Ian Jeffrey, Adrian Rifkin and Tamar Garb; Birkbeck College, UCL, London; 4/3/89

Ian Jeffrey, curator, art historian and writer organised the exhibition being discussed with the title 'La France: images of woman and ideas of Nation 1789 1989' which was first shown at the Hayward Gallery. The exhibition was largely funded by Jeffrey himself, with virtually no corporate sponsorship. Overall it received unfavourable reviews from fellow academics.

Respondents to Jeffry include Adrian Rifkin and Tamar Garb. During the 1970s and 1980s Rifkin established programmes of study in Social History and Cultural Studies and another in Design History and Theory both of which were at Portsmouth Polytechnic. Rifkin brings to the fore the construction of womanhood, and the notion of the 'second sex' for figures such as Simone de Beauvoir.

Tamar Garb, then teaching at Courthauld Institute wrote an article that year titled 'The Formation of a critical category in late 19th century France'. Garb penned an unfavourable review of Jeffry's show in the Oxford Art Journal. Garb's response to Jeffry expresses frustration with Jeffry's arrogant perspective and flat rendering of history.


Accession No. WAA.074
Artist: Ian Jeffrey, Adrian Rifkin and Tamar Garb
Container annotation: La France: Allegories of womanhood in post-revolutionary France
Place/Year: Birkbeck College, UCL, London 4/3/89
Type: Symposium
Release status: CC BY-NC-SA
Technical aspects:
Duration: 01:26:34
Tape capacity: 90'
Tape brand: TDK