Swing Time: Serendipitous Conversations about the Rococo - Play

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Swing Time: Serendipitous Conversations about the Rococo - Play

Swing Time: Serendipitous Conversations about the Rococo - Play

Date: Monday 6 December 2021
Times: 19.00–20.00 GMT
Location: Zoom Webinar

Speakers: Monster Chetwynd and Alice Strang, with Dr Yuriko Jackall (Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of French Paintings, the Wallace Collection).

Event Description: In sharp opposition to the architectural and rectilinear motifs of classicism, the rococo aesthetic is populated by sinuous forms inspired by nature. Rocks, shells, leafy branches and sprigs of flowers introduce novelty and a sense of surprise into the furniture, wall panels and textiles of the 18th century. In turn, the unexpected playfulness of these rococo interiors encouraged a certain theatricality and whimsy in the demeanour of those who inhabited them.

Dr Yuriko Jackall, artist Monster Chetwynd and curator Alice Strang discuss the resonance of rococo playfulness in contemporary practice, with special attention to layering, unusual juxtapositions, and the role of performance art as a means for exploring the eccentricities of everyday life.

About the Speakers: Monster Chetwynd is known for her exuberant performances, featuring handmade costumes, props and sets. Chetwynd describes her work as ‘impatiently made’, often re-using cheap materials that are easy to process and use by the many performers she invites to participate, emphasizing the notion of collective development that informs much of the artist’s work.

Alice Strang has over 25 years' experience as a national gallery curator and auction house specialist. She works across the twentieth-century to the present day, with a special emphasis on British — including Scottish — art and women artists. She curated Monster Chetwynd's major presentation at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2018/19, which included the performance Prolific Potato. Strang is a BBC Expert Woman and a Saltire Society Outstanding Woman of Scotland.

About the Series: Fragonard’s Les hasards heureux de l’escarpolette, known in English as The Swing, is a revered painting in the Wallace Collection and one of the most representative works of art of the entire French 18th century. To celebrate the gentle cleaning and restoration of this rococo icon, we have invited five art practitioners and five scholars to participate in a series of virtual conversations inspired by its key themes: Pink, Identity, Fashion, Play, and The Libertine.

Join our guests and Dr Yuriko Jackall, Head of Curatorial and Curator of French Paintings at the Wallace Collection, to discover the influence of rococo art, and The Swing in particular, on artistic production today.#

Read the full talk series description here.

Registration and Location: This discussion will be hosted online through Zoom Webinar. Sign up to the free Swing Time series below. For more information about Zoom, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit www.zoom.us/support.

Talk Recording: This talk will be recorded and will be made available on the Wallace Collection YouTube channel.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
06/12/2021 19:00 20:00

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Online Talk (Free) £0
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