Conference | Fashion and Textiles between France and England

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 7, 2017

From the conference website:

Moving Beyond Paris and London: Influences, Circulation, and Rivalries
in Fashion and Textiles between France and England, 1700–1914

IHTP and Musée Cognacq Jay, Paris, 13–14 October 2017

Co-organised by the LARCA/ Paris Diderot, the IHTP-CNRS and the Musée Cognacq Jay, the conference will take place in the IHTP 59/61 rue Pouchet, 75017 on the 13th and in the Musée Cognacq Jay, 8 rue Elzevir 75003 Paris on the 14th.

The keynote addresses will be given by Lesley Miller (Head of Textile and Dress at the V&A, London) and Zara Anishanslin (History, University of Delaware). The event is free and open to all, but registration is compulsory.

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9.00 Welcome and Coffee

9.30  Mapping Cross-Channel Textile Rivalries
• Fabrice Bensimon, Lace makers between Nottingham and Calais, 1816–1860
• Luc Rojas, Observer la fabrique de Coventry: Les rubaniers stéphanois à la recherche d’information
• Courtney Wilder, Band Apart: Printing ‘Rainbow’ Designs for Walls and Wardrobes in Alsace and Northern England, 1819–1851

11.00  Coffee Break

11.30  Keynote Address
• Lesley Miller (conservatrice en chef des collections mode et textiles au Victoria & Albert Museum, Londres), Lyon in London: Seduction by Silk at the End of the Seven Years War

12.30  Lunch

14.00  Entente cordiale ? Aesthetic and Economic Circulations of Embroidery
• Tabitha Baker, From Lyon and Paris to London: Commercial Networks within the French Embroidery Trade and the Role of the English Gentleman Consumer, 1748–1785
• Isa Fleischman-Heck, Manly French Style Versus Feminine English Taste: Pictorial Embroideries in France and England at the End of the 18th Century

15.00  Coffee Break

15.15  Competing for Cotton
• Jessica Barker, Toile de Jouy / Cloth of England: Copperplate Textile Printing in England and France, 1752–1820
• Ariane Fennetaux, Franco-British Cotton Rivalries: Empire, Trade, and Technology in the 18th Century

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9.30  Welcome and Coffee

9.50  Opening Remarks by Rose-Marie Mousseaux (Directrice du Musée Cognacq-Jay)

10.00  Business Means Business: Fashion Trades and Commercial Strategies
• Pierre-Henri Biger, Eventails et éventaillistes entre la France et l’Angleterre aux XVIII et XIXe siècles
• Audrey Millet, Protéger les dessins textiles: L’invention de la propriété industrielle comme négation du processus créatif, une compétition France-Angleterre (XVIIe–XIXe siècles)
• Véronique Pouillard and Waleria Dorogova, Couture Limited: The Short Lived Britanisation of French Fashion

11.30  Coffee Break

12.00  Keynote Address
• Zara Anishanslin (University of Delaware), An English and Even a Female Hand: Anna Maria Garthwaite, Anglo-French Rivalry, and the Gendered Politics of Flowered Silk

13.00  Lunch

14.30  Embodying Fashion Rivalries
• Elise Urbain Ruano, Une figure pré-romantique? La duchesse d’Orléans et la mode anglaise à la veille de la Révolution française
• César Imbert, Une garde-robe au service de l’Empire: l’influence vestimentaire d’Eugénie en Angleterre
• Matthew Keagle, More than Red and White: Franco-British Reform and Military Dress in the Late Ancien Régime

16.30  Guided Tour of the Cognacq-Jay Collections with Director Rose-Marie Mousseaux








Exhibition | Exchanging Gazes: Between China and Europe

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on October 7, 2017

Chinese Ladies Playing a Board Game, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736–1795), 2nd half of the 18th century, watercolour and opaque watercolour on silk (Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg)

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Press release from the Berlin State Museums:

Exchanging Gazes: Between China and Europe, 1669–1907
Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 29 September 2017 — 7 January 2018

China and Europe are linked by a long tradition of reciprocal cultural exchange. These transactions were particularly intensive during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), which is regarded as one of the key phases of Chinese cultural and political history. Exquisite gifts were exchanged. European envoys attempted to establish official trade relations with China. But their efforts were in vain, as the Chinese established trade barriers, with the exception of the port of Canton—although they were very much interested in European science, art, and culture.

The exhibition illustrates the richly varied nature of this mutual fascination in objects ranging in date between 1669 and 1907. Many of the almost one hundred pieces could be classified as Chinoiserie or so-called Europerie: they provide us with information about early modern European images of China and also allow us to trace the predominant images of Europe in China. Highlights of the exhibition include impressive paintings, exquisite porcelain objects, a door from a wood-paneled room, as well as large-format photographs and copper engravings. The photographs and engravings show the ‘European palaces’ which Emperor Qianlong, who reigned from 1736 to 1795, had built in one of his parks. Today, only their ruins exist: British and French troops burned down the palaces and destroyed the extensive gardens during their 1860 Chinese campaign. Surprisingly, however, in this way they created a visual subject that was much-loved by European photographers after 1870.

Until now, the reciprocity—and sheer variety—of cultural exchange between China and Europe has hardly been appreciated or shown in an exhibition setting. The chosen objects offer impressive testimony to a long- lived and mutual interest between the two cultures. In addition, they can help us understand how Europe’s conception of China and China’s conception of Europe changed over the course of 250 years.

Particularly in the 18th century, it was not only Europe looking to China’s art production but also China looking to that of Europe. The fact that these exchanging gazes are to be taken quite literally and that they were cast back and forth now and again is demonstrated by the Chinese production of porcelain: around 1700, European missionaries living at the imperial court contributed to the development of the so-called foreign colours (yangcai). The chinaware that was subsequently decorated with the new shades of red and pink (famille rose) became so popular that it developed into an export hit and hence also had a lasting impact on European dining culture.

An exported plate, which was produced in China and shows two pilgrims on their way to Cythera, the island of love, allows the term ‘exchange of gazes’ to be connected more closely to the 18th century. In the European love discourse of that time, this term is connected with the concept of the love of souls. This type of love enables an encounter between lovers at eye level; yet it also involves the danger of unilateral self-reflection. Certainly this metaphor of love cannot be transferred unmitigatedly to the cooperation of cultures. Nevertheless, it points at two contradictory foundations of cultural exchange: such an exchange is only possible if, apart from differences, common features are recognized, for instance in the characteristics of systems of rule or in courtly cultures. At the same time, ‘exchange of gazes’ can allude to the fact that it is first and foremost one’s own self-interest that is respected in these constellations.

Due to political and economic changes, China and Europe had to repeatedly reconsider themselves, which means they had to come to a kind of self-understanding as well as set themselves in relation to each other. This becomes particularly evident when looking at objects called Chinoiseries, as they reflect the European image of China prevalent throughout the 18th century. Chinoiseries can be juxtaposed with the so-called Europeries, which were produced in China and give insight into the Chinese image of Europe. In order to present the foreign as alien, it had to be at least partially adapted to the familiar, which is why the objects exhibited here can be aesthetically classed in-between China and Europe. Many objects can additionally be found ‘between’ China and Europe because they circulated as export goods, diplomatic gifts or as possessions acquired abroad, all in order to develop an altered effect in their respective new repositories. It is furthermore evident that motifs and techniques migrated not only between these cultures but also between genres and materials. Prints, for example, became built architecture and vice versa. The exhibition, moreover, offers the rare occasion to simultaneously view Chinoseries and Europeries, which are usually stored in different collections. This therefore allows the gaze to wander back and forth and, in so doing, to comprehend that China and Europe share a common history.

Even though there are hardly definite dates that mark the history of exchange between China and Europe, the years in the exhibition’s title indicate two important stages in the European production of images of China. In 1669, Johan Nieuhof’s travelogue was published. Nieuhof had joined the first Dutch delegation of the United East India Company travelling to China in order to intensify the trade relationship with the empire that increasingly isolated itself—a venture which failed. From a historic point of view, the journey’s true success was Nieuhof’s richly illustrated travelogue that was published in large numbers and became one of the most important sources for European knowledge about China.

1907, on the other hand, marks the creation of four architectural photographs by Ernst Boerschmann, who travelled China as an architectural historian and re-established Western knowledge on Chinese architecture. This had become possible only because the major European powers had gradually forced the opening of China beginning in the second half of the 19th century. The objects exhibited here render not only the changing relationship between China and Europe from the late 17th to the early 20th century comprehensible—how and why it shifted in the direction of colonial policy—but also the traditional tendencies which persisted through these changes. Boerschmann, for instance, perpetuated the myth that porcelain was used as construction material, even though this was not his personal view.

A special exhibition of the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, in cooperation with the Max Planck Research Group ‘Objects in the Contact Zone: The Cross-Cultural Lives of Things’ at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence – Max Planck Institute.

Curatorial concept: Professor Dr. Matthias Weiß

From Michael Imhof Verlag:

Matthias Weiß, Eva-Maria Troelenberg, and Joachim Brand, eds., Wechselblicke: Zwischen China und Europa 1669–1907 / Exchanging Gazes: Between China and Europe 1669–1907 (Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2017), 352 pages, ISBN: 9783731905738, $70.









Conference | Landscape Now

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 7, 2017

From the Paul Mellon Centre:

Landscape Now
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 30 November – 1 December 2017

Spreading Oak with Seated Figure, Unknown (British) 1850s (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Hans P. Kraus Jr., 2007).

The pictorial representation of the landscape has long played an important role in the history of British art. It has been central to writers from Gilpin and Ruskin onwards, and was the subject of sustained scholarly attention in the 1980s and 1990s with the emergence of a social history of art. Writers such as John Barrell, Anne Bermingham, Stephen Daniels, Christiana Payne, Michael Rosenthal and David Solkin not only helped transform interpretations of British landscape painting, but made the study of such imagery seem essential to a proper understanding of British art itself.

Over the past two decades the centre of gravity of British art studies has shifted. An imperial turn has characterized some of the most ambitious scholarship in the field; a raft of powerful new voices have shifted attention to the Victorian and modern periods, and to the imagery of urban life; and there has been a dramatic growth of interest in such topics as print culture, exhibition culture, and the material culture of the work of art. With these developments, existing approaches to the study of landscape pictures lost some of their urgency and relevance.

However, this same period has seen the growth of a broader interest in landscape images in adjacent disciplines, driven in part by political and environmental imperatives. A newly energised category of ‘nature writing’, associated with authors such as Robert Mcfarlane and Helen MacDonald, has gained widespread currency beyond the purely academic arena. Cultural geographers such as David Matless and film-makers such as Patrick Keillor have offered nuanced investigations of the British landscape in their work, asking us to think afresh about its relationship to national identity, memory and post-imperial decline. And while many scholars in the humanities, in an age of globalisation and deepening ecological concern, have felt compelled to think about landscape on a vastly expanded basis, others have been driven to offer a new and suggestive focus on the local.

The moment thus seems ripe for a major art-historical reassessment of the image of the British landscape, taking account these and other emergent concerns. This international conference, the third in an annual series organised collaboratively by the Paul Mellon Centre, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, is designed to offer an opportunity for such a reassessment.

£20 Concession Rate (students and 60+) for 30 Nov and 1 Dec (ID is required on the day). £35 Standard Rate for 30 Nov and 1 Dec. NB: We are not selling tickets to individual days.

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9.30  Registration

10.00  Introduction and Welcome – Mark Hallett (Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre), Amy Meyers (Director, Yale Center for British Art), and Steven Hindle (W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research, The Huntington Library)

10.30  Panel 1 | Local Landscapes
Chaired by Martin Postle (Deputy Director for Grants & Publications, Paul Mellon Centre)
• Anna Reid (PhD candidate, University of Northumbria), ‘The Nest of Wild Stones: Paul Nash’s Geological Realism’
• Anna Falcini (Associate Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice, Bath Spa University; Ph.D. Candidate in Fine Art Practice, University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury), ‘Re-illuminating the Landscape of the Hoo Peninsula through the Media of Film (the Porousness of Past & Present)’

11.30  Coffee Break

12.00  Panel 2 | Colonial Landscapes
Chaired by Sarah Victoria Turner (Deputy Director for Research, Paul Mellon Centre)
• Julia Lum (Doctoral Candidate, History of Art, Yale University), ‘Fire-stick Picturesque: Colonial Landscape Art in Tasmania’
• Rosie Ibbotson (Lecturer in Art History and Theory, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha University of Canterbury, New Zealand), ‘The Image in the Imperial Anthropocene: Landscape Aesthetics and Environmental Violence in Colonial Aotearoa New Zealand’

13.00  Lunch at the Paul Mellon Centre

14.30  Panel 3 | Liquid Landscapes
Chaired by Steve Hindle (The Huntington Library)
• Stephen Daniels (Professor Emertitus of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham), ‘Liquid Landscape’
• Kelly Presutti (Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks), ‘Strategic Seascapes: John Thomas Serres and the Royal Navy’
• Gill Perry (Emeritus Professor of Art History, The Open University), ‘Landscaping Islands in Contemporary British Art: Floating Identities and Changing Climates’

16.00  Tea Break

16.30  Panel 4 | Landscape and the Anthropocene
Chaired by Martin Myrone (Lead Curator, British Art to 1800, Tate Britain)
• David Matless (Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham), ‘The Anthroposcenic: Landscape Imagery in Erosion Time’
• Mark A. Cheetham (Professor of art history, University of Toronto), ‘Outside In: Reflections of British Landscape in the Long Anthropocene’

17.30  Drinks Reception at the Paul Mellon Centre

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10.00  Keynote Lecture
Chaired by Mark Hallett (Paul Mellon Centre)
• Tim Barringer (Chair and Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University), ‘Thomas Cole and the White Atlantic’

11.30  Coffee Break

12.00  Panel 5 | Anglo-American Landscapes
Chaired by Scott Wilcox (Deputy Director for Collections, Yale Center for British Art)
• Matthew Hunter (Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Communication Studies McGill University), ‘Drawing By Numbers: Anglo-American Landscape and the Actuarial Imagination’
• Julia Sienkewicz (Assistant Professor of Art History, Roanoke College in Salem), ‘On Place and Displacement: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Immigrant Landscape’

13.00  Lunch at the Paul Mellon Centre

14.15  Panel 6 | Re-Making Landscapes
Chaired by Hammad Nasar (Senior Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre)
• Val Williams (Professor of the History and Culture of Photography and Director of Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), University of the Arts London, London College of Communication) and Corinne Silva (Research Fellow, PARC, University of the Arts London, London College of Communication), ‘The Re-making of the English Landscape: In the Footsteps of W.G. Hoskins and F.L. Attenborough’
• Terry Perk (Interim Director of Research, Students, Associate Head of School of Fine Art and Photography, and Reader in Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts) and Julian Rowe (MA, visual artist), ‘Mapping the Apocalypse: Jonah Shepherd and the Kentish Landscape’

13.15  Break

15.30  Panel 7 | Exhibiting Landscape
Chaired by Martina Droth (Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art)
• Gregory Smith (Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre), The ‘Connoisseur’s Panorama’: Thomas Girtin’s Eidometroplis and a New Iconography for the City’
• Nick Alfrey (Honorary Research Associate, Department of History of Art, University of Nottingham), ‘1973 and the Future of Landscape’

16.30  Tea Break

17.00  Panel 8 | Landscape Now?
• Mark Hallett (Paul Mellon Centre) Tim Barringer (Yale University)
• Sarah Monks (Lecturer in Art History, Director of Admissions for School of Art, Media and American Studies, University of East Anglia)
• Alexandra Harris (Professorial Fellow, Department of English, University of Birmingham)
• Amy Concannon (Assistant Curator, British Art, 1790-1850, Tate Britain and Doctoral Candidate, University of Nottingham)





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