Henry Moore’s Shelter Drawings: Vulnerability and Community

Henry Moore’s images of people sheltering in London’s Tube during World War II are often discussed as images of strength in adversity. However, Moore’s intention was to capture human vulnerability in a time of uncertainty. When did the meaning of these images change? This lecture explores Moore’s ‘Shelter Sketchbook’, the artist’s feelings for his subjects and how, over time, the artist’s intention was lost to suit a more heroic narrative. 

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Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. Sarah is currently a lecturer at the University of Arts London and Coordinator for City Lit’s Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah’s current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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