History of Art


Past Imperfect 2022-23

Past Imperfect is a visual culture seminar in which we hope to share recent concerns with the past and its place in the present, a present increasingly overinvested in the value of contemporary. Each academic year we explore a particular theme, such as 'Obsolescence', 'Disorientation' or 'Confinement'. 

Term 1

Date/TimeSpeaker(s)TitleRegistration Link
Monday 24th October 2022, 5pm

Emily Doucet 

'Letters by the Reel': Microfilm and the Mail

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Location: Gordon House 106, UCL Bloomsbury Campus, WC1H 0PP

Tuesday 6th December 2022, 12-2pmYessica PorrasVisual Reverberations between the Public and Private in the Murals of the Choir of Santa Clara la Real

Location: Bedford Way (20) C3.11 in IOE 

Term 2

Date/TimeSpeaker(s)TitleRegistration Link
Tuesday 31 January 2023, 2-4pm    

Dr Rachel King, Curator of Renaissance Europe and the Waddesdon Bequest, The British Museum

Lost Property: The Treasure Act (1996) and English goldsmithing of the early Tudor era 

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Location: Malet Place Engineering Building 1.20 

Thursday 23 March 2023, 5.30 - 7.30pmDr Steven Lauritano, University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in SocietyDivers Vases: artifactual imagination and architectural history circa 1700

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Location: Room 107, 25 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AW