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RAI Research Seminar: Jonathan Zilberg
Wednesday 13 June 2018, 05:30pm - 07:30pm
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Early Modern Zimbabwean Art History in British Archives

Dr Jonathan Zilberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday 13 June at 5.30 pm

There is a surprising amount of data on the early history of modern art in Zimbabwe to be found in archives in the UK. For instance, in the Central Saint Martins (UAL) and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) records in London, and in the Bodleian in Oxford, there are detailed records of Cyrene mission art history in the late 1930’s through the 1950’s. For the later period, from the late 1950’s through the early 1970’s, there is substantial material on the history of Neo-German African Expressionism and Shona sculpture in the RAI library in the British Museum. In addition to the information to be found in these repositories, there are materials in the Tate, the National Archives, the Ashmolean and the Dean Museum, in the Royal Collection in Windsor as well as in many private collections. There is in all this then a remarkable depth of information concerning the life histories and consequence of the work of two key European enablers in modern Zimbabwean art history, namely Canon Edward Paterson (1895-1974) and Frank McEwen, O.B.E (1907-1994). In this seminar I will discuss these materials and how these two enablers, the artists and their art fit into the larger story of modern British and French art history.

This event is free, but tickets must be booked. To book tickets please go to

Location : Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
United Kingdom