This week we sat down with Professor Douglas Fordham of the McIntire Department of Art. Professor Fordham is the author of British Art and the Seven Years’ War: Allegiance and Autonomy, and he is also a co-editor of Art and the British Empire. Professor Fordham has also had the privilege of giving public lectures at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the British Museum in London.

Some of the questions covered in this episode include:

  1. What do you find to be your main goal as an art historian?
  2. What does Damien Hirst’s new exhibition Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable add or take away from Hirst’s career, and the ways in which we view him as an artist?
  3. What would you have to say about modern art and its value to society?
  4. The seventh section of your class “Art and Money” dwells on “evolving tensions between the local, the national, and the global in fine art.” As an observant of the art scene, as well as of current social, cultural, and political tension both in the U.S. and abroad, what do you see emerging that’s unique (or not unique) to this current frame of time?
  5. Who is an artist that hasn’t gotten the level of recognition that he/she should have received?

And many more!


Thank you again Professor Fordham!

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