Join us for: 2021 Octavia Elfrida Saunders Memorial Lecture: Black Artists and the Fetishisation of the 1980s

25 January 2021

The School of Art History at St Andrews University is proud to present the 2021 Octavia Elfrida Saunders Memorial lecture. For more info you can visit this events page.

'Over the course of the past decade and a half, there has been an acceleration of what I would describe as the fetishisation of the 1980s. It is a decade that has come to be closely associated with a limited number of Black British artists whose work came to prominence in what has been dubbed the ‘Critical Decade’. But while some artists have prospered through an acceleration of the 1980s remembering of their work, others, who similarly emerged into visibility during the same broad period, are accorded no place in these revisionist narratives. What are the consequences and implications of the persistent advancement of arguably partial scholarship and curatorial attention? If ‘context’ within art history is all-important, what are we to make of scholarship and curatorial framings in which the 1980s exists as a sole context? To what extent might we speculate on wider lessons that might be learned within art history?'

Professor Eddie Chambers’s lecture will be introduced by Dr Katie Eagleton, Director of Libraries and Museums at St Andrews.

The 2021 Saunders Lecture will be taking place on Microsoft Teams and will be joinable at 6.30pm on the 3rd February using the link below.

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