History of Art


CSCA: Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art

Summer 2017 Programme

Date Subject Content
Thursday 27 April

Glenn Ligon in conversation with Rizvana Bradley and Mignon Nixon

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 4-6pm

Poster for the event (pdf)

Tuesday 9 May
Artist talk

Screening and talk with Maeve Brennan

Poster for the event (pdf)

Saturday 10 June
Bookings at eventbrite
Poster for the event (pdf)
Friday 30 June
Mural Walk
With Ben Wiedel-Kaufmann (Plymouth University)
Places are limited to 15-20 students
Contact Stephanie King for booking
Poster for the event (pdf)

Spring 2017 Programme

Date Subject Content
Tuesday 17 January
Artist talk

Artist talk with Linder Sterling

Poster for the event (pdf)

Tuesday 24 January

Dr Leon Wainwright (Reader in History of Art at Open University) will present a paper entitled "Materiality and Mobility: Political Geographies of Contemporary Caribbean Art". The seminar will be followed by a discussion

Poster for the event (pdf)

Tuesday 7 February

Histories of race, histories of colour:

This informal discussion identifies strategies that attend to the imbrications of race and colour in various histories. How have historical actors, as well as scholars, tapped into colour's resistive potentials to race?  What are some of the tensions and possibilities in attempts to connect local and global histories of race and color? Rizvana Bradley, Mechthild Fend and Natasha Eaton join attendees in discussing scholarship that: engages race and colour’s shared materiality; tracks race and colour’s sites of reproduction, circulation, and reception; and explores race and colour as related regimes of perception and value.

Saturday 18 March

Decolonising History: Visualisations of Conflict in a ‘Post-War’ Europe

Decolonising History website

Programme (pdf)

Poster for the event (pdf)

Autumn 2016 Programme

Date Subject Content
Monday 26 September
Sound & the Archive
Panel Discussion and Gallery Reception at Autograph ABP
Friday 4 November
Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Portals

Tour of Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Portals led by Dr Rizvana Bradley

4.45-6pm, Victoria Miro, Gallery II

Saturday 3 December
William Kentridge: Time, Technology, Self

This major symposium focuses on the work of William Kentridge, bringing together a range of speakers to explore his relationship to early cinema, drawing practices, abstraction and historical enactment.

The event draws on selected animations, installations and moving image works in the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition William Kentridge: Thick Time  (21 September 2016 – 15 January 2017), addressing concepts of history and temporality, embodiment and subjectivity, technology and tactility, and the self and the sensory.

Speakers include: Ian Christie,  Briony FerTamar GarbMargaret IversenEd KrcmaMichael NewmanGriselda Pollock and Richard Taws

2-6 pm, Whitechapel Gallery

The aim of the Centre is to develop a lively research community for graduates and staff working and researching in the field of contemporary art. Since its establishment in 2008 we have organised a diverse programme of workshops, conferences, reading groups and exhibition visits, as well as an on-going series of invited artists' talks. One of the central objectives of the Centre is to provide a workshop-like forum for participants to present and debate 'work in progress', as well as to foster interdisciplinary exchange with other institutions outside UCL.

All events take place from 6pm in Seminar Room 3 and 4 at UCL History of Art Department, 20 - 21 Gordon Square, London  WC1H 0AG unless otherwise noted.

The Centre seeks to generate debate concerning those pressing questions facing the contemporary condition of art, as well as providing a valuable space in which to work through the complex trajectories of contemporary art's long history. Engaging with the work being done by postgraduate students and staff in the department, the Centre provides a place to think, theorise and historicise contemporary art, exploring what it has become in light of the complex global, historical, social and political aspects of its current expanded field.

The Centre's programme of events reflects the interests of its participants. These include the relation of contemporary art to neoliberalism, new forms of community, collectivity, and social engagement, as well as to new technologies, globalization and environmentalism; postcolonial studies; art and feminism; documentary practices; photography and film throughout the twentieth century; historical and contemporary exhibition strategies; new curatorial practices, and the relationship between critical writing and contemporary art. The Centre has organised major conferences and workshops addressing issues including: the self-destructive tendencies in Latin Americana art; the Occupy movement; ecology and art; performance and labour; Hanne Darboven and her legacies; IRWIN and self-historicising strategies in Eastern European art; contemporary art and immaterial labour; the legacies of feminism, psychoanalysis and postcolonialism; art and globalisation; thing theory and materiality; Eva Hesse's relationship to European models of experimental art practice; Ida Applebroog; contemporary South African Photography; Arte Povera, subjectivity and ‘sexuate subjects’. We are presently hosting a series of keyword lectures in collaboration with Tate Liverpool and Iniva, inspired by Raymond William's influential book 'Keywords: a Vocabulary of Culture and Society', 1976, and including talks by Linda Bellos, Douglas Crimp, Leo Bersani and Geeta Kapur. We have invited artists to give workshops or present their recent projects, including Allan Sekula; Phil Collins; the Otolith Group; Renzo Martens, and Walid Raad. We have collaborated with institutions including the Whitechapel, Camden Arts Centre, Iniva, Gasworks, the Tate, Nottingham Contemporary and the V&A

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