Why bother to look at art? | University of Oxford

Why bother to look at art?

Speaker
Jim Harris
Event date
Event time
12:15 - 13:15
Venue
Saïd Business School
Park End Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 1HP
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

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.

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.