo (The Courtauld) and Dr Guido Rebecchini (The Courtauld) 

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Lynne Cooke, Briony Fer and Ricardo Alcaide in Conversation about “Purity Is a Myth: The Materiality of Concrete Art in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay”

Celebrating the book launch of “Purity is a Myth: The Materiality of Concrete Art from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay” in a roundtable conversation with Prof. Briony Fer, Professor of History of Art and Research Director at University College London, Dr Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and Venezuelan-born artist Ricardo Alcaide.

The Psycho-Architectonics of the Imżā Inscriptions: Denotations and Connotations of Text in the Arts of the Safavids

Speaker: Dr Mahroo Moosavi – Bahari Fellow in the Persian Arts of the Book, University of Oxford; Oliver Smithies Lecturer, Balliol College, University of Oxford; Lecturer, Architectural History, Theory, and Design, University of Sydney

Open Courtauld Hour - Episode 5, S6: Van Gogh and his Self-Portraits

Join us to hear more about the exhibition, the works on display, the motivation behind it and its special relevance to London itself. Learn from experts Karen Serres (Curator of Paintings at The Courtauld) and the team behind Van Gogh House London. This event allows those unable to come to the exhibition itself a rare opportunity to experience the artworks virtually.

ball of fire outside Tate Modern
Olafur Eliasson, ’Solar Friend,’ 2020 (AR, installed outside Tate Modern as part of ’Unreal City’)

Curating the Virtual

New technologies are taking over the planet. Art institutions will be transformed and collectors of art have discovered the world of unique digital objects, so-called NFTs. Exactly how will today’s visual media — AR, VR and Mixed Reality — expand the ways we experience art? Will the virtual turn change art itself, just like photographic techniques and mass distribution once altered our understanding of what an artwork can be? Walter Benjamin’s influential 1935 essay on mechanical reproduction opens with a quote from French poet Paul Valéry: ‘We must expect great innovations to transform entire techniques of the arts, thereby affecting artistic innovation itself and perhaps even bringing about amazing change in our very notion of art.’

Speaker: Professor Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Acute Art

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Considering Collecting: Collecting the Ephemeral

When we think of art collections, our thoughts often turn to paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, photography, or perhaps to mixed media, collage or found objects. However, there are an increasing number of artworks in the art market which use more complex, ephemeral materials: light, sound, the internet, computer software, digital images and even the body. The fourth event in the ‘Considering Collecting’ series will focus on the collection of performance art – works which are made using the artist or performer’s body and which often do not leave any material trace once they are finished. Speaker: Rose Lejeune, Director of Performance Exchange.

The Textual-Visual Collaborations of Blaise Cendrars

Speaker: Professor Eric Robertson, Professor of Modern French Literary and Visual Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London

History and Her-stories: Women artists in Moscow Conceptualism

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 female artists upon contemporary Russian art? Speaker: Elena Zaytseva – Independent curator and historian of art Organised by Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld) and Professor Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld) as part of their Frank Davis Memorial Lecture series titled ‘Exiles and Émigrés’.

landscape painting with 4 figures, two sit on the grass playing instruments, two women, naked, in the foreground
Titian, Pastoral Concert, c. 1509-1510, Paris, Musée du Louvre

Pastoral Fellowship and the Performance of Virtuosity in Titian’s Concert Champêtre

This talk places Titian’s Concert Champêtre (ca. 1509–11) within the context of elite domestic leisure in early sixteenth-century Venice. In particular, it explores the combined role of sociable gathering, theatrical performance, music making, and art collection in the establishment of a new mode of self-fashioning and generational distinction on the part of young Venetian patricians and the virtuosi they patronized.

Speaker: Chriscinda Henry, Associate Professor of Art History, McGill University.

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Framing the Body: Yip Cheong Fun and Singapore Photography in the 1960s and 1970s

This session of Addressing Images is based on the work of Singapore photographer Yip Cheong Fun (1903-1989) in the 1960s and 1970s. We will discuss how Yip achieved 美感 (mei gan), or a feeling of beauty, that he along with other “amateur” practitioners in the local photographic community were seeking in the vignettes they composed, sometimes on group field trips across the island city. Speaker: Nadya Wang (PhD candidate at The Courtauld Institute of Art and lecturer in the School of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore)

Open Courtauld Hour - Episode 4, S6: In Conversation with Cecily Brown

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 commission, Cecily’s inspirations, processes and materials. The event will allow attendees to ask Cecily questions about this work.

Considering Collecting: Caring for Collections

Speakers: Rosemary Lynch, Director of Collection Care at Tate 2013-21 Megan Narvey, Outreach Conservator at the Minnesota Historical Society Kathleen Lawther, freelance curator Marenka Thompson-Odlum, Research Associate at the Pitt Rivers Museums and a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow