History of Art Research Seminar: Hilary Robinson | Griselda Pollock and the making of UK feminist art history and criticism in the 1970s


  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 17:15 to 18:30

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 9DF

This seminar by Professor Hilary Robinson is the seventh in the History of Art Research Seminar Series 2016 - 2017.

Hilary is Professor of Visual Culture at Middlesex University. She previously worked at the University of Ulster, where she gained her first Chair, as Professor of the Politics of Art.

In 2005, she was appointed Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, where she served a five-year term. While in Pittsburgh she was a board member of The Andy Warhol Museum, and The Mattress Factory Museum.

Her teaching and research focus on feminist art theory.

Griselda Pollock and the making of UK feminist art history and criticism in the 1970s:

Griselda Pollock is well known for her canonical books, including Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology (1981), Vision and Difference: Feminity, Feminism and Histories of Art (1988), Differncing the Canon: Feminism and the Writing of Art's Histories (1990), and Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum: Time, Space and the Archive (2007).

What is less known about her work is its genesis within the UK women's liberation movement, in its early years of activism and development of feminist theory. It is this early period of her work, the 1970s, that will be addressed in the talk.

The aim is to ground consideration of her work in that political moment of the UK women's liberation movement : a distinct emergence within the longer movement of feminsim, situated in the context of radical and socialist activism in the social history of the UK.

Only with this understanding of Pollock's thinking, its historical place and formation, can her full project be understood.

The event is free and open to all.

This event is part of the History of Art Research Seminar Series of talks by guest speakers and colleagues. Find out more about the series.

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