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Utopia III: Contemporary Russian Art and the Ruins of Utopia

Friday, 5 April, 2013 by Lola Weddleton

In February, I attended the Utopia III conference held through the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre. The conference was the third in a series addressing the theme of ‘utopia’ within Russian art, with each focusing on a different time period; … Continue reading

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Irene Noy, ‘Why Only Look? Aural and Visual Representation of Female Identity in West Germany’

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 by Lola Weddleton

Of the many Research Forum talks I attended Spring semester, I found Irene Noy’s ‘Why Only Look? Aural and Visual Representation of Female Identity in West Germany’ to be one of the most engaging and eye opening. As the title … Continue reading

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Natalia Murray on the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the Quest for the New Art

Friday, 15 March, 2013 by Anne-Marie Tong

At the end of January, Natalia Murray spoke about ‘The Proletarian Art Enigma’ as part of the Modern and Contemporary Research Seminar. She began with the social and historical background of the Russian Revolution of 1917—aimed at establishing a homogenous … Continue reading

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Tim Barringer, ‘Aspiring to the Condition of Music’

Sunday, 3 March, 2013 by Tom Balfe

In 1879, infuriated at having been denied full payment for The Peacock Room, the daring interior design scheme he had created for the London townhouse of shipping magnate Frederick Leyland, James McNeill Whistler satirised his miserly patron in a remarkable … Continue reading

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Martin Myrone, ‘“Like a great circus tent”: folk art, art history and the museum’

Friday, 1 March, 2013 by Tom Balfe

It can be easy to forget how restricted a view of art production most of us really have. The works sitting pretty in our major museums and galleries are the towering emergent trees in our cultural ecosystem; while often wholly … Continue reading

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ORIENTALISM AND “ISLAMOPHILIA”

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 by Tim Satterthwaite

This year’s Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series, titled Histories in Transition, explores the theme of historicism in visual art of the modern period. For the third lecture in the series, Rémi Labrusse, of Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre, described idealist visions … Continue reading

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DR. SARAH JAMES AT THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 by Liz Kim

History of photography seminars, organised by Julian Stallabrass and Pei-Kuei Tsai, explores the history of the modern invention up to the present day by inviting academics, photographers, and curators to give a lecture at the Research Forum on Wednesday evenings … Continue reading

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CRYSTAL OF RESISTANCE – THOMAS HIRSCHHORN

Wednesday, 1 February, 2012 by Jane Scarth

A response by Jane Scarth   “This is something essential to art: reception is never its goal. What counts for me is that my work provides material to reflect upon. Reflection is an activity.” – Thomas Hirschhorn Having reflected on … Continue reading

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Modern Science and the Avant-Garde: Rethinking Alexander Calder

Monday, 23 January, 2012 by Jane Scarth

Vanja Malloy I’ve always secretly wished I was really good at science and could do physics. My dad tried particularly hard to get me interested having studied it himself at university, but the truth is I never had teacher at … Continue reading

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