Emma Chambers and Dorothy Price will discuss how the experiences of the First World War prompted artists to reconsider both male and female bodies and social roles. They will consider how artists explored male and female experiences of grief and mourning and how the new ways in which women inhabited urban space are manifested in the art of the 1920s. Other topics of discussion will include the ways in which mechanisation affected representation of the male body, and the tension between fragmentation and wholeness in the art of the period in contrasting practices such as collage and realist painting and photography.
This talk will include a private view of the exhibition.
Emma Chambers is responsible for acquisitions, exhibitions and research for British art from 1890–1945. Since joining Tate she has focused particularly on women artists and on émigré artists in Britain, co-curating the exhibitions Migrations (2012) and Schwitters in Britain (2013). Displays have included Focus: William Roberts (2012), BP Spotlight: Sylvia Pankhurst (2013) andBP Spotlight: Women and Work (2013). Emma Chambers is the curator of Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One.
Dorothy Price is an art historian with particular research interests in sexuality, race, gender, women artists, photography, modernism and contemporary art. Outside the University Price regularly collaborate on research and teaching opportunities with museums and galleries. Price is Editor of Art History, a world-leading journal published by Wiley Blackwell for the Association for Art History.