E-News Bulletin November 2020


NEW EVENT: Fauvisma three-session online study event exploring the movement and its influence on Matisse, led by Jacqueline Cockburn, is starting on Tuesday 1 December at 11am. Booking is now open.

Beginning on 11 November is a study event, Early Christian Rome, led by John McNeill. And our next online lecture, Wording the Crucifixion, will be delivered by Sandy Heslop on Monday 16 November at 6pm.   Places are still available. Please check our website for further information and booking.

NB: Booking closes 48 hours before all events.

Open-enrolment Short Certificate Courses in the History of Art
A programme of one- and two-term online courses, and study events covering many periods and aspects of art. More information about Birkbeck’s History of Art Department is available on our Birkbeck page accessed via the menu at the top of this page.

Please remember that you will need to book in advance to visit museums and galleries

CRISTEA ROBERTS GALLERY, until 21 November 2020
Cornelia Parker: through a glass darkly
This exhibition presents a series of still-lifes using photogravure consisting of over 25 works completed by the artist during the pandemic.


THE COURTAULD RESEARCH FORUM, online event on 3 November 2020 at 12pm
Print Room Open House
This virtual event will present for discussion three highlights from their Prints and Drawings department – Bruegel the Elder, Ingres and Cézanne, and will also explain how the department usually operates. You will also find further events organised for early November in the same link.

GUILDHALL LIBRARY, online talk on 4 November 2020 at 2pm
Pre-Raphaelite Artists and Poets
This talk traces the development of a movement that revolutionised the nineteenth-century art scene and scandalised conventional Victorian society.

GRESHAM COLLEGE, online talk on 4 November 2020 at 6pm
Ruling Passions: the architecture of the Cecils
This lecture is part of the Great Tudor and Stuart Houses series. Professor Simon Thurley examines how William and Robert Cecil not only dominated politics of the times but also architectural style, building a series of spectacular houses such as Burghley and Hatfield.

BRITISH LIBRARY, online talk on 4 November at 7.30pm
Jews, Gentiles, Men, Women … and Monsters
An illustrated lecture which interprets the meaning of the monsters and human-hybrid figures appearing in Jewish illuminated manuscripts during the medieval period.

NATIONAL GALLERY, 16 November 2020-31 January 2021
Take One Picture
An exhibition showing how children from 37 primary schools across the UK have interpreted the painting Men of the Docks by George Bellows.

GUILDHALL LIBRARY, online talk on 18 November 2020 at 2pm
Signs and Symbols: the hidden messages in art
Val Woodgate looks at paintings from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries and examines the way in which artists have used signs and symbols to give deeper layers of meaning to their work.

GUILDHALL ART GALLERY, 20 November 2020-16 May 2021
Noël Coward: Art and Style
A celebration of Noël Coward’s impact on the culture of his times and how his influence continues today.

DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, 21 November 2020-9 May 2021
Unearthed: Photography’s Roots
The gallery is re-opening with an exhibition exploring the development of photography from the 1840s to the present through botanical images.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, from 24 November 2020
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020
This year the exhibition of the best of contemporary photographic portraiture will be held online.

GUILDHALL LIBRARY, online talk on 26 November 2020 at 2pm
Priceless Peggy Guggenheim
A look at the life of the radical art collector and how she changed the face of twentieth century art.

A list of major exhibitions showing in London during the second half of 2020, can be viewed on our website.


E-Bulletin November 2020