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28 November 2018

Radical pedagogies for changing times: or: why I like Adélaïde Labille-Guiard's Self-Portrait

Presented By Professor Hilary Robinson

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Inaugural Lectures - Autumn 2018 Series

Hilary Robinson
Professor of Feminisim, Art and Theory
School of the Arts, English and Drama

"When I first saw Adélaïde Labille-Guiard’s Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, Mlle Marie Gabrielle Capet and Mlle Carreaux de Rosemond (1785), I was already familiar with its image from books and cards, but seeing the actual painting had unexpected impact. I liked it. More than that, it stuck in my mind. But why did I like it so much? I resolved to find out more about it."

This lecture traces that exploration, and asks: What did I see in that painting that prompted that reaction? What are the uses of archival art history today? How can we look at, understand, and still identify with and relate to a painting that is now over 230 years old? What are politicized, feminist, practices of art history? What can the painter of that work, from revolutionary France, teach today’s artists and teachers about radical pedagogies?

Image: Professor Hilary Robinson

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