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The Mission of a Contemporary Parsifal?: How Christoph Schlingensief opened up the wounds of a traumatised Germany’

Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by Michael Carter

BY WILL ATKIN Christoph Schlingensief’s 1982 film Für Elise sets a bleak scene. A lone man stands in the middle of a provincial street on top of a thick blanket of snow. As the man lifts a trumpet to his … Continue reading

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Magiciens De La Terre

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014 by Michael Carter

BY LEVI PROMBAUM In the second installment of the autumn 2014 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series, Professor Sarah Wilson considered Centre Pompidou’s re-staging of its seminal exhibition Magiciens De La Terre on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Wilson began … Continue reading

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Reading Race in Some Passing Gestures from the 1960s

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014 by Michael Carter

BY WILL ATKIN A quiz in the April 1952 issue of Ebony Magazine faced its readers with a grid of black and white photographic portraits of sixteen American faces. The title of the page almost excitedly posed the affronting question … Continue reading

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A conference diptych: Gothic Ivories: Content and Context

Monday, 7 July, 2014 by James Alexander Cameron

Part of the Gothic Ivories Project, a free-to-use database that aims to catalogue every surviving European ivory carving of c.1200-1530, is to hold a bi-annual get-together, this year jointly held by the Courtauld and the British Museum. For a conference … Continue reading

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Exhibitions as Arguments: Thinking through Contemporary Curation

Friday, 13 June, 2014 by Michael Carter

BY CARLOS KONG It was a pleasure to welcome back David Elliott, an esteemed writer, curator, and alumni of The Courtauld, as the Research Forum Visiting Curator. A specialist in Soviet and Russian avant-garde art and modern and contemporary Asian … Continue reading

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Thank Francis It’s Friarsday: Art, Architecture and the Friars: New Work and Future Prospects (23rd May 2014)

Wednesday, 28 May, 2014 by James Alexander Cameron

This was no Friday, but a Friarsday, when the lecture theatre became like a plenary general chapter meeting of scholars working on mendicant art and architecture, discussing the large amount of scholarship that has recently appeared on the friars in … Continue reading

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Curating the Immaterial: Histories, Theories and Practices of Sound Art

Wednesday, 28 May, 2014 by Michael Carter

  By Carlos Kong “Sound Art Curating Conference: Histories, Theories, and Practices of Sound Art” (15-16 May) brought together an interdisciplinary community of curators, artists, and academics to discuss the philosophical, aesthetic, and practical challenges of curating sound art. The … Continue reading

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Converging on the Object: The Courtauld Metal Bag

Tuesday, 20 May, 2014 by Michael Carter

By Clara Chivers The Converging on the Object symposium took place just before closing of The Courtauld Gallery exhibition Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq. ‘The Courtauld Bag’, a piece of Islamic metal work dated c.1300, is the … Continue reading

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Seventeenth-Century Oil Paintings on Canvas from Safavid Iran: People from ‘Parts Unknown’

Monday, 19 May, 2014 by Natasha Morris

As part of the pioneering Persian and Islamic arts lecture series at the Courtauld, eminent Persianist scholar Dr Eleanor Sims examined the case of ‘people from parts unknown’. The works in question were two suites of almost life-size oil paintings … Continue reading

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The Quintessential Billie Holiday

Monday, 31 March, 2014 by Costanza Beltrami

Professor Carol Tulloch’s talk The Quintessential Billie Holiday explored the different ‘style narratives’ created by the famous jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-59) during her career. As defined by Tulloch, a ‘style narrative’ is a form of ‘self-telling’ which uses specific … Continue reading

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