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Subject:

Fw: The Art of Evolution--Courtauld Institute of Art, 2-4 July

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Roger Neil Barton <[log in to unmask]>

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Roger Neil Barton <[log in to unmask]>

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Apologies for cross posting.
neil


Dr Roger Neil Barton
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research
http://www.uclmail.net/~neil.barton/
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jonathan Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2009 10:25 AM
Subject: The Art of Evolution--Courtauld Institute of Art, 2-4 July


Thursday 2 - Saturday 4 July 2009

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

In this Darwin bicentenary year, the full impact of the research and
theories of the naturalist who spent most of his life in Down House at
Downe is coming to the fore. Few intellectual disciplines have remained
untouched by the thought of Charles Darwin, as revealed by visual
cultures in the form of art, anthropological, medical, and scientific
imagery, as well as the popular images that feature in the press. This
is the subject matter of the conference and events to be held under the
title, The Art of Evolution: Charles Darwin and Visual Cultures, at The
Courtauld Institute of Art from 2-4 July 2009.

The Art of Evolution: Charles Darwin and Visual Cultures will explore
the impact of Charles Darwin on visual cultures through the examination
of aesthetics, the museum, slavery and concepts of indigenous people, as
well as the representation of animals. It will investigate the
repercussions of Darwin's theories upon images of the body, eugenics and
genetics, sexualities, Surrealism, film and contemporary art. Including
exhibitions and film screenings, the conference will conclude with a
reading of Justin Fleming's provocative new play, Origin, directed by
Wayne Harrison.

The book, The Art of Evolution: Darwin, Darwinism and Visual Culture,
co-edited by Barbara Larson and Fae Brauer, will be launched at this
conference.

To book a place: We are offering early registration (until 1 June 2009)
for the conference at the following rates:

Full: £60; Students/concessions: £30. After 1 June 2009 the full rate
will rise to £70. Please complete a booking form (available at
http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/conferences/darwin) and send it
with a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research
Forum Events Co-ordinator, Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum,
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN. For credit card bookings call
020 7848 2785/2909. For further information, send an e-mail to
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TIMETABLE

THURSDAY, 2 JULY 2009

*Session 1: Darwin and Aesthetic Theory *

Chair: Barbara Larson (University of West Florida)

10.00-10.30 Barbara Larson (University of West Florida), Darwin, Burke,
and the Sublime

10.30-11.00 Marsha Morton (Pratt Institute), Art’s “Competition with
Nature”: Darwin, Haeckel, and the Scientific Art History of Alois Riegl

11.00-11.30 Sabine Flach (Zentrum für Literatur-und Kulturforschung
Berlin), Reflections on the Development of a Theory of Representation in
the Work of Darwin and Warburg

11.30-12.00 Discussion

12.00-13.30 Lunch

Tour, Courtauld Galleries available


*Session 2: Darwin and the Museum: Curating Darwin/ism *

Chair: Barbara Larson (University of West Florida)

13.30-14.00 Arthur MacGregor (formerly of the Ashmolean Museum), Delayed
Reactions: Early Responses and Non-Responses to Darwin in the Museum

14.00-14.30 Pat Simpson (University of Hertfordshire), Representing
Darwin: Art, Taxidermy, and Bio-politics at the Darwin Museum Moscow,
1907-2009

14.30-15.00 Monique Scott (American Museum of Natural History),
Color-Coding Darwin in the Museum

15.00-15.30 Discussion

15.30-16.00 Afternoon Tea, Courtauld Reception


*Session 3: Darwin, Slavery and Indigenous Peoples *

Chair: Jeanette Hoorn (University of Melbourne)

16.00-16.30 Cannon Schmitt (University of Toronto), The Mirror of
Evolution: Fuegians, Orang-utans and Other Reflections

16.30-17.00 Sarah Thomas (University of Sydney), Slavery, a “Scandal to
Christian Nations”: Charles Darwin, Augustus Earle and the Compass of
Morality

17.00-17.30 Jeanette Hoorn (University of Melbourne), Tom Roberts,
Darwin’s Correspondents and the Expression of Emotions

17.30-18.00 Discussion

18.30-20.30 Reception, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7


FRIDAY, 3 JULY 2009

Session 4: Becoming Animal

Chair: Fae Brauer (University of East London; The University of New
South Wales)

10.00-10.25 Maria P. Gindhart, Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design,
Georgia State University, Apes and Ape-men: Frémiet, Kupka, and the
Jardin des Plantes

10.25-10.50 Serena Keshavjee, University of Winnepeg, Formes et Forces :
Eugène Carrière and Evolutionary Theory at the Comparative Anatomy Gallery

10.50-11.15 Rikke Hansen, Tate Britain, “Almost the Same": Animals,
Ambivalence and Mimicry

11.15-11.40 Giovanni Aloi, Editor in Chief of Antennae, The Journal of
Nature in Visual Culture; Queen Mary University of London, Different
Becomings: The work of Marcus Coates and Oleg Kulik

11.40-12.00 Discussion

12.00-13.30 Lunch

Tour, Courtauld Galleries available

*Session 5: Darwin and Surrealism *

Chair: Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld Institute of Art)

13.30-14.00 Marion Endt (Henry Moore Foundation), The Coral of Life

14.00-14.30 Donna Roberts (independent scholar), Darwin and Surrealism:
Instinct, Play and the Nocturnal Face of Nature

14.30-15.00 Gavin Parkinson, (Courtauld Institute of Art), Surrealism
and King Kong: A Tale of Darwinian Exoticism

15.00-15.30 Discussion

15.30-16.00 Afternoon Tea, Courtauld Reception

*Session 6: Darwin and Sexualities*

Chair: Whitney Davis (University of California, Berkeley)

16.00-16.30 Whitney Davis (University of California, Berkeley),
Homoeroticism, Sexual Selection, and the Sense of Beauty

16.30-17.00 Jeremy Melius (Yale Center for British Art), Pleasure as
Pain in Grant Allen’s Darwinian Aesthetics

17.00-17.30 Caroline Arscott (Courtauld Institute of Art), Evolving
Sensibility: Physiological Aesthetics in the 1870s

17.30-18.00 Discussion

18.15-19.00 Keynote: Barbara Creed (University of Melbourne),
Evolutionary Aesthetics: The Hollywood musical as Darwinian mating game

19.00-20.00 Reception and Film Screening: Max, Mon Amour, directed by
Nagisa Oshima

20.15-23.15 Conference Dinner,Sofra (Convent Garden), 36, Tavistock
Street, London WC2E 7PB


SATURDAY, 4 JULY 2009

*Session 7: The Darwinian Body: Eugenic and Genetic Biocultures*

Chair: Fae Brauer (University of East London; The University of New
South Wales)

10.00-10.30 Fae Brauer (University of East London; The University of New
South Wales), ‘La Culture Physique’: Neo-Lamarckian Eugenics and the
Darwinian Body

10.30-11.00 Christina Cogdell (University of California, Davis), Body
Building: From Neo- to Post-Darwinian Theories of Development and
Evolution in Contemporary Architecture

11.00-11.30 Suzanne Anker (School of Visual Arts, New York City), Darwin
and the Complete Makeover

11.30-12.00 Discussion

12.00-13.30 Lunch

Tour, Courtauld Galleries available


*Session 8: Photography and the Darwinian Screen*

Chair: Barbara Creed (University of Melbourne)

13.30-14.00 Phillip Prodger, Peabody Essex Museum, Laughing and Crying,
Kicking and Screaming: Babies as Blank Slates in Darwin's Photographs

14.00-14.30 Jonathan Smith (University of Michigan, Dearborn), Darwin,
Photography, and the Expression of Emotions

14.30-15.00 Barbara Creed (University of Melbourne), Darwin’s
Pre-Cinematic Eye: Evolution and Metamorphosis in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

15.00-15.30 Discussion

15.30-16.00 Afternoon Tea, Courtauld Reception


*Session 9: Darwin and Contemporary Art *

Chairs: Sara Barnes and Andrew Patrizio (Edinburgh College of Art)

16.00-16.30 Bergit Arends (Natural History Museum, London), After
Darwin: Contemporary Expressions

16.30-17.30 Tania Kovats and Phyllida Barlow in Conversation

17.30-18.30 Reception, Somerset Square

18.30-20.00 Play Reading: Origin, by Justin Fleming; directed by Wayne
Harrison
Portico Room, First Floor, Somerset House

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