History of Art


Book launch: Kirsty Dootson’s 'The Rainbow’s Gravity'

09 May 2023, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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This event is free.

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Nick Robbins – History of Art


South Wing
United Kingdom

Please join us for an event celebrating the publication of The Rainbow’s Gravity: Colour, Materiality and British Modernity by Kirsty Dootson. This revolutionary history brings to light how new colour technologies informed ideas about national identity during a period of profound social change, when the challenges of industrialisation, decolonisation of the Empire and evolving attitudes to race and gender reshaped the nation. Offering a compelling new account of modern British visual culture that reveals colour to be central to its aesthetic trajectories and political formations, The Rainbow’s Gravity deepens our understanding of how British art is made and what it means, offering a new way to assess the visual landscape of the period and interpret its colourful objects.
We will be joined by Indie A. Choudhury, Lynda Nead, Xin Peng , and Richard Taws who will each be sharing short remarks about the book, followed by a Q&A and a drinks reception. This event is kindly supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society. 


About the Speaker

Dr Kirsty Sinclair Dootson

Lecturer in Film and Media at UCL

Dr Kirsty Sinclair Dootson is a Lecturer in Film and Media at the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society. A historian of material and technical history of modern visual media, she works between the disciplines of film studies and art history, with expertise in the visual culture of Britain (conceived in its most expansive, and imperial sense) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the global exchange of colour film technologies in the post-war period.

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