Symposium | Basic Instincts

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 23, 2017

Joseph Highmore, Pamela in the Bedroom with Mrs Jewkes and Mr B. (detail), 1743–44, oil on canvas, 62.7 × 75.7 cm (London: Tate). Part of the series Four Scenes from Samuel Richardson’s Pamela.

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From The Foundling Museum:

Basic Instincts: Art, Women, and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century
Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 20 November 2017

This symposium has been organised alongside the Foundling Museum exhibition Basic Instincts (on view from 29 September 2017 until 7 January 2018). Curated by Jacqueline Riding, historical consultant, author, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London, Basic Instincts explores Georgian attitudes to love, desire, and female respectability through the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore (1692–1780). The symposium will draw out some of the key themes of the exhibition, focusing on the depiction of women and sexuality in eighteenth-century culture. Tickets are £40 (£30 concessions and Foundling Friends), with booking information available here.


10.00  Coffee and registration

10.20  Welcome from Kate Retford (History of Art Department, Birkbeck, University of London)

10.30  Jacqueline Riding (Curator of Basic Instincts, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London), Basic Instincts: Love, Passion, Violence

11.00  Panel 1 | Highmore and His Context
• Kate Retford (Senior Lecturer in Art History at Birkbeck, University of London), Joseph Highmore, Time, and Miss Whichcote’s Marriage
• Kirsten Tambling (PhD candidate, History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Into the Thickest Part of the Grove’: Hogarth’s ‘outdoor’ Before and After
• Emma Barker (Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Open University), Sentiment and Seduction: Cross-Channel Connections in Art and Literature

12.30  Lunch

14.00  Tour of Basic Instincts exhibition with Kathleen Palmer (Curator at the Foundling Museum)

15.30  Panel 2 | Art, Women, and Sexuality
Joanne Begiato (Professor in History, Oxford Brookes University), The Tender Mother in the Eighteenth Century: Bosoms and Bliss?
• Mary Peace (Senior Lecturer in English, Sheffield Hallam University), Reversing the Harlot’s Progress? The Figuring and Refiguring of Magdalens at the London Magdalen Hospital in the Eighteenth Century
• Karen Lipsedge (Associate Professor in English Literature, Kingston University), ‘Imagine They See’: Pamela and Visual and Literary Depictions of the Eighteenth-Century Interior

17.00  Closing remarks




Kress and AAMC Affiliated Fellowship for American Academy in Rome

Posted in opportunities by Editor on September 23, 2017

From the Association of Art Museum Curators:

Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome
Applications due by 16 October 2017

The purpose of The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and AAMC Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome is to provide essential funding for curators to develop projects that require research in Italy. Awarded projects need not be Rome specific. The program, launched in 2014, is intended to honor exceptional curatorial vision and help curators advance deserving projects.

Since its founding, the program has been awarded to distinguished curators to advance the following projects: Hilliard Todd Goldfarb (Associate Chief Curator and Curator of Old Masters, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) for Faith, Death, and Eternal Life in the Art of Poussin (working title); Judith Mann (Curator, European Art to 1800 at the Saint Louis Art Museum) for Painting on Stone, 1520–1800; Andaleeb Badiee Banta (Curator of European and American Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College) for Old Master Drawings @ Oberlin: The Italian Drawings; and Jessica Powers (The Gilbert M. Denman, Jr., Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World, San Antonio Museum of Art) for Sacred Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome.

“Establishing this Fellowship offers curators the ability to explore further important scholarly research by gaining access to sites and material within Rome.” said Max Marmor, President, of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. “Support for travel research is more and more a rare opportunity for many curators, and we are honored to offer this opportunity, which supports our mission to promote the professional work of curators.

“The AAMC Foundation is truly grateful to have partners, such as the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and American Academy in Rome, that share our organization’s mission, which includes a dedication to the curatorial field,” added former AAMC President (2013–15) Emily Ballew Neff. “We are thrilled to present to our members, through the generous support of the Kress Foundation, such an outstanding and rewarding opportunity to advance their research.”

• Open to AAMC members in good standing.
• Research can be exhibition related or for written scholarly work, but should not be in conjunction with completing a dissertation.
• Applicant is required to list preferred period of residency, indicating a first and second choice.
• A letter of support from institution director, project director and/or host of project.
• Priority will be given to those without funds to support research travel.

Applications are due by Monday, 16 October 2017 at 12pm, EST.

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