27 November, 2019 @ 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Charlotte Salomon produced arguably some of the most powerful and philosophical Modernist art works of the twentieth century in an intensive period of creativity between 1940-42 and yet very few people are aware of her. In this lecture, Griselda Pollock asks why this female Jewish artist, working in exile during the Nazi occupation of Europe, has been maligned and forgotten from Jewish history, Feminist history and Art history.
Trained as the sole Jewish art student and one of the few women students in her officially de-Judaized art school during the Third Reich, Salomon created unrivalled work that reflected her own horrific experiences caused by external political events and personal tragedy, including multiple family suicides. Charlotte’s life was sadly cut short when she was sent to Auschwitz, five months pregnant. Yet Pollock asks where does the art she made belong in our stories, in our histories, in our art history? What do we need to do to see what she did? This fascinating lecture seeks to re-frame Salomon as a pioneering artist working in times of adversity and trauma.
GRISELDA POLLOCK is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CENTRECATH) member of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. Since the 1970s, and especially with the milestone publication, co-authored with Rozsika Parker Old Mistresses, Women, Art and Ideology in 1981, she has been challenging racism and sexism in academic art history and the museum. And expanding our understanding of women’s rich and diverse contributions to art’s diverse histories. Just published is her major monograph on the German Jewish artist (1917-1943) Charlotte Salomon in the Theatre of Memory (Yale, 2018) and several articles on the work of Turner Prize winning African-British artist Lubaina Himid (b.1954) Forthcoming are Is Feminism a Bad Memory? (Verso, 2020), The Case against “Van Gogh”: Memory, Place and Modernist Disillusionment (Thames & Hudson, 2020) and Monroe’s Mov(i)es: Class, Gender, Nation and the agency of Marilyn Monroe (2021).
6 pm: Doors open
6-7 pm: Café is open
6-7 pm: Shop is open
6-7 pm: Galleries are open. Event attendees are welcome to visit the newly opened exhibition Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre? on the third floor.
8-8.15 pm: Book signing
Join us for an extended object talk on 18th Century Jewish Pedlars through depictions from our collection.