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Reintroducing our Pioneering Women: Dora Gordine

Dora Gordine FRSS (1895-1991)

6.30 - 8.00pm

Royal Society of Sculptors, Dora House, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA

* Due to the current situation surrounding Covid-19, this event has been cancelled - please contact info@sculptors.org.uk for more information

We are pleased to announce the next ‘Reintroducing our Pioneering Women’ event on Tuesday 7th April 2020. The Society’s ‘Pioneering Women’ project aims to shine a light on the lives, careers and legacies of some of our early female members.

This talk by Professor Fran Lloyd will focus on Dora Gordine FRSS (1895-1991), who was made an Associate member of the Society in 1938, and a Fellow in 1949. The Society holds a large amount of material on Dora Gordine, including many photographs of her work such as the one published above, with her handwriting on the reverse.

Gordine was born in Latvia, then lived in Estonia, Paris and London. She settled with her second husband, Richard Hare, in Kingston, at her home and studio Dorich House, which was designed by Gordine herself. Between the wars, Gordine became well-known for her non-European ‘exotic’ portrait heads such as Javanese Head (1930-31) and figurative pieces such as Walking Male Torso (1927-28). Gordine also participated in the 1951 Festival of Britain, as well as receiving public commissions into the 1960s.

Professor Lloyd is Professor of Art History at Kingston University and has published widely on contemporary and modern visual culture. There will also be the opportunity to view material relating to Dora Gordine from the archive of the Royal Society of Sculptors.

Please note that this event will be recorded.

* We are following government advice on coronavirus: guests are encouraged to RSVP so we can contact you in case of postponement or cancellation.


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