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Migrants: art, artists, materials and ideas crossing borders

15-16 November 2018, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

The Hamilton Kerr Institute’s upcoming two-day conference Migrants: art, artists, materials and ideas crossing borders will reflect on the role of migration as embodied in works of art, material culture and their conservation.

The conference will present diverse papers by speakers from a range of disciplines from around the world. Speakers will present on how artists, conservators and their materials, ideas and techniques have crossed borders from antiquity to the modern day. We aim to create a forum for lively and productive discussion of ongoing research interpreting art and material culture from all disciplines and periods.

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Preliminary Schedule

Thursday 15 November

 

9.15-9.45

 

Registration

9.50-10.05

Welcome, Rupert Featherstone, Director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute

Session 1: ART AND ARTISTS

 

Chair: Sally Woodcock, Department of History/Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge

10.10- 10.35

Kristin Kausland, Norwegian institute of Cultural Heritage Research/Hamilton Kerr Institute

Migrating ideas, materials, techniques - the international co-op behind Scandinavian altarpiece production in the late Middle Ages

10.35-11.00

 

Jessica David and Edward Town, Yale Center for British Art

The curious career of Daniël van den Queborn, painter to the House of Orange

11.00-11.30

Coffee and tea

11.30-11.55

Javier Grossutti, Swinburne University of Technology

Italian artisans of marble mosaic in the UK: migrants as conveyors of skills and knowledge in a transnational perspective

11.55-12.20

Pia Gottschaller, The Courtauld Institute of Art

There is no periphery: exchanges among concrete artists in Latin America and Europe at mid-century

12.20-13.00

Discussion and questions

13.00-14.00

Lunch

Session 2: CONSERVATORS AND CONSERVATION

Chair: Abbie Vandivere, Paintings Conservator, Mauritshuis, Coordinator - Technical Art History, University of Amsterdam

14.00-14.25

Caitlin R. O’Grady, University College London

Waxing enthusiastic: transmission and migration of consolidation materials and techniques in the early 20th century

14.25-14.50

Valeriia Kravchenko and Katya Belaia, Museum of Ukranian Paintings & National Trust

Migration of ideas and approaches: tracing conservation practices in Ukraine from the Soviet to contemporary history

14.50-15.15

Rebecca Rushfield, New York City and Associate Director, FAIC Oral History Project (to be presented remotely)

In their own words: European conservators in the United States

15.15-15.45

Discussion and questions

15.45-16.15

Coffee and tea

Session 3: ART AND CONFLICT

Chair: Alexander Marr, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge

16.15-16.40

Morwenna Blewett, Worcester College and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University

Stolen colours, coercion and kidnap: a defeated nation’s artists’ materials and conservation knowledge in the aftermath of the Second World War 

16.40-17.05

Roderick Bailey, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford 
Conservation and cultural heritage in the Second World War:
the British in Greece, 1944-46

17.05-17.30

Charlotte Bank, Art historian & independent curator

Give sorrow images: memory and trauma in the works of recently displaced artists from Syria

17.30-18.00

Discussion and questions

18.30-19.15

Drinks reception

19.30

Conference dinner

Friday 16 November

 

10.00

Start

Session 4: MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES

Chair: Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge

10.10-10.35

Eckart Marchand, Warburg Institute/International Research Project Bilderfahrzeuge

‘Plaster of Paris’ and Italian Formatori

10.35-11.00

Felicia Gottman, Northumbria University

Object Mediations: Levantine Migration, Cotton Technology Transfer and their Legacies in Eighteenth-Century France

11.00-11.30

Coffee and tea

11.30-11.55

Jenny Bulstrode, University of Cambridge

Copper cultures in displacement and diaspora

11.55-12.20

Jacob Simon, National Portrait Gallery

London 1815-1914: importing and exporting artists’ materials, artists and the role of immigrant suppliers

12.20-12.45

Discussion and questions

12.45-14.15

Lunch

 

Session 5: TRANSMITTING IDEAS

Chair: Mary Laven, Department of History, University of Cambridge

14.15-14.40

Karen French, Christine Sciaccia, Glenn Gates and Hae Min Park, Walters Art Museum

A symbiotic relationship: local and foreign artistic exchanges at the fifteenth-century Ethiopian court

14.40-15.05

Isabel Wagner, Julia Brandt and Corinna Gramatke, Technical University Munich

Technical study of polychrome wooden sculptures of Jesuit reductions in Brazil 

15.05-15.30

Esmee Schoutens, Rosa Mulder and Janneke Sif Rutten, VU University, Amsterdam and University of Leiden.

Positioning migration in the art collection and exhibitions of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

15.30-16.00

Discussion and questions

16.00-16.30

Coffee and tea

16.30- 17.15

Roundtable discussion and close. Chair: Victoria Sutcliffe, Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge.

We are pleased to be hosting the conference at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. The college is home to a large collection of artwork by women artists and is a 5 minute walk from Kettles Yard House and Gallery. The conference venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Delegate tickets include lunch on both conference days, a drinks reception on the 15th November and a copy of the post-prints, to be published by Archetype Publications Ltd. London. A dinner will also be held for 70 speakers and delegates on Thursday 15th November at Murray Edwards College, for which tickets can be purchased.

Tickets and Prices

Earlybird Standard Registration (for bookings on or before 13th August 2018): £180.00

Standard Registration: £210

Student Registration: £30.00

Three course conference dinner in The Fellows Dining Room, Murray Edwards College, (15th November) - including wine - £50 (N.B tickets for the dinner are no longer available)

Please email hki@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk with any dietary requirements, allergies or intolerances. Please note, all food is prepared in a kitchen where nuts and other allergens are present.

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The postprints will be published by Archetype Publications Ltd. London.

The conference publication is generously sponsored by the Thriplow Trust.

Useful links

https://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/

 

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