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WHEN: April 25, 2018 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Organized by the faculty of the MA in Contemporary Art (MACA) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, MACA Contemporaries is a series of talks dedicated to research and practice in the field. The talks provide a forum for scholars and practitioners to discuss their ideas and projects before an audience comprised of scholars, students and members of the public.

In this talk, art historian Pandora Syperek will discuss her research into the historical gendering of objects on display in the Natural History Museum and how this is reflected in the Museum’s current exhibition program, particularly in regards to ecology. She will examine how select contemporary artists respond to the order of nature presented in the Museum.

Pandora is an art historian currently producing her first monograph, Jewels of the Natural History Museum: Gender, Display and the Nonhuman, 1851-1901. From 2016-2017 she was postdoctoral fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, where she developed this research stemming from her PhD in the History of Art, UCL (2015). Pandora has published book chapters on the Blaschka glass models of marine invertebrates, censorship of the nude in Interwar Canadian painting and the influence of the Victorian supernatural on contemporary art, and has written for various journals and magazines on contemporary art and curation. She has presented her research internationally and has taught on modern and contemporary art and exhibition practices at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, UCL and York University, Toronto.