Conference | Culture Clash? Contemporary Arts in Historic Contexts

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on February 3, 2014

From the Royal Museums Greenwich:

Culture Clash? Contemporary Arts in Historic Contexts
Royal Museums Greenwich, London, 14 February 2014


Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cheeky Little Astronomer (2013) in Flamsteed House. Commissioned by National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

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In recent years it has become increasingly popular for museums and historic buildings to invite living artists to respond to their buildings or collections by curating, creating or performing on site. What has been the impact of this popular collaborative trend for artists, museums and their audiences? To coincide with the latest in a series of contemporary interventions, Yinka Shonibare MBE at Greenwich, Royal Museums Greenwich is organising a one-day conference to explore the role of contemporary art outside the white cube. Conference fee: £50 (concessionary rate £40). Booking form is available here or call 020 8312 6716.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE, Nelson’s Jacket, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Nelson’s Jacket, 2011.

9.00  Registration and refreshments

9.50  Melanie Vandenbrouck (Royal Museums Greenwich), Welcome and introduction

10.00  Session 1: Approaches and challenges
• Helen Hillyard (National Gallery), New Visions of the Sea: Assessing the legacy of contemporary art at the National Maritime Museum, 1999–2009
• Julien Parsons and Martin Thomas (Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter), The challenges faced by local authority-managed museums and settings
• Antoinette Maget Dominicé (University of Lucerne), Contemporary arts, historic contexts and the law

11.30  Coffee and tea

12.00  Session 2: Interpreting and animating sites and collections
• Bergit Arends (independent curator), Talking Back: Artists working with natural history collections from Australia, China and India
• Nick Cass (University of Leeds), The Haunting of a Shrine: Contemporary art at the Brontë Parsonage Museum

13.00  Lunch, with an opportunity to visit Flamsteed House at the Royal Observatory to see the Cheeky Little Astronomer by Yinka Shonibare MBE

14.30  Curator-led tour of Yinka Shonibare MBE at Greenwich in the Queen’s House

15.30  Coffee and tea

16.00  Session 3: Collaboration, dialogue and (mis)understanding
• Melissa Hamnett (V&A), Disturbing the comfortable
• Helen Shaw (University of York), How do we see each other? Dialogue and exchange in Native American curatorial methodologies
• Jonathan Carson (Carson & Miller) and Rosie Miller (University of Salford), Playing with the past

17.30  Drinks reception

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