events

Queering the museum, 30th March 2017, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Museum creative community workshop
“Throughout 2017, queer culture is taking pride of place in British museums to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Numerous exhibitions and collection reinterpretation projects are planned to celebrate queer legacies and make visible queer narratives. In this seminar, curator Claire Mead discusses how we can curate queer art without confining a range of creative practices to a single label or reducing it to a tick box on a diversity list, and instead ensure a lasting representation of queer culture within museums.”

Explore the Limits of Language in the Utopia Treasury, 2nd July 2016, Somerset House
Exhibition ‘Confusion of Tongues’ with Utopia 2016 Festival- Public Programmes
“Join us for a book art workshop and spoken word performance by Rachel Long about the works in Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language. “

Politics over the Public: The Role of Museums, 23rd June 2016, Courtauld Institute
MA Curating museum debate
“Should state-funded art museums be neutral spaces for political debate? Museums are widely considered to hold public trust: does the display of overtly political art run the risk of jeopardising the neutrality required for them to remain unbiased? In recent years, the closing down of exhibitions due to controversial content has attracted media attention and public outcry. This debate brings together artists and museum professionals from across the United Kingdom, to discuss these issues. In what situation is the museum a productive site for the making and display of political art? Does the museum decontextualise or fetishise politically-charged works or does it add force to the artist’s voice? From the perspective of the public museum, how political is too political; Where, if at all, is a line to be drawn?”
Chair: Dr Anna Marazuela Kim, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow
Speakers:
Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Dr Wendy Earle, Birkbeck University
Peter Kennard, Artist

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Pavel Büchler: One Hundred and Twenty-Four Pieces of American Maple in a Box of Irish Oak, 22nd June 2016, Research Forum, Courtauld Institute 
Exhibition ‘Confusion of Tongues’ – Public Programmes
“What are the limits of language? Artist Pavel Büchler will consider this question through his artistic practice and in relation to the themes in the exhibition Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language. Be sure to view the exhibition in The Courtauld Gallery to see his three works, “American Irish,” “Nothing More” and a selection from the series “How to Find a Way in the Dark?” Büchler is an artist, writer and Research Professor in Art and the Manchester School of Art. He describes his practice as “making nothing happen,” revealing the strange within the obvious through his exploration of language and its materiality. His talk will address the limitless potential of language confronted to its material limits in terms of technology and representation.”

In Whose Interest?, 21st April 2016, Courtauld Institute
MA Curating museum debate
“As the boundaries between public and private in the art museum become increasingly blurred, this debate asks what is to be gained – and what might be lost or threatened– in the process. Private collectors across the globe are opening their doors to a wider audience, assuming a similar role to the public art museum. Meanwhile, museums are establishing ever closer dialogues with collectors, and bringing private collections into their temporary exhibition programmes. As government funding for public museums diminishes, sponsorship becomes increasingly difficult to secure and art market prices push works beyond the reach of public acquisition budgets, is this development inevitable, and welcome? In this coincidence of public and private interests and aims, what are the motivations on each side? What can each learn from the other? And whose interests are being served?”
Chair: Louisa Buck, The Art Newspaper
Speakers:
Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas, collector
Julia Peyton-Jones, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery
Gregor Muir, director of the ICA
Kirstie Hamilton, Head of Exhibitions and Displays at Museums Sheffield

Artificial Realities  – (Un)Real: A Panel Discussion, 10th February 2016, Courtauld Institute
Chair for panel discussion
“Join us for an open discussion with artists Chris Kenny, Alan Chandler, Paul Hawdon, Megan Geckler and Anastasia Brozler. Inspired by the works exhibited by these artists in Artifical Realities, we will be discussing the notions and parameters of what is real and what is unreal in realtion the artists’ works and practices. The panel will be chaired by one of the organisers of this year’s East Wing Biennial. This event is part of our ongoing series of artists’ talks, in relation to our current exhibition Artificial Realities. The exhibition aims to expose and challenge established realities through highlighting dynamic relationships between the real and the virtual. Building on these themes, the talk series aims to unearth established realities and the unrealities within the artists work, creating an effective dialogue between artist and viewer. How does one’s own perception of the artwork influence relationships of the real and virtual?”

 

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