This two-day symposium will consider the state and meaning of scholarship on J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), one of Britain’s most celebrated artists. Thinking through the extensive Turner historiography, this symposium will explore some of the key ideas, underlying assumptions, and future directions of research. Panelists will consider the place of their research within the broader field of British studies.
This symposium will be held online on Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23, 2023.
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Turner Symposium Program
All times are Eastern Daylight Time.
Friday, September 22
Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art
Turner in 2025 at the Yale Center for British Art
Lucinda Lax, Yale Center for British Art
Amy Concannon, Tate Britain, in conversation with Richard Johns, University of York
Moderated by Tim Barringer, Yale University
Panel 1: Works on Paper and in the Environment
Chair: Sarah Mead Leonard, Yale Center for British Art
Turner’s Pencil: Graphite Landscapes and Extractive Industry
Tobah Aukland-Peck, The Graduate Center, CUNY
“To be broken up”: Turner, English Landscape, and the Anthropo(s)cenic
Frédéric Ogée, Université Paris Cité
A Historiographical Lacuna: Turner’s Prints
Gillian Forrester, independent scholar
11:55 am–12:05 pm
Panel 2: Sharing Turner
Chair: Richard Johns, University of York
Technical Studies for Turner: How Well Do We Share Knowledge?
Joyce Townsend, Tate Britain
The J. M. W. Turner Database: New Approaches to Documenting Turner for the 21st Century
Ian Warrell, independent scholar, and David Hill, University of Leeds
Cataloging Turner’s Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Watercolors
Amy Concannon, Hayley Flynn, and Matthew Imms, Tate Britain