Re-enactment of Ruskin's famous Lecture - "The Discovery and Application of Art"
Monday 8 July 2019, 6.30pm–8.30pm
Actor and art historian Paul O’Keeffe recreates John Ruskin’s famous lectures.
In July 1857 John Ruskin delivered A Joy Forever, two lectures in Manchester presented over two evenings. These lectures, sub-titled ‘The Discovery and Application of Art’ and ‘The Accumulation and Distribution of Art’ will be re-enacted at The Portico Library and Manchester Art Gallery respectively during the Ruskin in Manchester festival.
A Joy Forever coincided with the spectacular ‘Art Treasures of Great Britain’ exhibition at Old Trafford. A collection of over 16,000 works of art, it was the largest exhibition ever held in this country and possibly the world. Far from congratulating the organisers on their ambitious enterprise, Ruskin’s theme was political economy.
In the first lecture Ruskin challenged his audience on their complicity, through the money spent on fashion, in the suffering of an exploited workforce.
‘The Discovery and Application of Art’
The Portico Library
8 July 2019, 6:30pm
Please book via The Portico Library and Eventbrite for the first Lecture
Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition