Friends Lecture Series

Expanding Horizons: Rethinking the past through the lens of the present

What does it mean to be a museum of modern and contemporary art in the twenty-first century? Is it still possible to claim to have a ‘world view’? Frances Morris sets out her vision of how Tate Modern can respond to the new demands and challenges that face it, how it is to engage audiences in a more active way and act as a place of exchange – both a place of things and a site where things take place.

Frances Morris was appointed Director of Tate Modern in April 2017.  She has played a key role in the development of Tate over decades, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000–2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art until she was appointed to her current role. She has continually worked to re-imagine Tate’s collection and has been instrumental in developing its international reach and its representation of women artists. Frances was jointly responsible for the initial presentation of the opening collection displays at Tate Modern in 2000, which radically transformed the way in which museums present the story of modern art. She has curated landmark exhibitions, many of which were large-scale international collaborations, including three major retrospectives of women artists, Louise Bourgeois in 2007, Yayoi Kusama in 2012 and Agnes Martin in 2015.

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9 Nov 2016

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