UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


The future in retrospect: Land art to the moon and back

12 November 2019, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Joy Sleeman

Joy Sleeman, Professor of Art History and Theory, the Slade School of Fine Art, delivers her Inaugural Lecture: 'The future in retrospect: Land art to the moon and back'

This event is free.

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Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street

About the lecture

My lecture retraces the steps of some of the artists and some of the journeys taken, actual and imaginary, while researching Land art over the past thirty years.

Land art is a term used to designate new forms of landscape art that emerged in the mid-1960s. The term itself and its origins, temporal and geographical, are much disputed, but its continuing relevance to contemporary debates and art making are abundantly evident. The emphasis of my research is on Land art in Britain and that, in spite of the extra-terrestrial referent in the title, is also the focus of this lecture.

Read on for a sneak preview: 60 seconds with... Joy Sleeman

About the speaker

Joy Sleeman is Professor of Art History and Theory and Head of Taught Courses in History and Theory of Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. She is a writer and curator whose research is focused on the histories of sculpture and landscape, especially 1960s and 1970s Land art. Her most recent book, Roelof Louw and British Sculpture since the 1960s, was published by Ridinghouse in 2018.


Ken Sleeman, 35mm slide of the moon landing on television in Bedworth, Warwickshire, 21st July 1969

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Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

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