TrAIN Open Lecture: Professor Stephen Farthing - Plains Indian Drawing: A Sense of Place and Space

Open Lecture


Drawing by Stephen Farthing of Four Horns. Copy of a scene from Sitting Bull’s 1860 Autobiography: Graphite and watercolour on paper 2015

Please note that this event will take place at London College of Communication.

6.00 – 7.30 – Lecture
7.30 – 8.30 – Launch of Thematic Strand

Chaired by Dr Pratap Rughani.

The story starts with a very short description of the beginnings of Plains Indian narrative drawing on rock and hide. It then explores the notion of “place” as a driving force behind autobiography, it goes on to present the historical context that frames late nineteenth century Plains drawing on paper. It then concludes with a set of examples of what are popularly known as “Ledger Drawings”. Using the drawings of Sitting Bull and Four Horns, Farthing explains what these images “may” tell us about the Plains Draftsman’s sense of both space and place.

Professor Stephen Farthing is the Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing at University of the Arts London, a Royal Academician where he is Honorary Curator of the Collections. He is an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. He studied painting at Central Saint Martins (then St Martins School of Fine Art) and the Royal College of Art. His paintings represented Britain at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1989, leading to many further solo shows around the world. His most recent one person show’s include Titian’s Ghosts, National Trust, Ham House, London 2014 and The Back Story was staged in November 2010 at the Royal Academy of Arts.

His recent publications include: Derek Jarman, the sketchbooks, Thames and Hudson, 2013 and Art: the whole story, Thames & Hudson, London, 2010.

Join TrAIN for the Launch of Thematic Strand: Transnational Indigeneity

This term TrAIN embarks on a radical new focus: the resilience of indigenous art and culture. The resilience of indigenous art and its foundational significance in global culture continues to inspire and insist on the retelling of narratives of practice through First Nation and indigenous art and practices that explore indigeneity.

TrAIN wants to develop a contribution to this conversation and offer a dynamic ‘intellectual home’ to help explore the meanings of Transnational Art, Identity and Nation as it unfolds in ‘First Nation’ contexts. How is ‘Nation’ refracted and newly inscribed in these cultural worlds? – worlds where resilience, survival and renewal – for example in First Nation America – is a triumph over Europeans’ attempted genocide of First Nation peoples and cultures.

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