Gill Perry in New Zealand

Open Arts Archive Director Professor Gill Perry has been spreading the word about the Open Arts Archive in New Zealand as part of a lecture tour relating to The First Actresses, a major curated exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery last year.

Professor Perry talked about the show on Radio New Zealand.

The exhibition presented a vivid spectacle of femininity, fashion and theatricality in seventeenth and eighteenth-century England. It featured portraits of some of the best known female performers of the period, who ranged from royal mistresses to successful writers and businesswomen, and accomplished musicians. It explored the ways in which these early celebrities used portraiture to enhance their reputations, deflect scandal and increase their professional status.

Podcasts related to the exhibition are available on the Open Arts Archive:

Professor Judith Hawley discusses James Gillray’s ‘Dilettante Theatricals: – or – a Peep at the Green Room’, 1803, The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Dr Moira Goff discusses John Ellys’s Portrait of Hester Booth, c1722-25, the V&A Museum.

Dr Lucy Peltz discusses Daniel Gardner’s Three Witches from Macbeth, 1775, The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Dr Berta Joncus discusses Jeremiah Davison’s Portrait of Catherine (‘Kitty’) Clive, 1735, Longleat House.

Study days at Tate Modern

The Open Arts Archive contains a wealth of video footage from study days organised jointly by The Open University and Tate Modern. The study days date back to 2002 with the latest on Lictenstein and the wider worlds of British pop this March.

Content from the study days can be browsed on the Open Arts Archive website by choosing Tate Study Days from the archive.

Alternatively for ease of access, the study days are listed below.

22 June 2002: Matisse Picasso, Creating and Destroying Histories

5 October 2002: Abstraction and Interpretation

27 March 2004: Expanding concepts of sculpture

26 June 2004: Concepts of the Avant-Garde

12 March 2005: Contemporary Art and Globalisation

25 June 2005: Performance, Gender and Identity

25 March 2006: Utopias and Avant-gardes

24 June 2006: Museums and Art History

17 March 2007: Identity and Performativity

16 June 2007: Surrealism and Film

8 March 2008: Against the Avant-garde

5 July 2008: Photography in the street and the studio

28 March 2009: Constructivism and the Art of Everyday Life

27 June 2009: Futurism and the Avant-garde

27 March 2010: Abstraction

20 November 2010: Gauguin and myths of the artist

20 July 2011: Joan Miró

16 March 2013: Lichtenstein and the Wider Worlds of British Pop

Study day success

On Saturday 16 March The Open University and Tate held a collaborative Study Day: Lichtenstein and the Wider Worlds of British Pop at Tate Modern. The event was well attended and  explored issues raised by a major Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at Tate Modern.

His extraordinary body of work was the springboard for a critical exploration of ideas around the meaning of pop in the US and Britain and its legacy for contemporary art and culture, and followed a two day symposuim at the Tate on ‘Global Pop’ .

These collaborative Study Days are popular with Open University students, art and art history students and the wider public, and we were delighted to see many students in the audience who are doing our new second level course A226 Exploring Art and Visual Culture. 

Speakers included Professor Hal Foster, art critic and historian, Iria Candela, Curator, Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, Professor David Alan Mellor, University of Sussex, Dr Leon Wainwright, The Open University, Professor Lisa Tickner, The Courtauld Institute of Art, and the British artist Gavin Turk.

Question and answer sessions were chaired by Professor Gill Perry, The Open University and Marko Daniel, Tate. The event was deemed a great success, with stimulating and informative papers from all speakers and very good feedback from the audience. The question and answer sessions encouraged a rich debate around the relationship between American and British Pop, and the implications of this at the end of the British Empire.

Gavin Turk’s paper at the end of the day also provided a fascinating insight into how contemporary artists work with the legacy of Pop era, and the ways in which earlier artistic concerns can continue to inspire contemporary practice.

The event was related to the exhibition Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern, and was filmed and will be available shortly from the Tate and the Open Arts Archive.