Virtual Careers event (exclusively for the Courtauld), hosted by Christie’s
19 November 2020
‘The Elephant in the Room, at Gourdon in Burgundy | A Live Seminar Online
18 November 2020
‘La double vie de Veronique’ | Screening via Zoom
Courtauld Flim Society x Students' Union
17 November 2020
Dogs of the world unite’: Keith Haring and New York’s queer canine imaginary Live Online Seminar
16 November 2020
Free Yoga Workshop
2 November 2020
Radical Alternatives: Temporal and Spatial Mediations in Contemporary Iranian Art
10 November 2020
Creators in the get-rich economy: An ‘In Conversation’ with Arnaud Esquerre, Prof Sarah Wilson and Harry Woodlock
11 November 2020
Ethiopian Christians in Florence: Filippino Lippi’s Adoration of the Magi and ‘Miracle of St Philip’
12 November 2020
Textual Abstraction Within Transnational Modernism – Part Two | Live Online Seminar
10 November 2020
‘Print Room Open House’| A live online seminar
3 November 2020
After Vienna, 1683: A Portuguese Prophet of Ottoman Doom’ | Live Online Seminar
4 November 2020
Open Courtauld Hour: British – Art, Immigration and Migration | Live Online Seminar
5 November 2020
Textual Abstraction Within Transnational Modernism – Part One | Live Online Seminar
6 November 2020
Zoom Yoga with the Student Union
2 Nov 2020
For an hour on Monday afternoons, amateurs and enthusiasts alike enjoy escaping from academia, albeit briefly, to get out their yoga mats. Although I’ve yet to do so myself, this has proven to be a popular activity amongst those in Duchy House.
These live sessions, as produced by the Student Union, are an excellent opportunity to dedicate time to physical and mental wellbeing. Whether you’re doing it alone, or with others, there is something more significant about being directed by an instructor in the moment. In a laidback session, participants are shown how to do a number of stretches and poses that, whilst their physical impacts are indeed healthy and good for you, can also be amusing when done with friends. With music playing in the background, the online element of the yoga may provide reassurance to some. No longer must you actually go to a gym, nor invest in all the gear.
Within the comfort of your own home, you can lay down a towel and crack on.
In an environment fuelled by art historical conversation, fellow Duchy House resident Laura Harrington told me in an informal interview how “it’s often nice to do something that has nothing to do with history of art.” Laura also added how “the more people there are, the better.” Clearly, this is a sociable and sporting opportunity not to be missed.
So, the next time you’re feeling the pressure after a Foundations lecture, put Zoom Yoga on your afternoon’s to-do list. Its informal structure and guiding tuition could be the best remedy for a stressful day!
The Courtauld Events Editor's Review of last week's Research Forum Events
2 Nov 2020
Writing from the perspective of a BA1 student, it is understandable why attending an event from the Research Forum may not be at the top of your to-do list. Yet, as exemplified by this week’s series of talks, attending these discussions can be incredibly fruitful and need not be castoff.
The week’s events began on Monday with a lecture by Dr Esther Chadwick ('New politics, new methods: James Barry’s printmaking at the time of the American Revolution') who teaches at The Courtauld, specialising in circum-Atlantic visual culture. Through the case study of James Barry’s printmaking, Dr Chadwick examined how we compare the past and the future, juxtaposing political issues of the eighteenth century to how we may think about those of today. Furthermore, questioning how we see history as something progressive and how we situate ourselves within a chronology were topical issues of the talk. Although the subject matter discussed here has not yet been covered by lectures for First Years at The Courtauld, thinking about the wider points made by Dr Chadwick in terms of historical chronologies proved useful. I was particularly interested to see how a BA1 lecture compares to those within a master’s course. Although more complex, it demanded for sophisticated, synoptic thinking that can only aid the studies of undergraduates.
Of more relevance to the BA1 course was Mikael Muehlbauer’s talk, ‘A Rock-Hewn Revolution in Early Medieval Ethiopia.’ A specialist in architecture of Medieval Ethiopia, Mr Muehlbauer thoroughly presented the ways in which Ethiopia entered a ‘dark age’ after the Aksum Empire collapsed around the year 1000. The rock-cut churches that represent Ethiopia as an up-and-coming trading power contrasted to the western religious architecture that we have examined in our Foundation lectures. Although produced at roughly similar time periods, decorative styles contrasted heavily and it was insightful to discover what other art and architecture was being made at the time of our selected study material. Dr Tom Nickson, who delivered our lectures, and who chaired this research seminar, asked a very thought-provoking question to Mikael at the end, namely, what these Ethiopian churches smelt like. Personally, it is enquiries like these that bring art history to life, as ultimately our experience of objects is critical to understanding them fully.
Lastly, and in stark distinction to the previous lectures, was ‘Addressing Images,’ a talk given by Nadya Wang on Toton Januar’s SS19 runway collection presented during Jakarta Fashion Week. Elements from both traditional and modern culture are combined in Januar’s designs, as textile and pattern, amongst other themes, are considered. Nadya explained how the formation of a brand identify compelled domestic and international consumers alike, and how production has been altered to produce clothing in a more environmentally friendly way. Having been looking mainly at art (in the traditional sense of painting and sculpture) from hundreds of years ago, it was incredibly refreshing to examine contemporary forms of culture. Visually analysing these pieces, however, is equally as fruitful and serves as good practice for anyone wishing to improve their skills within art history.
Overall, these three events served as excellent ‘wider reading.’ Looking beyond what students are offered during lectures is helpful, even if it is just practice for asking an intelligent question at the end. So, next week, try and find time to attend these, and think perhaps, as Dr Nickson did, what it would be like to experience the work examined, especially now in an increasingly digital format!