The speaker of this year’s Watson Gordon Lecture is Professor Joseph Masheck from Hofstra University, New York.
The annual Watson Gordon Lecture was established in 2006 and marks the long-standing collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and National Galleries of Scotland. It is named after Sir John Watson Gordon, an artist and president of the Royal Scottish Academy. Eight years after his death in 1864, his siblings Henry and Frances endowed The Watson Gordon Chair of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh.
Master students in History of Art are expected to attend the Watson Gordon Lecture. It is also open to the public.
Previous speakers include Helen Langdon, Robert Storr (Yale School of Art), David Bomford (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) and Hal Foster (Princeton University).
The current Watson Gordon Chair of Fine Art is Professor Richard Thomson.