Art & History of Art CLUB Talks

A series of three online talks organised by the Art & History of Art CLUB. Supported by the UoR Arts Committee.

GRISELDA POLLOCK - Art & History of Art CLUB Talks
Wednesday 24th March 2021

Griselda Pollock discusses her pre-recorded lecture entitled, Gesture, Affect and the Post-Traumatic Image, or Raphael in Art and Art’s Histories after the Holocaust and in Contemporary Art. 

The 1 hour 30 mins lecture is available to watch before the talk here,  Please email Dr James Hellings on for the password to access the pre-recorded lecture. 

Griselda Pollock is Professor emerita of Social and Critical Histories of Art (1990-2020) and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History (CentreCATH) (2001-) at the University of Leeds. Griselda Pollock has taught for over 40 years in a School of Fine Art as a feminist, a social-historical  art historian and a cultural analyst. In this lecture she creates transdisciplinary encounters between art and history, feminist and trauma theory, making and thinking, and the innovative forms through which the aesthetic and ethical challenges of art in a post-traumatic condition can be explored. Challenging the progressive logic of narrative, periodised art history, she presents and elaborates a new installation in her virtual feminist museum with film, literature and images that relay artists’ engagement with art and history through the relations of time, space and the archive in contemporary art making.

Griselda Pollock develops international, queer, postcolonial, feminist analyses of art’s diverse histories by formulating new concepts with which to deliver ‘feminist interventions in art’s histories’:

  • Old Mistresses: Women, Art & Ideology (1981, New edition Bloomsbury, 2020)
  • Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity & the Histories of Art (1988)
  • Avant-Garde Gambits: Gender and the Colour of Art History (1992)
  • Generations and Geographies in the Visual Arts (1992/96)
  • Differencing the Canon: Feminist Desire and the Writing of Art’s Histories (1999)
  • Encounters in Virtual Feminist Museum: Time, Space and the Archive (2007)
  • After-affects/After-images: Trauma and Aesthetic Transformation in the Virtual Feminist Museum (2013).

Her most recent publications include the major monograph and first major art historical study of the artist, Charlotte Salomon and the Theatre of Memory [Leben? oder Theater? 1941-43] (Yale, 2018) and writings on Yael Bartana, Laura Mulvey, Penny Siopis, Monica Weiss and Christine Taylor-Patten.

Crossing art, museology, philosophy and film, she analyses the perennial threat of ‘the concentrationary universe’ created by the totalitarianisms of the twentieth century: Griselda Pollock & Max Silverman (eds), the Concentrationary Cinema (2009), Concentrationary Memories (2011) and Concentrationary Imaginaries (2015); Concentrationary Art: Jean Cayrol, the Lazarean and the Everyday in Post-war Film, Literature, Music and the Visual Arts (2019).

Forthcoming are books on Memory and Place on the work of Van Gogh, The Agency of Marilyn Monroe and on abstract painting titled Killing Men and Dying Women: Painting and Imag(in)Difference in 1950s New York (Manchester University Press). More information available here:

AMELIA JONES - Art & History of Art CLUB Talks
Wednesday 17th March 2021

Amelia Jones discusses her new book, In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance, with Q&A.

Amelia Jones is Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Academics and Research in Roski School of Art & Design, USC. Recent publications include Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012); Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, co-edited with Erin Silver (2016); the catalogue Queer Communion: Ron Athey (2020), co-edited with Andy Campbell, and which accompanies a retrospective of Athey’s work at Participant Inc. (New York) and ICA (Los Angeles), has just been listed among “Best Art Books 2020” in the New York Times. Jones’ book entitled In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance is published in 2021 by Routledge Press.

Amelia Jones on Wikipedia

AN VAN CAMP - Art & History of Art CLUB Talks 
Wednesday 3rd March 2021 

An Van Camp discusses her work at the Ashmolean Museum, talking us through the exhibition planning, the digital response to the exhibition closing, and the lessons learnt. An Van Camp is the Curator of Northern European Art and Head of Digital Collections at the Ashmolean Museum. She will discuss her unconventional path into a museum career which has led her from excavating tombs in Sudan to cataloguing the Rembrandt prints in the British Museum to finally her current position at the Ashmolean. Her most recent exhibition is “Young Rembrandt” which was recently on display in Leiden and Oxford.

University of Reading, Department of Art. Supported by the UoR Arts Committee.

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