Art History in the Pub

Art History in the Pub is a series of talks that take place on the last Monday of each month. Informal, but informing. They are free, entertaining, and open to all.

Art History in the Pub reflects the AAH's commitment to bringing interesting, cutting-edge art-historical research to a wider, public community.

It's FREE, no booking required, but donations welcome. Talks take place at 7.30pm on the last Monday of the Month at The Monarch, Camden, London.

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Next Event:

28 July, 7.30pm, Ben Street, "What A Jolly Boring Thing To Do": Art in Pop Music, 1967 - 2014
Details to follow

“He’ll think about paint and he’ll think about glue / What a jolly boring thing to do” (David Bowie, ‘Andy Warhol’, 1971)

This is an inverted history of art from the 1960s to today. This is the story of how pop music turned the tables on art, absorbing and refashioning it just as art had done to pop in the late 1950s. This is about the particular way art is translated into a new medium, and how that translation changes it. The history of art in pop music is a parallel cultural history: it’s art history through the other end of the telescope. It’s the history of art’s changing public meaning.

We travel from pop music’s avant-garde high water mark in the late 1960s, through the influence of art education on the emergence of new forms of music in the mid-70s. We take a brief look at the history of art on record sleeves and its appearance as talismans of wealth in recent hip hop. Featured artists include Bryan Ferry, Martin Kippenberger, Rihanna, David Bowie, James Turrell, Gerhard Richter and Jay-Z.

Ben Street is a freelance art historian and writer who is a lecturer for the National Gallery, Tate and Dulwich Picture Gallery. He lectures on the MA course for Christie’s Education, writes for Art Review, and is the co-director of the alternative art fair, Sluice.

The 2014 Art History in the Pub talks programme has been put together by guest curator, Christina Bradstreet (Sotheby's Institute of Art). AHITP Guest Curators; If you'd be interested in curating a series of talks for for AHitP in 2015 send us an email and we'll pass on more details.

Forthcoming talks in  2014:

29 September
- Bernard Vere 'Oval Balls and Cubist Players: Avant-garde depictions of Rugby'

27 October - Rodrigo Orrantia,
'Open For Business: British Industry in Contemporary photography'

24 November
 – Janine Catalano, ‘Art and Food’ - title tbc.

Previous Talks for Art History in the Pub, from 2011 - 2014.

Directions & Details
If you've not been before then a speaker talks for about 30 minutes followed by questions. The talk takes place in the main bar, it is free, entertaining, and anyone is welcome.

The Monarch,
40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden NW1 8BG,
Telephone: 020 74822054

From Chalk Farm tube: Turn left out of the station and cross Chalk Farm Road at the lights. The pub is about five minutes walk down the road on the left.
From Camden Town: Take the Camden High Street exit and turn right. Head up the street past Camden Lock and under the rail bridge and proceed up Chalk Farm Road. The pub is a couple minutes walk from the bridge on the right.

By tube: Chalk Farm station (450m) – zone 2 / Camden Town station (530m) – zone 2
By train: Kentish Town West station (460m) / Camden Road station (550m)
By bus: 24 (24hrs), 27 (24hrs), 31, 168, N5, N28, N31.

Past Events:
Click here for a list of previous talks and speakers.

Album cover by George Condo for the single “Power” by Kanye West. Image, Wikipedia Album cover by George Condo for the single “Power” by Kanye West. Image, Wikipedia