Scholarship at Ben Uri

Ben Uri has, at its core, a commitment to accessible scholarship across various levels of academia. We support our senior curators in their research, particularly focusing on refugee and immigrant artists (either first or second generation), thus furthering their international reputations and enabling them to continue to develop their areas of expertise. 

 


 

Ben Uri Research Unit

Our research interests reflect Ben Uri/BURU's  focus on Jewish and immigrant artists and designers in Britain since 1900, with a particular emphasis on those who arrived here during the two main waves of Jewish migration: the first at the end of the 19th/early 20th century from the Russian Pale of Settlement, particularly the so-called Whitechapel Boys - Anglo-Jewish modernists associated with London's East End ghetto; and the second, the so-called Hitler émigrés, who arrived c. 1933-45. Within these two cohorts, we have each developed research interests across a number of national groups in exile (e.g. German, Austrian, Polish, Czech) and on a number of individual artists/designers/art historians, some directly connected with Ben Uri.

  
Sarah Macdougall
Rachel Dickson
Nicola Baird

Director and Head of BURU and Ben Uri Collections

Head of Curatorial Services and Senior Researcher at BURU

Research Officer at BURU

Example available to download in PDF by kind permission of the authors:

Example available to download in PDF by kind permission of the author

Example available to download in PDF by kind permission of the author:

 (London: Ben Uri, 2013)


 

Books Available  to download 

 

  • Arrival Cities: Migrating Artists and New Metropolitan Topographies in the 20th Century. By kind permission of the authors. Including a chapter 'Mapping Finchleystrasse, Mitteleuropa in North West London', contributed by Rachel Dickson and Sarah MacDougall. Open access book information hereDownload PDF of books here.

    • eds., Burcu Dogramaci, Mareike Hetschold, Laura Karp Lugo, Rachel Lee, Helene Roth, 'Arrival Cities: Migrating Artists and New Metropolitan Topographies in the 20th Century' (Leuven, 2020)

 

 


 

 

Articles available to download

 

  • An excerpt from Leo Koenig's Yiddish little magazine Renesans (1920). By kind permission of author.  Download article PDF here

    • Stephen Winsten, (1920), Renesans, Translated by William Pimlott.

  • Genre and Nationalism: Boris Schatz and his school by Ira Rezak, MD. By kind permission of author. Download in PDF here

    • Ira Rezak, (2005), Médailles

 

 


 

Lectures

 

'Insiders/Outsiders': The Ben Uri Art Society and Émigré Artists, 1933-1945. Speaker: Rachel Dickson for the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the The 'Insiders/Outsiders' Festival 2019. By kind permission of IMLR. Watch lecture here.

 

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