Edward James in Mexico:
The Cinema (El Cinematografo) at Xilitla. Photography, from left to right: Plutarco Gastelum c. 1960s; Mathew Holmes 2007; Mathew Holmes 2014

Edward James in Mexico: History, Context, Legacy
The Old Library, Saturday 24 October 2015, 9.30am-5pm

This event will consider the impact of Mexico upon the life and work of West Dean College founder, Edward James, from his earliest visits to the country in 1944, until his death forty years later. Papers from a variety of guest speakers will address a range of subjects, including the creation and impact of ‘Las Pozas’, Xilitla, to James’s enduring friendships with other artists associated with Mexico, such as Leonora Carrington. The event will also consider activities preceding James’s presence in Mexico, proposing precursors and associations for his later work. A unique publication relating to the theme of the event will be launched after the symposium.


09:00-09:30 Welcome & Registration

09:30-09:40 Introduction by Francine Norris (Director of Education, West Dean College)

Panel 1

09:40-10:10 Umberto Bellardi Ricci (Architectural Association School of Architecture)
‘What we can learn from Edward James: Experimentations in Mexico in the 21st century’

10:10-10:30 Ingrid Gonzalez (University of Sussex)
‘Photographs of Los Pozas: Edward James’s Vision’

10:30-11:00 George Charman (Artist)
‘Artichoke House’

11:00-11:20 Panel 1 Discussion and Q&A

11:20-11:30 Break

Keynote 1

11:30-12:30 Mathew Holmes (Director of Las Pozas, Xilitla) including Q&A

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Panel 2

13:30-14:00 Dr. David Stent (West Dean College)
‘Polyhedra and the Architecture of Edward James’

14:00-14:20 Conservation of Books and Library Materials (West Dean College)
‘Footprints to Mexico’

14:20-15:00 Dr. Joanna Pawlik (University of Sussex)
‘From snob to S.NOB: Edward James turns fifty in Mexico’

15:00-15:30 Panel 2 Discussion and Q&A

15:30-15:45 Break

Keynote 2

15:45-16:45 Francesco Manacorda (Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool) and Joanna Moorhead (Journalist and Author)
In Conversation + Q&A

This event is free but booking is essential. For more details, please contact:
T: 01243 818305