Art History Lecture Series presents Richard Hylton

Keeping Up Appearances

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Richard Hylton
London-based independent curator and writer of art criticism

Keeping Up Appearances: Black artists, state patronage and the politics of visibility in Britain

Britain’s ‘love affair’ with multiculturalism had its ups and downs over the years. However, more often than not, when deemed useful, as in the case of the London 2012 Olympics, it rarely fails to be claimed as one of the nation’s defining qualities, setting Britain apart from what is perceived to be a less ‘tolerant’ mindset found in mainland Europe. Britain’s visual arts sector has arguably, in its promotion and celebration of multiculturalism, for many reasons, come to represent a microcosm of establishment attitudes towards notions of ‘plurality’ and ‘difference’. However, what do these attitudes actually amount to?

Charting the recent emergence of ‘affirmative action’ initiatives and policies, Keeping Up Appearances will consider the extent to which Britain’s particular brand of multiculturalism has over the years impacted on and shaped the profile of Black British artists. This lecture will also consider various recent developments in championing ‘culturally diverse arts’ involving institutions such as the Tate, the Institute of International Visual Arts, London (Iniva) and the New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

Date and Time:Oct. 9 | 4:00 PM
Contact: Stacy Brodie
stacybrodie@austin.utexas.edu
512-232-2047
Admission:Free and Open to the Public
Location:ART Building, Room 1.120 Maps and Directions
Sponsor:Department of Art & Art History