Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Eye and Mind: Tamar Garb Lecture

A public lecture by Tamar Garb (Prof. History of Art, UCL), on contemporary South African art and literature.

Tamar Garb (Professor of History of Art, University College London): 'Retrotopia: Secretly I Will Love you More' The lecture will juxtapose the documentary photography of David Goldblatt, a fanciful video portrait by Andrew Putter, and a novel by the renowned Afrikaans writer Marlene van Niekerk, to imagine a past that never was and a future that is still being dreamt of. About the Speaker: Tamar Garb is Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art at UCL. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA (Art) in 1978, before moving to the UK and completing a PhD at the Courtauld Institute, which was awarded in 1991. She was appointed as Lecturer at UCL in 1989, and was promoted to professor in 2001. Her research interests have focused on questions of gender and sexuality, the woman artist and the body in nineteenth and early twentieth century French art ,and she has published extensively in this field. Key publications include Sisters of the Brush: Women’s Artistic Culture in Late Nineteenth Century Paris (Yale University Press, 1994); Bodies of Modernity: Figure and Flesh in Fin de Siecle France, (Thames & Hudson, 1998) and The Painted Face, Portraits of Women in France 1814 -1914 (Yale University Press, 2007). Her latest publication in this area is The Body in Time: Figures of Femininity in Late Nineteenth-Century France, (University of Washington Press, 2008).

She has also published on questions of race and representation and in 1995 she collaborated with Linda Nochlin on a volume of essays entitled The Jew in the Text; Modernity and the Construction of Identity (T&H). Her interests have turned recently to post-apartheid culture and art as well as the history of photographic practices in Southern Africa. In 2008 she curated an exhibition on Landscape and Language in South African Art entitled Land Marks/Home Lands; Contemporary Art from South Africa at Haunch of Venison Gallery in London. In April 2011, her exhibition Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The show was nominated for a Lucie award in Curating. In 2014 Prof. Garb was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Location: Civil Engineering Building, Room G10
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr. Ed Krcma
021 490 3926

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