Mary Beard to Deliver Gifford Lectures, 2018–19

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on April 12, 2019

From The University of Edinburgh:

Mary Beard, The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics
Sypert Concert Room, St Cecilia’s Hall, The University of Edinburgh, May 2019

This lecture series explores why the classical world still matters and what ethical dilemmas the study of classics raises (and has always raised). Taking six particular themes, it hopes to shows how antiquity can continue to challenge the moral certainties of modernity. The lectures will be recorded and links will be posted in the respective pages of each lecture. All lectures begin at 5.30pm.

1  Introduction: Murderous Games
Monday, 6 May

2  Whiteness
Tuesday, 7 May

3  Lucretia and the Politics of Sexual Violence
Thursday, 9 May

4  Us and Them
Monday, 27 May

5  Tyranny and Democracy
Tuesday, 28 May

6  Classical Civilisation?
Thursday, 30 May

Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known classicists, Professor at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College. She has written numerous books on the ancient world including the Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town; has presented highly-acclaimed TV series, Meet the Romans and Rome: Empire without Limit; and is a regular broadcaster and media commentator. Mary is one of the presenters for the BBC’s recent landmark Civilisations series. Mary is also classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement and writes a thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life. Made an OBE in 2013 for services to classical scholarship, her latest books include the critically-acclaimed SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome and thought-provoking Women & Power: A Manifesto. Most recently Mary was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2018.

The prestigious Gifford Lectureships were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887), a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland. The purpose of Lord Gifford’s bequest to the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Aberdeen was to sponsor lectures to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term—in other words, the knowledge of God.” Since the first lecture in 1888, Gifford Lecturers have been recognized as pre-eminent thinkers in their respective fields. Among the many gifted lecturers are Hannah Arendt, Noam Chomsky, Stanley Hauerwas, William James, Jean-Luc Marion, Iris Murdoch, Roger Scruton, Eleonore Stump, Charles Taylor, Alfred North Whitehead, and Rowan Williams.

Lecture | Marcia Reed, Engraving China’s Last Golden Age

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on April 10, 2019

From Eventbrite:

Engraving China’s Last Golden Age: Qianlong Emperor’s Copper Plates
John Rylands Library, Manchester, 16 May 2019

The recent discovery of a complete set of 圆明园西洋楼铜版画 (engravings of European Palaces in Yuan Ming Yuan) at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, and the presence of a complete set of 乾隆西征铜版画 (engravings of The Qianlong Emperor’s Western Campaigns) at the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, makes Britain home to two of the most unusual and rare sets of engravings ever made. This is a most significant find, not just for Britain but also—and more importantly—for the study of 18th-century China, its engagement with Europe, and Anglo-Chinese relations in the 19th century and in the future. This discovery also presents challenges, as the two sets need considerable conservation and research.

This public event will digitally showcase some of the known complete sets, and—conservation work permitting—will also physically display the Manchester set, which uniquely contains a hand coloured plate.

Keynote: Marcia Reed (Chief Curator at the Getty Research Institute), followed by a Q&A discussion hosted by Professor Yangwen Zheng (University of Manchester). Thursday, 16 May 2019, 11:45am.

Lecture | Adrian Seville on Georgian Board Games

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on April 1, 2019

From the Society of Antiquaries of London:

Adrian Seville, The Shows and Sights of Georgian London: A Board Game Tour of the Metropolis
Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, 7 May 2019

Printed board games—race games, played with dice or a teetotum and offering no choice of move—are a well-recognised feature of Victorian childhood. Yet similar games were also significant in late Georgian England. Of such games printed from 1790 to 1830, over 100 different examples have survived, covering a wide range of cultural themes. The presentation will highlight a group of these games, all with themes relevant to the shows and sights of Georgian London.

A short introduction will trace the history of spiral race games in England, beginning with John Wolfe’s registration of the Game of the Goose at Stationers’ Hall in 1596 up to the publication by John Wallis and Elizabeth Newbery of the New Game of Human Life in 1790, shamelessly copied from the French original, but with variations to suit the English market.

Of the games then to be presented in detail, the earliest is concerned with the first English pantomime, Harlequin and Mother Goose: or, The Golden Egg, first performed in 1806. The others, with dates from 1809 to 1825, each propose a ‘virtual’ sight-seeing tour of London. All these games present finely-detailed hand-coloured engravings of their shows and sights, the choice of subjects indicating the main public attractions of the time. Their rules often hint at how the various attractions were regarded in the affluent society in which these expensive games circulated. And several of the games have booklets giving detailed descriptions and observations, not commonly found elsewhere. Somteimes, as in the games published by the Dartons, a Quaker family, these booklets contain strongly-expressed moral views on such controversial matters as war, colonial exploitation, and wealth: all are the subject of polemics aimed at a junior audience.

This lecture will demonstrate how these simple games, played in the nursery or at the fireside, serve as mirrors of the real world outside, so contributing to the understanding of cultural history in late Georgian England.

Lecture | Robin Myers on Andrew and James Ducarel

Posted in books, lectures (to attend) by Editor on March 31, 2019

From Eventbrite:

Robin Myers, Dr Andrew Ducarel, Lambeth Librarian 1757–85, Seen through His Brother’s Eyes
Lambeth Palace, London, 8 May 2019

Andrew Ducarel (1713–1785), the eldest of three Huguenot brothers, was a successful ecclesiastical lawyer, Librarian at Lambeth, historian of the palaces of Lambeth and Croydon and of the architecture of Normandy. In Robin Myers’s new book The Two Brothers, it is Andrew’s younger brother James who takes centre stage, writing letters to Andrew in London about his life in France. Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 6pm (admittance not before 5.30pm). Guests should arrive via the main Gatehouse of Lambeth Palace. For any queries, please email melissa.harrison@churchofengland.org.

Robin Myers is a Past President of the Bibliographical Society and Archivist Emeritus of the Worshipful Company of Stationers. Her principal research interests are the history of the Company and its archive, on which she has published widely. She has also worked on Andrew Ducarel for more than twenty years. Her edition, with Gerard de Lisle, of Two Huguenot Brothers: Letters of Andrew and James Coltee Ducarel (1732–1773) has recently been published by Bernard Quaritch.

Lecture | Kevin Salatino, Chasing Casanova

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on March 25, 2019

Next month at BGC:

Kevin Salatino, Chasing Casanova: Venice and the Grand Tour
Bard Graduate Center, New York, 3 April 2019

Kevin Salatino will speak at the Seminar in Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture on Wednesday, April 3, at 6pm. His talk is entitled “Chasing Casanova: Venice and the Grand Tour.”

The Grand Tour was both finishing school and rite of passage for the British (male) aristocrat. As Samuel Johnson noted, “a man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.” While Rome was “the great object,” Venice was an essential stop on the way. The floating city’s wondrous novelty, its reputation for license and luxury, and its much-touted devotion to liberty were compelling attractions for the Grand Tourist. Famous for its courtesans, its masked revelers, its mystery and secrecy, its appeal inevitably swung toward the sensual and the sexual. This talk addresses the British Grand Tourist’s experience of eighteenth-century Venice in the context of the erotic, through a close examination of that city’s art, as well as texts and cultural artifacts from both sides, Venetian and British.

Kevin Salatino is Chair and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was previously Director of the Art Collections at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California; Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine; Curator and Head of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Curator of Graphic Arts at the Getty Research Institute. Salatino holds a BA from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Among his publications are Incendiary Art: The Representation of Fireworks in Early Modern Europe (a revised French edition of which was recently published); Edward Hopper’s Maine; and Blue Boy and Company: European Art at The Huntington. He has published on artists as diverse as Henry Fuseli, Jacques-Louis David, Francisco Goya, Richard Pousette-Dart, and James Ensor, and has lectured extensively on subjects ranging from fireworks to the Grand Tour. Most recently, he curated the Art Institute exhibitions, Shockingly Mad: Henry Fuseli and the Art of Drawing; Gods and Superheroes: Drawing in an Age of Revolution; and Into the Void: Prints of Lee Bontecou.

Lecture | Caroline Winterer, Was There an American Enlightenment?

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on March 21, 2019

Thomas Rowlandson, after George Moutard Woodward, John Bull Making Observations on the Comet (detail), hand-colored etching, published by Thomas Tegg, 10 November 1807 (Farmington: Lewis Walpole Library). More information is available here.

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From the Lewis Walpole Library:

Caroline Winterer, Was There an American Enlightenment?
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 4 April 2019

The 24th Lewis Walpole Library Lecture will be delivered by Caroline Winterer, Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities and Director, Stanford Humanities Center, on Thursday, April 4, beginning at 5:30 pm in the Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall.

The American Enlightenment is often viewed as a singular era bursting with new ideas as the U.S. sought to assert itself in a new republic free of the British monarchy. In this talk, Stanford historian Caroline Winterer shows how the myth and romanticization of an American Enlightenment was invented during the Cold War to calm fears of totalitarianism overseas. She’ll then look behind the 20th-century mythology, rescuing a ‘real’ eighteenth-century American Enlightenment that is far different than the one we usually imagine.

Caroline Winterer is Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. She is an American historian, with special expertise in American thought and culture. Her most recent book is American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (2016). Winterer’s other books include The Mirror of Antiquity: American Women and the Classical Tradition, 1750–1900 (2007) and The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780–1910 (2002).

Lecture | Charles Peterson on Africana Identity in Curatorial Spaces

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on March 12, 2019

From the Bard Graduate Center:

Charles F. Peterson, The Colored Museum: Notes on Africana Identity, Power, and Culture in Curatorial Spaces
Bard Graduate Center, New York, 9 April 2019

Charles F. Peterson will present at the Museum Conversations Seminar on Tuesday, April 9, at 6 pm. His talk is entitled “The Colored Museum: Notes on Africana Identity, Power, and Culture in Curatorial Spaces.” Peterson will examine the use of the museum space in the 2018 film Black Panther (Dir. Ryan Coogler), the 2018 documentary on author Toni Morrison’s 2006 curation in The Louvre, The Foreigner’s Home (Dirs. Rian Brown, Jonathan Demme, and Geoff Pingree), and that same year’s music video release by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, “Apeshit.” These performances will be read as (African) Diasporic and intertextual interventions in hegemonic curatorial spaces, revealing the seen and unseen, hidden and obvious messages of identity, power, and culture therein.

Charles F. Peterson, a native of Gary, Indiana, earned a BA in Philosophy from Morehouse College (1992). He earned his MA and PhD in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture from Binghamton University (1995, 2000). He has taught at Florida International University, Temple University, and The College of Wooster, and is presently Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Oberlin College. He is a co-editor of De-Colonizing the Academy: African Diaspora Studies (African World Press, 2003), and author of DuBois, Fanon, Cabral: The Margins of Elite Anti-Colonial Leadership (Lexington Books, 2007). He has published in the fields of Africana Philosophy, Africana Political Theory, and Aesthetics. He teaches courses in Africana Philosophy, Africana American Politics, Black Nationalism, and Marxism.

The Wallace’s History of Collecting Seminars, 2019

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on February 15, 2019

From The Wallace Collection:

History of Collecting Seminars
The Wallace Collection, London, 2019

The History of Collecting seminar series was established as part of the Wallace Collection’s commitment to the research and study of the history of collections and collecting, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Paris and London. The seminars are free, no bookings required. To join the History of Collecting mailing list and receive updates on the future programme, please email your interest to collection@wallacecollection.org.

Monday, 25 February
Naomi Speakman (Curator of Late Medieval Europe, The British Museum), ‘Rich Treasures of Ivory Carvings’: Francis Douce’s Network, Medieval Ivories, and the Doucean Museum

Monday, 25 March
Esmée Quodbach (Assistant Director and Editor-in-Chief, Center for the History of Collecting), The Frick Collection), The Case of Leo Nardus (1868–1955): Reconstructing the Remarkable Career of a Major Yet Forgotten Dealer in Old Masters

Monday, 29 April
Giuseppe Rizzo (PhD candidate, Rupert-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany), The Formation of Renaissance Taste in Early Victorian Britain: The Second Duke and Duchess of Sutherland as Collectors of Florentine Copies

Monday, 20 May
Emily Teo (PhD candidate, University of Kent and Free University of Berlin), Gotha’s Chinese Cabinet: Duke August’s Collection of East Asian Objects

Monday, 1 July (Please note the unusual date)
Frances Fowle (Professor of Nineteenth-Century Art, University of Edinburgh and Senior Curator of French Art, National Gallery of Scotland), A Woman of Taste: Mrs R. A. Workman’s Collection of Modern French Painting

Monday, 29 July
Kate Heard (Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust), ‘The Great Joss and His Playthings’: George IV as a Print Collector

Monday, 30 September
Isabelle Kent (Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection), ‘The Aura of Popularity’: The Rise and Fall of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in the Nineteenth-Century British Art Market

Monday, 28 October
Moya Carey (Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin) and Mercedes Volait (research professor at CNRS, based at InVisu, INHA, Paris), Architectural Salvage from Cairo to London: The Pivotal Role of the Paris Exhibitions of 1867 and 1878

Monday, 25 November
Barbara Lasic (Lecturer in History of Art and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes, University of Buckingham), A ‘Fauve de la Curiosité’: The Hybrid Career of Edouard Jonas (1883–1961), Dealer and Curator

Display | Spotlight on Boilly

Posted in exhibitions, lectures (to attend) by Editor on February 14, 2019

Louis-Léopold Boilly, Les Malheurs de l’amour (The Sorrows of Love), 1790
(London: The Wallace Collection)

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Opening this month at The Wallace:

Spotlight on Boilly
The Wallace Collection, London, 29 January — 19 May 2019

Curated by Yuriko Jackall

Over the course of his varied artistic career, Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761—1845) witnessed the overthrow of the French monarchy, the revolutionary period, and the rise of Napoleon. Of the fifteen paintings once owned by Sir Richard Wallace, three remain at the Wallace Collection, depicting detailed and humorous scenes of domestic life amongst the Parisian bourgeoisie. Thanks to the generosity of Étienne Bréton and Pascal Zuber, authors of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Boilly’s oeuvre, the three paintings have undergone extensive restoration and will be welcomed back to the museum with a special display showcasing the renewed vibrancy of their finely jewelled colours and celebrating Boilly’s genius as a chronicler of French society.

Francesca Whitlum-Cooper, From Boudoir to Boulevard: The Revolutionary Art of Boilly
The Wallace Collection, London, 22 February 2019, 18:30

Louis-Léopold Boilly, The Dead Mouse, 1780s or 1790s (London: The Wallace Collection).

Louis-Leopold Boilly lived in extremely turbulent times. Yet, he did not merely survive this violent period: he thrived, painting the faces and places of modern Paris with humour, innovation, and startling modernity. On the eve of the UK’s first exhibition devoted to Boilly at the National Gallery—Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life, curated Francesca Whitlum-Cooper— and to celebrate the recent conservation of the Wallace Collection’s three Boillys, this lecture by Dr Whitlum-Cooper will introduce Boilly to the public, suggesting that, half a century before the Impressionists, he was one of the first ‘painters of modern life’. The lecture will be prefaced by a brief conversation between Dr Whitlum-Cooper and the Wallace Collection’s Curator of French Paintings, Dr Yuriko Jackall, tracing Boilly’s critical fortunes in the present day. The talk will be followed by a wine reception and book signing with Dr Whitlum-Cooper of her new exhibition catalogue. Booking information is available here.

In addition, Yuriko Jackall will give a talk about the display on 21 February and 27 February, at 13:00.

The third painting by Boilly in the Wallace Collection is The Visit Returned, ca. 1789.

Lecture | Sally Jeffery on Nicholas Hawksmoor at Castle Howard

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on February 6, 2019

This talk by Sally Jeffery is part of The Gardens Trust’s Winter Lecture Season:

Sally Jeffery, Nicholas Hawksmoor and Castle Howard Gardens
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, 6 March 2019

Architectural and garden historian Dr Sally Jeffery will discuss her recent research on Hawksmoor’s designs for Wray Wood, Castle Howard. Among documents formerly at Wilton House are four sketches for streams and rockwork attributed to Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661–1736) that have recently been identified as projects for the garden in Wray Wood, Castle Howard. This naturalistic woodland garden was much admired by early visitors, who commented on its innovative features, including a cave, an artificial stream with cascades and rockwork, and much classical sculpture inspired by Ovid. Little now survives, but using these drawings and other records, a picture of the garden can be constructed, and Hawksmoor’s role in the design can be better appreciated. Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 18:00.