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10th December, 2013

Inaugural lecture: Professor Hilary Robinson, Dean of the School of Art & Design at Middlesex

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10th December, 2013
Board Room (C219/C220), College Building, Hendon campus, Middlesex University

The Dean of the School of Art & Design presents her inaugural lecture: Pleasure, Painting, Politics: the Three Graces – or – Why I Like Adélaïde Labille-Guiard’s Self-Portrait with Two Pupils.

About the lecture

Professor Hilary Robinson:

I am not now, nor have I ever been, an Art Historian.

At some time in the 1990s, probably at the time of the College Art Association’s annual conference (which means it was probably February in 1994 or 1997, when the conference was in New York), I saw for the first time Adélaïde Labille Guiard’s Self Portrait with Two Pupils, Mademoiselle Marie Gabrielle Capet (1761–1818) and Mademoiselle Carreaux de Rosemond (died 1788), painted in 1785.

I might not remember the year clearly, but I remember the effect very well: I liked it, a lot. I was drawn to it, intrigued by it and also interested in my strong response to it. So I determined to find out more about it. It turned out that no one had written much on this painting, so, like a detective, I started to research, to find out about the artist and to construct the narrative of the painting’s history.

This lecture is the story that I constructed and is also the story of why I do what I do.

About Hilary Robinson 

Professor Hilary Robinson joined Middlesex as Dean of Art & Design in January 2013. She trained as painter before winning the Allan Lane award for Outstanding Contribution to Cultural Theory for her MA in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art, which she followed with a PhD in feminist art theory.

Amongst others, she has published the anthology Feminist Art Theory 1968-2000, Visibly Female: Women and art today and, outside of academia, the first three editions of the Rough Guide to Venice

Before joining Middlesex, Hilary was Professor of Art Theory & Criticism and Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University.

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