TrAIN Open Lecture - Jonathan Harris – The Utopian Globalists: Artists of Worldwide Revolution 1919-2009.

Open Lecture


TrAIN Open Lecture – Jonathan Harris – The Utopian Globalists: Artists of Worldwide Revolution 1919-2009

This event is free and open to all but places are limited so please RSVP to the TrAIN Administrator, Ellie (

Jonathan Harris has a BA in Art History from the University of Sussex and a PhD from what is now Middlesex University. He has taught at Leeds, Keele, and Liverpool universities, and lectured widely around the world, especially in the US, Australia and Europe. He is Professor in Global Art & Design Studies, and Director of the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design and Media, at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. His most recent publication is ‘Globalization and Contemporary Art’ (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and he is author or editor of more than a dozen other books. The ‘Utopian Globalists: Artists of Worldwide Revolution, 1919-2009’ is due from Wiley-Blackwell in 2012.

This lecture considers a less traced lineage in twentieth century art: artists and groups of artists who explicitly set out ‘utopian global’ and globalizing themes and values in their work, attempting to align themselves with both organized and diffuse movements for radical social change in the world, in the wake of the Russian Revolution and then the turbulent waters of the Cold War. The lecture will set out both the theoretical-historical parameters of this narrative – stretching from Tatlin and the Constructivists to Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the 1990s – as well as sketch in some of the detail forming the material and ideal values of the artists upon which the book is focussed.

Upcoming Open Lectures
Wednesday 16th November – Sabeth Buchmann – Economies of Gender: about the relation of art, architecture, and media culture in Dorit Margreiter’s work
Wednesday 30th November – Sophie O’Brien and Michael Asbury – Lygia Pape: Magnetised Space at the Serpentine Gallery
Wednesday 25th January (co-hosted with Graduate School) – Dr Ethel Brooks, Fullbright Visiting Distinguished Chair (in partnership with the Tate Gallery)
Wednesday 8th February – Guy Brett and Chris Dercon – Remembering Hélio Oiticica’s 1992 Retrospective
Wednesday 7th March – Jacopo Scriveli – Just the Walking: drifting as artistic practice from the ’60s until today
Wednesday 25th April – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 9th May – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 23rd May – Speaker(s) TBC
Wednesday 6th June – Luis Camnitzer – Title TBC

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