Symposium: Re–presenting Kent

Monday, October 7, 2013

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, on view at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery (September 20, 2013 – February 9, 2014) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (March 22 – July 13, 2014), this international symposium brings together scholars and curators to examine the life and career of one of the most influential designers of eighteenth-century Britain. The symposium and related exhibition explore Kent’s art over three decades (1719 – 1748)—a period when Britain was defining itself as a nation. Kent’s versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style of his age and asserted the status of the modern British artist at a time when most patrons and collectors looked to Italy for their art and design. Kent devised a style that catered to alumni of the Italian Grand Tour and recreated the splendors of Roman palazzi.

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Peter N. Miller
Dean and Professor, Bard Graduate Center
Welcome


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Susan Weber
Founder and Director, Bard Graduate Center
William Kent: A Historiography


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Julius Bryant
Keeper of Word and Image, Victoria & Albert Museum
Exhibiting William Kent: Curation and Interrogation


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David Watkin
History of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Hostility to Kent in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Hogarth, Walpole, Blomfield


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Matthew Hirst
Head of Arts & Historic Collections, The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House
A Country House Repository of Design: William Kent in The Devonshire Collection


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David Jacques
Independent Scholar, Sugnall Hall
William Kent and the Landscape Garden




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