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Exhibition: 'Objects of contemplation Natural sculptures from the Qing dynasty' - Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Posted 27 October 2009 in External News and Events

Objects of contemplation
Natural sculptures from the Qing dynasty
Gallery 4, Henry Moore Institute
12 December 2009 – 7 March 2010

This small but exquisite exhibition is concerned with the remarkable rocks collected in 17th-century China, and asks important questions about them: when does a rock become a sculpture, for example? How important is the role of the person who notices the rock in the first place; the person who finds it, cleans it, polishes it and places it on a pedestal?

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Renaissance Research Seminars - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Posted 26 October 2009 in External News and Events

Renaissance Research seminars 

Seminars are free and open to all, and will be held at 5.30pm in the Research Forum South Room at the Courtauld Institute of Art. 

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Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize

Posted 26 October 2009 in External News and Events

Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize
In Partnership with American Art

The Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize recognizes excellent scholarship by a non-U.S. scholar in the field of historical American art (circa 1500—1980). The winning manuscript should advance understanding of American art and demonstrate new findings and original perspectives. It will be translated and published in American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s scholarly journal, which will also cover the cost of image rights and reproductions, and the winner will receive a $500 award. This prize is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Conference: Writing Art History: Reading and Writing - The Courtauld Institute

Posted 26 October 2009 in External News and Events

Writing Art History: Reading and Writing

14.30 – 18.00, Friday 13 November (with registration from 14.00)

10.00 – 18.00, Saturday 14 November (with registration from 9.30am)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

This conference marks the culmination of the activities of the Writing Art History Seminar Group, which has been meeting regularly for the past two years to discuss and develop projects that engage with the issues surrounding the act of writing, in relation to the artist, critic and historian; the various project of its members have considered different modes and methods of writing, the relation between fiction and art history, the changing role of the art historian and critic, and the functions of names and anonymity, the boundaries and borders that shape the discipline.

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Call for Papers: 'The British Museum Citole: New Perspectives'

Posted 26 October 2009 in External News and Events

Call for Papers: The British Museum Citole: New Perspectives

Stevenson Theatre, British Museum, November 4-5, 2010

The British Museum is pleased to host a symposium to highlight recent research related to the medieval citole in its collection. This is the first international symposium on this unique instrument, and celebrates the lastest work done by scientists at the British Museum as well as significant new research by scholars in many fields.

The British Museum citole (formerly known as the ‘Warwick Castle gittern’) is one of a small handful of medieval stringed musical instruments to have survived, providing an invaluable link between iconography and reality. Equally, it is important as one of the most extraordinary examples of craftsmanship and decorative arts from the fourteenth century, prominently displayed in the newly renovated medieval gallery of the Museum.

A rich post-medieval existence is indicated by an engraved silver plate which links the instrument to Queen Elizabeth I and her favourite, Robert Dudley. The instrument was modified into a violin, receiving a new soundboard, fingerboard, tailpiece, peg arrangement, and other fittings. The history of these later accretions yield valuable insights into the violin and violin making in Britain.

By taking as its focus the single extant instrument, it is hoped that this symposium will promote research and discussion about a number of diverse topics. We invite participants to submit paper proposals relating to any aspect of the British Museum citole. The following list of topics, which is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive, may serve as an inspiration:

Iconography and morphology of citoles Citoles in documents and literature Citole performance practices The artwork on the British Museum citole The craft of the medieval instrument builder Stringed instruments in the medieval period: performers, producers, and patrons The violin fittings on the British Museum citole Music and musical instruments of Elizabeth I

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. The symposium will feature time for questions as well as roundtable discussions with researchers, makers, and players of this instrument type. Publication of an edited volume of selected papers is planned to follow the symposium.

Abstracts of 300-400 words and a brief CV should be submitted by 15 January 2010, as Word attachments to an email to the address below. For further information, please contact Naomi Speakman, Project Curator of Medieval Collections, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum, London, WC1B 3DG, 44-(0)20-7323-8467 (phone), 44-(0)20-7323-8496 (fax) or at nspeakman@britishmuseum.org.
 

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Conference in Honour of Jennifer Fletcher - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Posted 26 October 2009 in External News and Events

Conference in Honour of Jennifer Fletcher

 11.30 - 18.30, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 (registration not required) 

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

 This one-day conference will celebrate Jennifer Fletcher’s outstanding contribution to art history as an imaginative and original scholar and inspirational teacher.

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'Close Encounters of a Frillip Moolog Kind' - Solihull Art Gallery

Posted 26 October 2009 in External News and Events

Close Encounters of a Frillip Moolog Kind

Solihull Art Gallery, Solihull Arts Complex, Touchwood, Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3RG

19th October - 14th November 2009
Monday & Thursday 9am-8pm, Tuesday & Friday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 10am-6pm and Saturday 9am-5pm

 Artist’s talk: 29 October from 6-7pm

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Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Globalisation and Contemporary Art

Posted 26 October 2009 in External News and Events

Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series: Globalisation and Contemporary Art
Autumn 2009
Sponsored by the F M Kirby Foundation

Lectures are free and open to all (no registration required) and will be held at 5.30pm in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre 

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'Troubling Desire(s) in Art': Queer Symposium

Posted 26 October 2009 in External News and Events

The SHOUT festival draws together Queer Theorists and Practitioners to discuss 'Troubling Desire(s) in Art'. The symposium asks whether different conceptualisations of desire might find common ground through visual methods. Speakers Del LaGrace Volcano, Jonathan D Katz, Dominic Johnson, David Dibosa and Mandy Merck.

Saturday 14th November.

Birmingham City University Department of Art, Margaret Street. 09:30 – 16:30.

£5.00 (includes lunch)

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The ARTiculation Prize for HoA A-Level Students

Posted 20 October 2009 in External News and Events

On behalf of the University of Cambridge, the AAH is pleased to be able to circulate the following information:

The ARTiculation Prize invites students to give a short presentation on a work of art of their choice. Participating students will take part in one of three regional heats taking place across the country, in Cambridge, London and Wiltshire, in February and March 2010. Two entrants from each heat will be selected to take part in the Competition Final on Saturday 6 March.

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