Goodenough Art & Architecture Club

Gay Icons at the National Portrait Gallery

Joe Dallesandro photographed by Paul Morrissey for Andy Warhol's Factory

Joe Dallesandro photographed by Paul Morrissey for Andy Warhol's Factory

Dear all,
The Art and Architecture Club and the Rainbow Club are going to the Gay Icons exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday 17th October, our first trip for the new academic year. We have five places for Rainbow Club members, and five places for Art and Architecture Club members (first come first served). If you are an Art and Architecture Club member, email artnarchclub[[AT]]googlemail[[DOT]]com to book your place. If you are a Rainbow Club member, email rainbowclub[[DOT]]goodenough[[AT]]googlemail[[DOT]]com to book your place. The college will pay for your tickets (usually £4), so it will be free for you.

We’ll meet in the London House lobby at 10.15 am on Saturday morning 17th October, and then walk or bus there. You may also meet us at the National Portrait Gallery, but let us know if you are doing so. Bring your student IDs.

For more info, see the website:
Or read the review in the London Times.

Hope you can join us for this trip,
Eu Jin, Katherine, Alistair, Chris


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October 4, 2009 at 2:23 pm

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Port Talk – Graham Harman on speculative realism


Dear Art and Architecture Club,

We are pleased to announce a Port Talk sponsored by the Art and Architecture Club on Wednesday 8 July, 8 pm, Churchill Room, London House. The speaker is Graham Harman, a major figure in contemporary continental philosophy, author of several recent books on Heidegger and phenomenology (and most recently of the first philosophical monograph in English on Bruno Latour), and professor at the American University of Cairo. He will be speaking on the Speculative Realist movement which he co-founded. See attachment/poster below for more details. Hope you can join us for this special event.

For more info:
See the Wikipedia entry on Speculative Realism:
An article in the art magazine Frieze about Graham Harman:
Another article in the art magazine Frieze about Speculative Realism:

You can also download for free Professor Harman’s excellent book on Bruno Latour; it was published last month by the open-source academic publication house Re:Press —

all best
Eu Jin and Katherine

Download poster (64 kb)

Image above: The Speculative Realists — Graham Harman with Iain Hamilton Grant, Quentin Meillassoux, and Ray Brassier.

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July 2, 2009 at 7:55 pm

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Trip to Waddesdon Manor and Stowe Landscape Gardens

Stowe Landscape Garden, Rotunda, Aphrodite statue
[Image above: Rotunda with statue of Aphrodite at Stowe Landscape Gardens]

Dear Art and Architecture Club

The Art and Architecture Club in collaboration with the Beyond the M25 Club will be making a spring trip to Stowe Gardens and Waddesdon Manor on Saturday 25th April 2009. We plan to spend the morning at Waddesdon Manor and then spend the afternoon and early evening enjoying Stowe Gardens and its parkland. We will leave from outside WGH at 7:45am and shall return by 8pm.

There are 13 places available on the coach that are specially reserved for Art and Architecture Club members, at the lower price of £8 for adults and £6 for children, £4 for infants (reduced from £12/£10/£6 which is the price for the rest of Goodenough College and for non-Goodenough members) – this includes all coach fares and entry to both National Trust properties.

If you would like to reserve a place please email artnarchclub [[AT]] googlemail [[DOT]] com with your name and room number, preferably by Friday 10 April.

Thank you to David and Sarah from the Beyond M25 club for helping us organize this.

Stowe is one of the three or four great eighteenth century landscape gardens of England, arguably second in importance and influence only to Stourhead (which the Art and Architecture Club visited last year). William Kent and Capability Brown both worked on the design. As with Stourhead, the garden is designed in the form of a succession of temples, follies, and bridges over artificial lakes, set into a glorious arcadian landscape (there is also a famous Palladian bridge, which is interesting on the heels of our trip to the Palladio exhibition at the RA). Bring a picnic basket!

Waddesdon Manor is the Rothschild family’s spectacular French Renaissance revival manor house, modelled after the great chateaus of the Loire Valley. A highlight for art and design enthusiasts is the Waddesdon art collection. There are major paintings here by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Rubens, Watteau, and Boucher. Waddesdon’s eighteenth-century French decorative arts collection (Sevres porcelain, furniture, etc) rank in quality, rarity, and comprehensiveness with those of the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, and the Louvre, Paris. Waddesdon has been picked as one of the top ten stately homes to visit in the UK:

A New York Times article about Waddesdon: “England’s Rothschild Chateau”

For an account of the social history of Stowe (and a reminder of the social history of heritage properties in general), see George Monbiot’s recent article in The Guardian newspaper about the eviction of the local working classes to make way for the gardens:

For more professional scholars of eighteenth-century landscape design (with access to academic journals through your university), have a look at the special issue of The Huntington Library Quarterly which has a collection of essays on Stowe Landscape Gardens, Vol. 55, No. 3, Summer, 1992.

Please take a look at these links for even more details and beautiful pictures:

Hope you can join us
all best
Eu Jin

[Image below, top: Stowe. Image below, bottom: Waddesdon Manor.]



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March 30, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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Palladio exhibition at the Royal Academy


[UPDATE: We are going on ANOTHER trip to see the Palladio exhibition at the Royal Academy this Saturday 4 April. Not all of the tickets for today’s (Monday’s) trip were taken, and many of you said that you would have liked to come were it not for the fact that it was a Monday. So we’ve managed to hold over some of the remaining tickets (which happen to be valid till this weekend). If you would like to go this time round, email artnarchclub [[AT]] googlemail [[DOT]] com as fast as you can, preferably by Thursday evening (this time the offer will be open to the whole of Goodenough College, not just Art and Architecture club members).
We will leave from London House reception at 10.30 am on Saturday.]

Dear Art and Architecture Club

We can now announce the new date for the trip to see the Andrea Palladio exhibition at the Royal Academy — Monday 30th March. We have 12 places available.


We leave from the London House reception at 10.15 am on Monday 30th. Unfortunately this is a weekday again, but if any of you are able to take a weekday morning off, it would be great if you could join us.

To book your place, please email artnarchclub [[AT]] googlemail [[DOT]] com with the subject line “Book Royal Academy”. Pls include your room number in your email for our records.

For more information about the exhibitions, see
See also an extended write-up and review of the show in The New Yorker magazine:

all best
Eu Jin


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March 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm

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Figuring Landscapes at Tate Modern


Hello all,
After a break in the year’s schedule for Christmas and a busy January, we’re pleased to announce the next event in the Art and Architecture Club calendar.

We have three complimentary tickets for a screening of British and Australian artists’ film and video at Tate Modern this Saturday 7 February, 5 pm. This screening is part of the weekend-long show Figuring Landscapes, an exhibition of artists’ moving image from UK and Australia, which will tour both countries after its London premiere at Tate Modern. The exhibition comprises five screenings of different programmes of artists’ film and video over the weekend. Though we are unable to get complimentary tickets for the other four screenings, please do go along to any of them if you are interested. Full details below and at the following websites:

Fifty-eight artists are participating, including several current and former representatives to the Venice Biennale The event is partly sponsored by the Australian High Commission in London.

I will be on hand for the Saturday screening (which features this year’s Australian delegate to the Venice Biennale) to represent the curatorial team and to introduce the screening.

A catalogue edited by myself and the two head curators will be on sale.

If you want to come along, please RSVP to artnarchclub [[AT]] googlemail [[DOT]] com by Wednesday night so that we can secure the tickets. Please state your room number when RSVPing. If you are not a student and do not have a student ID card, please let us know.

very best
Eu Jin

Artists’ film and video on themes of landscape from Australia and the UK
Tate Modern, London
Friday 6 February – Sunday 8 February 2009

Figuring Landscapes is a remarkable collection of moving image works that has grown from the political and cultural history that links Australia and the UK. The 58 featured artists address questions of nation and identity as well as ecological survival, post-industrialism, gender, the touristic gaze, and uniquely in Australia the social, political and cultural status of Indigenous people in a post-colonial society.

Friday 6 February: Programme One, 19.00 followed by reception and catalogue launch
Saturday 7 February: Programme Two, 15.00; Programme Three, 17.00; Programme Four, 19.00
Sunday 8 February: Programme Five, 15.00 followed by panel discussion with artists from Australia and the UK chaired by Steven Bode, Film and Video Umbrella

£5 (£4 concessions), Season ticket £20 (£15 concessions). Booking recommended

Programme details & online bookings
or call 020 7887 8888.

Figuring Landscapes is accompanied by a major publication with commissioned essays by Professor Malcolm Andrews, Eu Jin Chua, Professor Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball, Dr. Stan Frankland, Dr. Eric Hirsch, Professor Pat Hoffie and Dr. Danni Zuvela and Professor Ross Gibson.

Participating artists:
Vernon Ah Kee (Australia), Steven Ball (UK), George Barber (UK), Anna Cady (UK), Peter Callas (Aust.), Nick Collins (UK), John Conomos (Aust.), Roz Cran (UK), Daniel Crooks (Aust.), Sergio Cruz (UK), Sofia Dahlgren (UK), Dalziel + Scullion (UK), Destiny Deacon (Aust.), Sarah Dobai (UK), Ann Donnelly (UK), Catherine Elwes (UK), Merilyn Fairskye (Aust.), Allan Giddy (Aust.), John Gillies (Aust.), Shaun Gladwell (Aust.), Dryden Goodwin (UK), Tony Hill (UK), Hollington & Kyprianou (UK), Tammy Honey (Aust.), Hobart Hughes (Aust.), John Hughes & Peter Kennedy (Aust.), Matt Hulse (UK), Esther Johnson (UK), Lyndal Jones (Aust.), Andrew Kötting (UK), Sandra Landolt (Aust.), Mike Latto(UK), Brendan Lee (Aust.), Eugenia Lim (Aust.), David Mackenzie (Aust.), Mike Marshall (UK), Jo Millett (UK), Scott Morrison (Aust.), Matthew Murdoch (UK), Susan Norrie & David Mackenzie (Aust.), David Perry (Aust.), Patricia Piccinini (Aust.), Bronwyn Platten (Aust.), William Raban (UK), Dominic Redfern (Aust.), Emily Richardson (UK), Ben Rivers (UK), Semiconductor (UK), Dan Shipsides (UK), Genevieve Staines (Aust.), Margaret Tait (UK), David Theobald (UK), Warwick Thornton & Darren Dale (Aust.), Jeff Doring (Aust.) and Hugh Watt (UK).

For further information on the works, artists and tour dates, see:
or email

Figuring Landscapes was devised by Catherine Elwes & Steven Ball

Australian Curators: Professor Pat Hoffie & Dr. Danni Zuvela
UK Curators: Professor Catherine Elwes, Steven Ball
Programme advisors: Peter Bonnell & Mark Segal (ArtSway), Eu Jin Chua, Harry Darby, Dr. Stan Frankland, Dr. Eric Hirsch, Stuart Comer (Tate Modern).
Financial Support: Arts Council England, South East; Camberwell College of Art Research, International Centre for Fine Art Research (ICFAR) both at University of the Arts London; Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane; Tate Modern, London; ArtSway, New Forest; Australian High Commission, London; Australian Council for the Arts.

Image above, still from Approach to Mundi Mundi, Shaun Gladwell, 2007, 8:37 mins, 16:9, silent, Australia. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Australia.

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February 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm

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Trip to Royal Academy – Byzantium and Miró, Calder, Giacometti, Braque


Dear Art and Architecture Club

We’re pleased to announce a free trip for up to 8 people to the Royal Academy on Tuesday 16th December, to see two exhibitions: ‘Byzantium’, plus ‘Miró, Calder, Giacometti, Braque’. One of our members, Maria, is kindly arranging for us to see these shows free of charge — thanks Maria!

We leave from the London House reception at 10.15 am on Tuesday 16th. Unfortunately this is a weekday, but if any of you are able to take a weekday off, we would be pleased if you could join us.

To book your place, please reply to this address, preferably by this Friday 12th, with the subject line “Book Royal Academy”.

If all places are not filled by Art and Architecture Club members, we will open the offer up to the rest of Goodenough College. THIS TRIP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

For more information about the exhibitions, see

We have also finally had our annual budget approved, so stay tuned for more trips and events immediately after the Christmas break.

very best
Eu Jin and Katherine



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December 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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A evening of art and architectural films, with after dinner drinks


UPDATE: We can confirm that we will be screening two short films by the Eameses, if there is time, plus Joris Ivens’s classic twelve-minute city symphony film from 1929, Regen (Rain).

Dear Art and Architecture Club / Goodenough College members

You are all invited to a film screening and social this Sunday 23 November, in the Willy G large common room. After dinner drinks will be provided from 8 pm, and the screenings will run through the evening.

The centrepiece of the film screening will be Frank Gehry: An Architecture of Joy, a 58 minute long documentary about the world famous architect of the Bilbao Guggenheim and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. This film is courtesy of a current Goodenough member, Ben Blackwood:

The evening will also feature screenings of artists’ films, many of them by Goodenough members and alumni, including Deirdre O’Dwyer, Katherine Bash, and more.
Since Sunday is also the Art and Architecture Club’s trip to the Cold War Modern exhibition at the V&A, we will also endeavour to screen a couple of films by Charles and Ray Eames, in keeping with the theme, if we have enough time (Charles and Ray Eames feature prominently in the Cold War Modern exhibition).

This evening is open to all Goodenough residents, not just Art and Architecture Club members, so feel free to forward this webpage to friends who might like to come for after dinner drinks, plus a film or five.

Also see

We hope to see as many of you as possible on Sunday night.
all best
Eu Jin and Katherine

Image above: Frank Gehry’s DG Bank Building, Pariser Platz, Berlin.
Image below: Still from Joris Ivens’s Regen, 1929, collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.


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November 21, 2008 at 11:46 pm

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