Association for Art History | Annual Public Lecture

3 October 2019

The Heart of the Home: The Design and Material Culture of the Modern Kitchen
6 – 7 pm, Thursday 3 October
The Whitworth, Manchester
Free, public event – open to all
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Speaker: Deborah Sugg Ryan,  Professor of Design History and Theory

This year the Association for Art History’s Annual Public Lecture will take place in partnership with the Department of Art History and Cultural Practices, University of Manchester and The Whitworth as a Whitworth Studies event. The 40-minute talks are designed to show how the practice and history of art and design can help us think differently and see differently about the world around us.

We are delighted that Deborah Sugg Ryan will be this year’s speaker. Deborah is Professor of Design History and Theory and Associate Dean at the University of Portsmouth. She also presents on the BBC series, ‘A House Through Time’.

For this event Deborah will talk about the evolution of the design, equipment and use of the modern domestic kitchen as both an actual room and an imagined space. She will look at the changing practices of work done in kitchen, throwing class and gender roles into focus. Her talk will explore how the kitchen has evolved through time, influenced by ideology, socio-economic, cultural, architectural and design visions, and practical conditions. For instance, the kitchen as a space for food preparation, eating and a general ‘lived in’ space. As well as the kitchen as a separate, functional ‘working’ space purely for cooking, cut off from the rest of the house to avoid the smells and fumes of cooking, and contact with servants. The talk will unpick the ideals from the lived realities of the kitchen.

Who is this event for?

This talk would be of interest to those interested in art, architecture, design and material culture as well as social and cultural history, and women’s history. This evening talk is free and open to all.

FREE event but please pre-book tickets via our Eventbrite page
Please pre-book your free tickets ahead of the event so that we have an idea of how many people are attending. Free tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

About the Speaker

Deborah Sugg Ryan is Professor of Design History and Theory and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses on the history of the design and material culture of the home. She is author of Ideal Homes, 1918-39: Domestic Design and Suburban Modernism (Manchester University Press). She was an advisor to the V&A’s current exhibition Food: Bigger Than the Plate and wrote ‘From “smart” kitchen to “kitchenism”’ for the catalogue. Deborah is series consultant and a presenter of the BBC2’s series ‘A House Through Time’.

Other points of note

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