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Art on the Move – Mobility in the Long Nineteenth Century

bavs-blackFriday 12 and Saturday 13 January 2018, Barber Institute, University of Birmingham

Conference Organisers: Kate Nichols (Birmingham) and Barbara Pezzini (Manchester)

Keynote Speakers: Pamela Fletcher and Tapati Guha Thakurta


(supported by BAVS – British Association for Victorian Studies))

Provisional Conference Programme

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Day One (12 January 2018): Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

11-11.30 – Registration & refreshments

11.30-11.45 – Introduction

11.45-12.45 – Keynote 1: Pamela Fletcher (Bowdoin College): Circulation

12.45-13.45 – Lunch

13.45-15.30 – Panel One: Mobile narratives of art history, chaired by Barbara Pezzini (The National Gallery/University of Manchester)

  • Harriet O’Neil (Royal Holloway, London): Fixing the Mobile: Neo-Renaissance Frames and Renaissance Panels at the National Gallery
  • Karen Burns (University of Melbourne): Ornament in Motion: Colonial Frontiers at the Sydenham Crystal Palace and “The Grammar of Ornament”
  • Jan Dirk Baetens (Radboud University Nijmegen): Made in Belgium: The Export of the Belgian “School”and the International Economy of Art Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century

15.30-16.00 ­– Coffee/tea

16.00-18.00 – Panel Two: Artistic labour, patronage and mobility, chaired by Fariha Shaikh (University of Birmingham)

  • Kassie Edwards (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington): Enslaved Black Artists: A Peculiar Situation
  • Mayken Jonkman (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague): The role of the patronage system within networks and artistic mobility. The case of Gerard van Spaendonck (1746-1822)
  • Caitlin Beach: (Columbia University, New York): Hiram Powers and the Routes of Atlantic Capital
  • Michaela Jones (Royal Holloway, London): Capturing the ‘Other’: Christiana Herringham’s Representations of India

18.00-20.00 – Drinks Reception, sponsored by TIAMSA (The International Art Market Studies Association), introduction by Ikon director Jonathan Watkin, and Private View of Bock Exhibition.


Day Two (13 January 2018): Barber Institute Lecture Theatre, University of Birmingham

10.00-10.15 – Registration

10.15-11.15 – Keynote 2: Tapati Guha-Thakurta (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta): Monuments on the Move: The collection, circulation and replication of architectural ensembles across Britain and India

11.15-11.35 – Coffee/tea

11.35-13.20 – Panel Three: Transatlantic mobility and replication, chaired by Ruth Livesey (Royal Holloway)

  • Julie Codell (Arizona State University, Tempe): Autograph Replicas in Motion:  Industrial Production, Global Demand, and Conflicting Valuations
  • Miriam Oesterreich (Technische Universität Darmstadt): Migrations of ‚the Exotic’ in Early Advertising Pictures. Travelling between High and Low, Here and There, Idea and Thing
  • Ben Pollitt (Birkbeck University, London): Meetings on the beach: the exploratory art of John Webber

13.20-14.15 Lunch

14.15-16.15 Panel four: The logistics and materials of mobility, chaired by Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham)

  • Alex Bremner (University of Edinburgh): Moving Architecture: Economic Shifts and the Victorian Building World
  • Natalia Gabrielsen (University of Arizona, Tucson): Circuits and Delivery in Charles Bird King’s Young Omahaw, War Eagle, Little Missouri, and Pawnees
  • Marie Tavinor (Christie’s Education, London): British Painting at the Venice Biennale: The Logics and Logistics of Exhibiting Abroad
  • Matthew C. Potter (Northumbria University, Newcastle): The physical and virtual movement of artworks in the British world: Anglo-Australian networks of exchange for artistic information and objects, 1860-1953’

16.15-16.25 Comfort break

16.25-16.45 – Sebastian Baden (Kunsthalle Mannheim): Exhibiting Mobility at the Mannheim Kunsthalle (TBC)

16.45-17.15: Concluding remarks: Where Next with Art and Mobility?