West Dean College
Saturday 24th October 2015, 09:00-17:00
Speakers: Umberto Bellardi Ricci | George Charman | | Mathew Holmes | Dr David R Stent | Francesco Manacorda | Joanna Moorhead | Dr. JoannA Pawlik | Ingrid Gonzalez
Edward James in Mexico: History, Context, Legacy’ is a one-day symposium organised by West Dean College with support from the Edward James Foundation. The symposium will consider the impact Mexico had on James’s life and work, from his earliest visits to the country in 1944 until his death forty years later. The impact of James’s activities in Mexico are yet to be fully explored, in respect to their influence on his ideas, his relations with other artists and craftspeople, and with Mexican culture. Papers from a variety of guest speakers will address a range of subjects, from the creation and impact of ‘Las Pozas’ in Xilitla to James’s enduring friendships with artists associated with Mexico, such as Leonora Carrington. The event will also consider activities preceding James’s presence in Mexico, proposing precursors and associations for his later works, including the ‘Footprint Carpet’ commissioned in 1933 and the unrealised ‘Artichoke House’ design from 1936.
The Old Library, West Dean College: West Dean, North Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ