Engaging with the Humanities: Jim Harris
We work with a number of Oxford's leading Humanities scholar in a series of activities to which we give the broad title 'Engaging with the Humanities'. This series of events is a part of that, and open to all members of the Business School and local Oxford community.
Why bother to look at art?
Art has long been a topic on the agenda in the business world. Investors have always been drawn to the art market, and corporate collections acknowledge the potential for art to project power, wealth and status. Differences in artistic taste often provide individuals and organisations with the foundation of their brand image. None of these, however, require deep engagement with the work of art itself.
In this talk, art historian and teaching Curator Dr Jim Harris will argue that art can be useful to business and business leaders in ways that go beyond the adornment of corporate HQs or the massaging of corporate egos.
About the speaker
Dr Jim Harris trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and spent over a decade in music, theatre and television before applying the handbrake and returning to study. He took his BA, MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he held postdoctoral and research fellowships before coming to Oxford in 2012. Although a specialist in late-medieval and Renaissance sculpture, he spent eight years as a director of a contemporary art gallery, is chair of trustees for an architectural education charity and writes and teaches internationally about teaching with objects. He is Founding Partner of the first-ever spinout business from the Ashmolean with Oxford University Innovation and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 2. He is a season ticket holder at Dulwich Hamlet FC.
About the event
Please remember that registration is required to attend this event. The seminar is open for anyone to attend and will take place at the School. Registration will open at 12pm with lunch served from 12-12.15pm, the talk beginning promptly at 12.15pm and finishing at 1.15pm.
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