Art History in the Pub
A regular series of relaxed but informing and entertaining talks at The Monarch, Camden
As part of the AAH's commitment to bringing the best in cutting-edge art-historical research to a wider community, we are pleased to be able to announce a hopefully-regular "Art History in the Pub" series of talks, lectures and events.
Our talks present a selection of the wide vareity of topics, periods, methods and apporaches common in art historical study, and are aimed at a generalist audience.
AHitP London is held at:
40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Greater London NW1 8BG
Free to attend.
Our new AHitP Scotland Event launched in February in Edinburgh. Last Edinburgh talk: 30th April, Professor David Hopkins on Drunkeness. For full details see http://aah.org.uk/events/art-history-in-the-pub/scotland.
Next London Event
Monday 27th May ‘A Totalising Monster’? Coral in Art and Culture, Marion Endt Jones (University of Manchester)
The phenomenon of coral bleaching is, like polar bears stranded on melting ice sheets, frequently used in the media to raise public awareness of climate change. Pricking our consciousness and conscience, scientists and conservationists tap into coral’s power to capture the imagination, which is recorded in culture since Antiquity.
Coral’s complex natural properties and appearance – the long-standing ambiguity of its classification as plant, stone or animal; its existence as a multicellular, hybrid, reef-building organism; its symbiotic relationship with algae and bacteria; the vibrancy of its colours; and the intricacy of its root and branch patterns – have led to its appropriation in different cultural contexts, as both symbol and concrete material.
This talk explores ways in which coral has been used, throughout different cultures and periods, as metaphor for metamorphosis, religious symbol, medicine, curiosity, traded commodity, decorative object, emblem of the unconscious mind, and icon of global warming, from Antiquity to the present day.
Marion Endt-Jones is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manchester. Although she grew up near the mountains, her current research project has led her ‘eyes and mind to seeing and thinking under water’ (to borrow Etienne-Jules Marey’s words). She is currently writing a book entitled Coral: A Cultural History (forthcoming with Reaktion Books) and curating an exhibition on coral in nature and culture at the Manchester Museum, which will open in November 2013.
Monday 25th March 2013, Janet Tyson (Independent Scholar) Strategies for mystery: Comparing René Magritte’s Menaced Assassin with Gerard David’s Nativity
Monday 25th February Sarah Chaney (UCL) & Nicholas Tromans (Kingston), Art, the Archive and the Avant-Garde Asylum, c. 1890 - 1914
Monday 28th January 2013 Jennifer Wallis (Queen Mary University of London), Picturing the psyche: Fragments of the insane body in the late 19th century
Monday 10th December, Dr. Lara Eggleton (University of Leeds), Gypsies or Moors?: re-staging Andalusian identity in the nineteenth-century photograph
Monday 29th October, Emily Candela (Royal College of Art), The Animated Atomic
Monday 24th September, Dr. Pip Patrick (UCL), Obese medieval monks: deconstructing the stereotype
Monday 3rd September, Art History in the Pub Presents... 'The Lizardman Speaks! Erik Sprague in conversation with Dr. Matt Lodder' click here for more details
Tuesday 21st August, Claire Trevien (University of Warwick), Caricaturing Charlatans: Depictions of Science in French Revoltionary prints'
Monday 30th July 2012, Paul Dobraszczyk (University of Manchester), 'Into the belly of the beast: exploring London's Victorian sewers'
Monday 18th June 2012, Catherine Daunt (Sussex) 'Heroes and villains: portraits of the famous and the infamous in Tudor and Jacobean England'
Monday 28th May 2012 Fern Riddell (King's College London), 'The Daunton-Shaws: Monarchs of the Wheel' Trick Cycling in the British Music Halls, 1899 - 1929
Monday 30th April 2012 Professor Lynda Nead (Birkbeck), 'Stilling the Punch: Boxing, Violence and the Photographic Image'
26th March 2012. Elena Lipsos (University of Exeter), 'A Genealogy of Pin-Up: From 19th-Century Japanese ukiyo-e prints to the 1930s American Petty Girl.'
27th February 2012 Nina Edwards (Freelance Writer & Researcher): 'On the Button'
30th January 2012,Ben Zweig (Boston University), 'From Despair to Love: Picturing Suicide in Medieval Art'
9th December 2011. Dr Christina Bradstreet (Sotheby's Institute) 'Scented spectres and the smell of ghosts'
28th November 2011 Dr Petra Lange-Berndt (UCL) on 'Taxidermy and Colonial Practice'
24th October 2011 - Dr Sam Gathercole (Croydon College) on 'Signs of Post-War Housing'
Monday 26th September 2011 - Dr Hannah Williams (Oxford) on "The Violent Suicide of François Lemoyne: An 18th-Century Art History Mystery"
22nd August 2011: Dr Matt Lodder, "Not Just For Sailors Any More: Tattooing in the Media".
25th July 2011: Dr. Camilla Smith (University of Birmingham), "Tourism, Sexology and Homosexuality in Curt Moreck’s Guide to “Depraved” Berlin (1931)"
Directions & Details
The Monarch, Camden 40-42 Chalk Farm Road Camden NW1 8BG, http://www.monarchbar.com/events/
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 – click here for a local bus map.