The concepts of ‘art’ and ‘revolution’ intersect in many and various ways. This year’s University of Bristol Autumn Art Lecture Series explores some of them. It does this in the year of the centenary of one of the world’s most profound revolutions, that of Russia in 1917 – the lecture on this, given by John Milner the curator of the Royal Academy exhibition (2017), takes place on its exact anniversary, according to the Gregorian calendar – 7 November (25 October Julian). Other lectures address art and the Chinese cultural revolution (Robert Bickers), the visual culture of the French revolution (Valerie Mainz) and more diverse revolutionary topics such as the representational revolution of the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art (at Tate Britain 5 April – 1 October 2017), given by its curator Clare Barlow; the revolution in the presentation of art on television represented by Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation in 1969, given by the presenter of the new series Civilisations David Olusoga. We start with the American artist Molly Crabappletalking about the role of contemporary art as weapon of protest and revolution (illustration above). This event forms part of the build-up programme for the Festival of the Future City.

All the lectures are FREE but booking is required. Find out more here.

For more information on all forthcoming events in the festival, go to the What’s On section of the website. You can hear audio-recordings of many of our past events on SoundCloud. Some of our events can also be watched on YouTube and there are photos on Flickr.

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