History of Art welcomes new postdoctoral fellow
7 October 2009
Dr Kate Nichols joins the department as Henry Moore Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
Kate will be developing her thesis into a new research project, ‘Mass audiences for classical sculpture’, using a range of case studies (including the Crystal Palace) to discuss the social and cultural context of nineteenth-century display of classical antiquities. What happens to the supposedly elite status of classical sculpture once it is readily available to all? How does its status change when exhibited not alongside other ‘museum objects’ but consumer goods and spectacular entertainments? And how has the display of sculpture in the past contributed to our understanding of it today? She is particularly interested in how sculpture figures in debates over design reform, taste, beauty and morality, issues surrounding the ‘appropriation’ of classical images, and ideas about ancient and modern democracy.