When: 21st January 2014, 12 noon – 12:45pm
Where: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, University College London, London WC1E 6BT
What is it?
Egypt Awakened, is a free Petrie pop-up taking place at the UCL Art Museum. The first half of this talk considers Egyptian students who attended the Slade School of Art at UCL, with a focus on the interwar period, and modernist artists in Egypt such as Mahmoud Mohktar. The talk finishes with the rise of Egyptian nationalism and expression of identity, which Mohktar famously reflected, and how this led to a change in the way antiquities were excavated by foreign archaeologists, including Flinders Petrie.
UCL Art Museum has its origins as a teaching and research collection tied to the history of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. Slade was the first school to admit women into the life room and the museum holds examples of early works by pioneering artists such as Gwen John, Dora Carrington, Winifred Knights, Ithel Colquhoun, Diana Cumming, Paula Rego, and Anna Maria Pacheco. Flinders Petrie was an English Egyptologist and pioneer of systematic methodology in archaeology and the preservation of artefacts.
More info: www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/uclart