Events

TIM BARRINGER

10 March, 2014
6.00 - 7.30pm

EDWARDIAN MODERNITIES AND THE TWOPENNY TUBE: ART AND MUSIC IN LONDON, 1901-1910

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The Power Institute and Sydney Ideas are proud to present a lecture by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University.

Professor Barringer’s lecture takes the form of a picaresque journey across Edwardian London using the then new Central Line underground, alighting at locations associated with both art and music. By looking at the coming together of the visual and verbal, paradigmatic cultural events of the key transitional decade of 1901-1910 can be identified. During this era, Walter Richard Sickert and the Camden Town Group frequented music halls where the vernacular vaudeville revealed a distinctive local blend of music and words. In the City of London, Edward Elgar's portrayal of the busy bluster of the streets and the quiet shadows of the Guildhall appeared in his overture Cockaigne: In London Town. Other stops on the Central Line would have brought people into contact with Suffragettes, Union activists, Vorticist painters, as well as nostalgia for the lost folksong of the English countryside and the lore of the Irish village; before the onset of World War I brought the Edwardian Era, with its diverse musical history, to a tragic close.

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (1999; new edition, 2012) and Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (2005). He is co-author of American Sublime, and co-editor of Art and the British Empire and Art and Emancipation in Jamaica. He is currently completing a book titled Broken Pastoral: Art and Music in Britain, Gothic Revival to Punk Rock and is co-curator of the exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde (Tate, 2012, Washington, Moscow, 2013, Tokyo, 2014).


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TUBE

Location: The Great Hall, The Quadrangle Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney