Curatorial Conversations

Curatorial Conversations is a series of lectures which invites curators from around the world to share their knowledge and experience.


Curatorial Conversations invites museum directors and makers of recent exhibitions at world-leading museums and galleries to the Warburg to discuss their work. The conversations, led by academics at the Warburg Institute, discuss the issues of setting the directorial or curatorial agenda and staging meaningful encounters with objects. The series is designed to draw out discussion of the discoveries made, challenges tackled and the lessons learned in heading a collection and putting together internationally renowned exhibitions.


Pandemic Objects

20 October 2020, 5.30-7.00pm | Brendan Cormier (Senior Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum) in conversation with Professor Bill Sherman (Warburg Institute)​

Pandemic Objects is an editorial project that compiles and reflects on objects that have taken on new meaning and purpose during the coronavirus outbreak. During times of pandemic, a host of everyday often-overlooked ‘objects’ (in the widest possible sense of the term) are suddenly charged with new urgency. Toilet paper becomes a symbol of public panic, a forehead thermometer a tool for social control, convention centres become hospitals, while parks become contested public commodities. By compiling these objects and reflecting on their changing purpose and meaning, Pandemic Objects aims to paint a unique picture of the pandemic and the pivotal role objects play within it.

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5 November 2020, 5-6pm | Letizia Treves, Curator of Artemisia in conversation with Professor Michelle O'Malley (Warburg Institute).

Forgotten for centuries, Artemisia was essentially rediscovered in the 20th century. Feminist interest in her work has led to her being championed as an inspirational figure of resilience and unbowed creativity in the face of exceptionally challenging odds. But certain elements of her biography, particularly her rape as a young woman, have sometimes obscured discussions of her artistic development and the resourceful ways she created market demand for her pictures. This exhibition, the first dedicated to the artist in the UK, brings together many of her greatest works to consider Artemisia more fully ‘in the round’ and to celebrate a life unique in art.

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The Raphael Cartoons at the V&A

19 November 2020, 5.30-7.00pm | Dr Ana Debenedetti (Victoria and Albert Museum) in conversation with Warburg Deputy Director Michelle O’Malley

Ana Debenedetti talks to Warburg Deputy Director Michelle O’Malley about the V&A’s new installation of the celebrated Raphael Cartoons in the Museum’s Raphael Court. This event is also part of the Raphael 500 series.

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