• 1 October 2014
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Sainsbury Wing Theatre, Paul Mellon Centre

Lynda Nead’s talk this evening is the first in a short series of three evening research seminars focusing on modern art and visual culture in 20th-century Britain. This is an area of studies in British art that has been animated in recent years by some of the most innovative, the most rigorous, the most methodologically daring and the most beautifully written scholarship in our field. And it is this work that we want to celebrate and engage with in this series. We have invited three art historians to participate whose work has changed the landscape of the history of British art.

Studies in 20th-century British art have changed radically in the last decade or so – the critical interrogation of the relationship of such capacious terms as modernism and modernity to British art and culture has opened up new vistas, new paths and possibilities – this has included the serious examination of artists who have been placed well and truly in the ‘wide margins of the century’, an engagement with diverse practices and processes of image production and reproduction, and a rethinking of artistic identities, gender and sexuality, to name but a few strands. 

Ron Chapman

Untitled, Ron Chapman

About the speaker

  • Head and shoulders portrait of Lynda Nead

    Lynda Nead is Pevsner Chair Of History Of Art at Birkbeck. Her research is focussed primarily on the history of British visual culture in the nineteenth century and early-twentieth century.