Art History Decentred/Recentred
The 2018 Frank Davis Memorial Series invited four distinguished speakers to share research that addressed visual and material witnesses to colonialism, migration, and indigeneity. With lectures that ranged between the fifteenth century and the present, our speakers challenged conventional disciplinary, geographical and theoretical priorities, and invited reflection on the vital role that the history of art has to play in understanding local, national and global histories.
The Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1989 by the F M Kirby Foundation, in honour of Frank Davis, a critic for Country Life Magazine.
Mon 8 Oct, 2018 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
European artistic experience in the early modern period was a global one, inceasingly filled with peoples, things, materials, and memories from worlds beyond Europe. Yet the content, chronology, and structure of art history’s European canon…
Mon 15 Oct, 2018 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
This lecture will reflect on recent developments in Black British Art with a focus on the work of Lubaina Himid and other artists of her generation. Over the course of a career spanning several decades,…
Mon 29 Oct, 2018 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
This lecture will explore the ‘decentering’ of Art History by the artistic and visual material made by colonial artists in the French West Indies in the early modern period. These works testify to the encounters…
Mon 3 Dec, 2018 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series
Indigenous people have been travelling to London – willingly or otherwise – since 1502. They have come as captives and diplomats, missionaries and performers, activists and artists. Drawing on this long history of Indigenous engagement…