Thursday 4 November 2010

Up-coming lecture at the National Galleries - November 2010

  Up-Coming Lectures & Study Days - National Galleries of Scotland
Highlights - November 2010
Thu 18 November, 1.30-7.30pm (registration 1.30-2pm; private view and wine reception at The Queen's Gallery, 6-7.30pm). £20 (£15). Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex
The Golden Age of Dutch Landscape Painting
An afternoon study day exploring Dutch landscapes from the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal Collection, including a focus on works by Ruisdael, Cuyp and Hobbema. Speakers include Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, Tico Seifert, Senior Curator at the National Gallery and Peter Black, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Art at the Hunterian Art Gallery. Following an afternoon of talks, participants are invited to a private view of Dutch Landscapes at The Queen's Gallery from 6-7.30pm.
Thu 11 November, 6-7.15pm. Free. Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex
The Watson Gordon Lecture - The Hardest Kind of Archetype: Reflections on Roy Lichtenstein by Hal Foster
This year's Watson Gordon lecture welcomes Hal Foster, Townsend Martin Professor of Art at Princeton University Taking In the Car (1963) as a key point of reference, the talk will focus on the play with cliche in his work at large - on the one hand, as a site of critique of the hardening of signs in capitalist culture, on the other, as a site where such signs might be opened up and/or animated again.
Tue 16 November, 6-7.15pm. £6 (£4); Special offer for Students 2-for-1 tickets (concession ticket). Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex
An Introduction to the Art of Gilbert & George - Michael Bracewell
Michael Bracewell, writer, novelist and cultural commentator, has written several catalogue texts and other essays on the art of Gilbert & George, including contributions to the publications for their Venice Biennale 'Ginkgo Pictures' exhibition in 2005 and their Major Exhibition at Tate Modern. He has recently written the texts for the forthcoming catalogue raisonne of The Postcard Art of Gilbert & George, 1972-2009. In this special evening lecture, he will be offering an introduction the art and ideas of the artists.
Tue 23 November, 6-7.30pm. Free. Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex
On Form and Fiction - Steven Campbell's Art in Context
Duncan Macmillan, art historian and critic, delivers the second Steven Campbell Lecture supported by the Steven Campbell Trust and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Mon 8 November, 12.45-1.30pm. Free. Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex
Surrealism: Anger and Revolt - Silvano Levy
Silvano Levy explores the anger felt by the Dadaists in response to the First World War and explains how these intellectual rebels scandalized respectable society. The mockery and tomfoolery of Dada is then shown to evolve into the surrealist revolution of the mind, which drew its inspiration from Freud's Interpretation of Dreams. The wild dreams and obsessions of Dalí, Magritte, Delvaux, Miró and Masson are contrasted with the taunts and insolence of Duchamp, Man Ray and Picabia.
Tue 9 November, 12.45-1.30pm. Free. Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex
The Primacy of Drawing - Deanna Petherbridge
Artist and writer Deanna Petherbridge will introduce some of the ideas central to her book, The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice, published this year by Yale University Press. Intended as much for artists, art students as devotees of drawing, this book examines the role of drawing in contemporary as well as historical practices. She examines the 'economy' of drawing, that is, its materials and techniques and qualities of line and mark and analyses strategies of making, composing, inventing and investigating and critiquing ideas through revealing juxtapositions of historical and contemporary images. A book signing follows the talk.
Mon 29 November, 12.45-1.30pm. Free. Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex
The Body in Question: Surrealist Anatomies - Elizabeth Cowling
In their quest to explore fearlessly what their leader André Breton called the 'forbidden zone' of the human psyche, Surrealist artists sought entirely new ways of representing the human body and thus giving visual form to unleashed human desire. Fantastic anatomies were invented and commonplace objects were endowed with transformative symbolic meaning. Focusing on works included in Another World, art historian Elizabeth Cowling examines these aspects of the Surrealist 'revolution'.
Tue 30 November, 12.45-1.30pm. Free. Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex
On the Thirteenth Stroke of Noon - Professor Michel Remy
British Surrealism has arguably not received the attention that it deserves, even in Britain. Yet it not only produced an astonishing quantity of poems, sculptures and paintings, but was also on a par with the international movement. Professor Michel Remy, University of Nice, France, assesses its main tenets in the field of aesthetics as well as politics.
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Helen Monaghan
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Education Department
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