Dr Lara Perry is an art historian with specialist research expertise in portraiture, gender and British art.
She explores the cultural history of art - its production, appreciation and collection - with a specific interest in how gender (male and female roles) organises the character and function of art objects.
Lara leads the programme in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton.
Dr Lara Perry is a researcher in the history of British art and art museums. Trained as a feminist and women's historian, she studied for her MA at the University of British Columbia, Canada and for a DPhil from the University of York, UK, as a Commonwealth Scholar. Lara is interested in the interactions between artists, art institutions, and the broader frameworks within which their work might be understood. She has been stimulated by working with students and colleagues from museums, humanities, and fine art backgrounds, and is interested in working across these disciplines. Lara, who previously taught at the University of Southampton (Winchester School of Art) and University of Newcastle, has enjoyed working at the University of Brighton since 2006.
Dr Perry's research explores the cultural history of art - its production, appreciation and collection - with a specific interest in how gender (male and female roles) organizes the character and function of art objects. The objects that interest her range from tiny faded photographs to the biggest museums, but most especially she is interested in portraiture, an art practice that pervades private and public space.
Lara has recently been involved in very exciting project to develop the study of feminism and curating. She was the leader of an international research network exploring feminist curating practices which ran a programme of symposia and seminars held in locations from Washington, D.C. to Tallinn between December 2010 to May 2012, and was funded by the Leverhulme Trust. She co-editied a book of essays on feminism and curating, Politics in a Glass Case - with Angela Dimitrakaki, a member of the research network.
Other major work has been on the history of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and its representation of women in national history, which has been published in Dr Perry's book History's Beauties: women and the National Portrait Gallery, 1856-1900 (Ashgate Press, 2006). Other projects explored portraits in an online project, www.unknownsitter.com, which she co-edited with artist Nicky Bird, and in various other more formal publications including a guest-edited issue of the Canadian art history journal, RACAR.
Lara Perry is currently working on a project which investigates aspects of popular and 'collective' portrait practice, including photographs and public sculpture.
Collaboration with Angela Dimitrakaki on a book/research network project to explore the relationships between feminism and curating in North America
A 'roundtable' discussion on 'Transnational perspectives on women's art, feminism and curating'
Why were portraits of such poor quality (small, and hard to read) so popular that they were produced in the millions in the 1860s?
Considering the nature of the relationship between feminism as a political movement and the museum as an institution
The first element in a book-length project which will examine the art of Victorian England that lies outside the domain of the conventional art object
But is that a portrait? This is the question that emerged from the recently established Portrait Gallery of Canada's collecting policy.
The work of GF Watts exemplifies much of what is most loved, and most loathed, about Nineteenth century English art.
University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts, Civil Partnerships, queer and feminist art and activismÂ
Perry, Lara (2017) The Artistâ€™s Household: On Gender and the Division of Artistic and Domestic Labour in Nineteenth Century London Third Text, 31 (1). pp. 15-29. ISSN 0952-8822
Horne, Victoria and Perry, Lara (2017) Feminism and Art History Now: Radical Critiques of Theory and Practice [Edited Collections]
Richter, Dorothee, Perry, Lara and Krasny, Elke (2016) Editorial, OnCurating in Feminist Thought [Edited Collections]
Dimitrakaki, Angela and Perry, Lara (2013) How to be seen: an introduction to feminist politics, exhibition cultures and curatorial transgressions In: Dimitrakaki, Angela and Perry, Lara, eds. Politics in glass case: feminism, exhibition cultures and curatorial transgressions. Value, art, politics . Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, UK, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9781846318931
Dimitrakaki, Angela and Perry, Lara (2013) Politics in a glass case: feminism, exhibition cultures and curatorial transgressions [Edited Collections]
Perry, Lara (2013) 'A good time to be a woman'?: women artists, feminism and Tate Modern In: Dimitrakaki, Angela and Perry, Lara, eds. Politics in glass case: feminism, exhibition cultures and curatorial transgressions. Value, art, politics . Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, UK, pp. 31-47. ISBN 9781846318931
Dimitrakaki, Angela, Perry, Lara, Huneault, Kristina, Kivimaa, Katrin, Noack, Ruth, Proctor, Nancy, Skrubbe, Jessica SjÃ¶holm, Steorn, Patrik and Uhlyarik, Georgiana (2013) Constant Redistribution: A Roundtable on Feminism, Art and the Curatorial Field Journal of Curatorial Studies, 2 (2). pp. 218-241. ISSN 2045-5836
Perry, Lara (2012) The Carte de Visite in the 1860s and the Serial Dynamic of Photographic Likeness Art History, 35 (4). pp. 728-749. ISSN 0141-6790
Perry, Lara (2012) Feminism in and out of the Art Museum In: Krasny, Elke, ed. Frauen:Museum. Zwischen Sammlungsstrategie und Sozialer Plattform (Women:Museum. Strategies of Collecting and Social Platform). LÃ¶cker Verlag , Vienna. ISBN 9783854096245
Perry, Lara (2011) Transnational perspectives on women's art, feminism and curating University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts.
Perry, Lara and Major-Marothy, Eva (2006) Editor's introduction RACAR - Canadian Art Review, 30 (1-2). pp. 5-8. ISSN 0315-9906
Perry, Lara (2006) History's Beauties: women and the nineteenth-century National Portrait Gallery Ashgate, London, UK. ISBN 0754630811
Perry, Lara (2004) Nationalizing Watts: the Hall of Fame and the National Portrait Gallery In: Trodd, C. and Brown, S., eds. Representations of G. F. Watts: Art making in Victorian Culture. Ashgate, London, Uk, pp. 121-134. ISBN 0754605981
Perry, Lara (2002) Making a modern museum: experience, interpretation and the National Portrait Gallery in the new millennium Visual Culture in Britain, 3 (2). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1471-4787
Perry, Lara (2002) Experience and interpretation: the National Portrait Gallery in the new millenium Visual culture in Britain, 3 (2). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1471-4787
1994 - 98
1994 - 97