History of Art



Summer 2009 Programme

Date Subject Content
13 May
Talkshop Mark Godfrey, Tate curator, will talk about his installation of the new Arte Povera room at Tate Modern.  This forms the central gallery on Level Five which used to house the minimalist works by Andre Judd Morris and son.  He will discuss the issues that have arisen from this reconfiguration of the space and the major shift away from US to European (mainly) work. 
10am Tate Modern Level 5
14 May
Talkshop TJ Demos, UCL History of Art, on The Politics of Sustainability:  Contemporary Art and Ecology.
At Whitechapel 7pm
3 June
Discussion Forum Possible and impossible sites of curatorial innovation and intervention.  A discussion forum focusing on critical debate surrounding the aspirations and effectiveness of the recent show Altermodern curated by Nicholas Bourriaud at Tate Britain (and other recent exhibitions).
27 June
Public Launch of CSCA

A roundtable discussion with Molly Nesbit, Vasif Kortun, Maria Hlavajova and Boris Groys.
2-6.30pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL Main Building, Gower Street, London  WC1E 6BT.

Spring 2009 Programme

Date Subject
Wednesday 21 January Talkshop

TJ Demos will talk about curating his recent show Zones of Conflict at the Pratt Institute New York.

9 February
Seminar Claire Bishop, The Graduate Center, New York, on Exhibiting the Social.
11 March
Writing Workshop This session will be led by Mark Edwards.
18 March
Talkshop Trish Lee and Bryony Bery will lead a discussion on shared concerns in their research.
21 March
Symposium on Robert Mangold

This event is jointly organised by Parasol Unit and the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art.

2-5pm at Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road, London

Autumn 2008 Programme

Date Subject Content
8 October

'Frieze and its dis/contents:  questioning contemporary art'

In this first discussion forum, we ask about the what? why? when? where? who? of contemporary art.  With the upcoming Frieze art fair looming, we discuss issues raised about the sites and spaces of display of art now and consider what possibilities exist for critical distance.

15 October
Film Screening Hiroshima Mon Amour
20 October
Conversation Silvia Kolbowski talks to Mignon Nixon and Tamar Garb
12 November
Writing Workshop This session will discuss the problems of writing about contemporary art now, different models of writing, and alternative sites for writing.
19 November
Talk Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin talk about their recent work at Paradise Row.  Everyone should make sure to see their show The Day Nobody Died at Paradise Row, which closes 26 October.
3 December
Conversation David Batchelor will talk to Briony Fer about his new book Colour, an anthology of writings that he has edited, published by the Whitechapel and MIT.