Tom Day - The Courtauld Institute of Art

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Tom Day

Postdoctoral Fellow (Centre for American Art)/Associate Lecturer

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Tom is a historian of Film and Media art and American art after 1960. His interdisciplinary research is concerned with the moving image as both a subject and practice in modern and contemporary art with a particular focus on the role of cinema and television in the Pop art movement; the history of TV art and the New York Downtown Avant-Garde of the 1970s and 1980s.

Tom was educated at the University of Sussex and the University of Edinburgh where, after completing his PhD, he was a Teaching Fellow at the Edinburgh College of Art where he organised courses on the history of film and media and oversaw all final year dissertations in the School of Design and Screen Cultures. He previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art/Yale Center for British Art where he worked on a project titled ‘Making it Function Differently: TV Sculpture’ which looks at a variety of artists from the 1960s and 1970s who employed television monitors as elements in radical sculptural assemblages.

Tom regularly teaches public courses for the Courtauld on American art. Most recently he has led courses on Californian art after 1945 and on the New York Downtown Avant-Garde and will offer a Summer School course on Pop art in 2021.

In 2021-2022 he will be leading a brand new MA at the Courtauld entitled ‘”Drop Dead” New York: Art, Film and Activism Downtown, 1971-1992’.


PhD (Edinburgh)

MA (Distinction), BA (Sussex)


MA in History of Art: “Drop Dead” New York: Art, Film and Activism Downtown, 1971-1992

Public Programmes: Beyond the Brillo Box: Re-Examining Pop Art, 1947-1989

Public Programmes: Uptown, Midtown, Downtown: An Art-Historical Tour of Manhattan, c.1920-1970, Friday 1 – Sunday 3 October 2021


Recent Talks

  • ‘False Advertising: The Reception of Television and the Creation of Art in the East Village’, part of lecture series ‘The Moving Image as Subject and Practice in American Art, 1900-1990’, Courtauld Institute of Art, March 2021.
  • With Jo Applin, ‘Jann Haworth in Conversation’,‘The Moving Image as Subject and Practice in American Art, 1900-1990’, Courtauld Institute of Art, March 2021.
  • ‘Times Square as Readymade: William Klein’s Broadway by Light (1958)’, part of the panel ‘Towards a Pop Cinema’, co-organised with Glyn Davis, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Annual Conference, Denver, April 2020 [Cancelled]
  • ‘Jeff Keen’s Pop Cinema Collage: The Saturation of Media and the Politics of Images’, Conference: Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1900-Now, Tate Britain, 27–28 March 2020 [Postponed]
  • ‘Pop Eats Itself: Andy Warhol Eating a Hamburger (1982)’, Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Seminar Series, May 2019
  • ‘The Temporality of Moving-Image Décollage’, part of the panel ‘Invisible Images’, Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, March 2019
  • ‘John’s Movies: Sincerity, Stupidity and Metamodernism’, Film-Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Gothenburg, 3-5 July 2018

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Research Interests

  • American Art after 1960
  • Film, Video and Media Art
  • Intermediality
  • Pop Art
  • New York Downtown Avant-Garde
  • Gender and Sexuality



  • 100 Film and TV Artworks (under contract with Bloomsbury Academic/British Film Institute) (forthcoming, 2022)
  • Pop Cinema, co-edited with Glyn Davis (under contract with Edinburgh University Press, 2022)


Book Chapters:

  • ‘Broadway by Light (1957) and William Klein’s Pop between Stillness and Movement’, in Tom Day and Glyn Davis (eds.) Pop Cinema (forthcoming)
  • ‘Towards a History of Pop Cinema’, co-authored with Glyn Davis, in Tom Day and Glyn Davis (eds.) Pop Cinema (forthcoming)
  • ‘Pop Collage and the Pop Underground: Craig Baldwin’s Wild Gunman (1978)’, Craig Baldwin: Avant To live! (in press, Incite! Journal of Experimental Media and The San Francisco Cinematheque, February 2021)

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