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ADRI research seminar: Anne Massey
Thursday 15 November, Room CG51, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University

ADRI research seminar with Anne Massey (Middlesex University):

Out of the Ivory Tower: the Independent Group and Popular Culture

The talk will critique the historiography of the Independent Group in terms of the 'Fathers of Pop' and Neo-Avant Garde trajectories. I will challenge the masculinist hegemony of of these dominant modernist readings of modern culture, with their emphasis on patrilineage and the male genius. I want to suggest instead, a more inclusive reading of the history of the Independent Group which locates the work within the context of design and popular culture.

About the presenter:

Anne Massey is a design writer and researcher who looks at the overlooked. She is founding editor of the Berg journal, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture and Research Associate, ICA Archives. She is the leading expert on the interdisciplinary history and contemporary significance of the Independent Group. She has written seven books - Interior Design of the Twentieth Century (Thames & Hudson); Blue Guide: Berlin and Eastern Germany (A & C Black); The Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945-59 (Manchester University Press); Hollywood Beyond the Screen: Design and Material Culture (Berg); Designing Liners: Interior Design Afloat (Routledge); Chair (Reaktion) and Out of the Ivory Tower: The Independent Group and Popular Culture (Manchester University Press). Anne has appeared on BBC4 and Channel 4 television, as well as BBC Radio 4. She has lectured widely in museums, galleries, colleges and universities in the UK, France, Holland, Italy and the USA.

Anne studied at the University of Northumbria (then Newcastle Polytechnic) for a BA (Hons) History of Modern Art and Design and then a PhD on ‘The Independent Group: Towards a Redefinition’, awarded in 1984. She has supervised seven MPhil/PhDs to completion on aspects of design and has examined ten. She has secured funding from the AHRC, British Academy, Paul Mellon Foundation and the Scouloudi Foundation. This includes two collaborative doctoral awards with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Location: Room CG51, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University London

Time: Thursday 15 November from 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Light refreshments are available.


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