Online Talk | Janet Couloute on Black Presence in the Wallace Collection

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 16, 2022

From The Wallace Collection:

Janet Couloute, Black Presence in the Wallace Collection
Online, Thursday, 20 October 2022, 13.00 (BST)

Govaert Flinck, A Young Archer, ca. 1639–40, oil on oak panel, 66 × 51 cm (London: The Wallace Collection, P238).

To mark Black History Month in Britain, join Janet Couloute for a virtual African Heritage tour of the Wallace Collection. Spanning 400 years of European art, Dr Couloute will place the presumed peripheral and unimportant black male and female figure centre stage. Through a closer look at how artists have created iconographies of blackness and whiteness, Couloute will illustrate how museums such as the Wallace Collection, through more inclusive and open history telling, can encourage visitors to respond more imaginatively to such iconographies. This talk will be hosted online through Zoom and YouTube. Please click here to register for Zoom.

Janet Couloute is a social work academic and art historian interested in revising and expanding current British art-historical canons. With a particular interest in works that are rarely discussed as visual indexes of ‘race’, she is currently working on a research project entitled Renaissance ‘Whiteness’: Reimaging ‘Race’ through the Prism of Early Modern Portraiture. Dr Couloute has also been a Tate guide for twenty years, and has developed an expertise in encouraging gallery audiences to engage with the histories of the Black presence in Europe.

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