Conference |Society of Architectural Historians 2016 Annual International Conference | Pasadena April 2016

image The SAH 2016 Annual International Conference will take place in Pasadena/Los Angeles, April 6-10, with the theme New Local/Global Infrastructures. The conference will engage participants from around the world with the rich, evolving legacy of the region’s built environment. With the scheduled completion of the Metro Expo Light-Rail Line west to Santa Monica in early 2016, Pasadena will be connected to downtown LA and the rest of Los Angeles County. This infrastructure, building on historic right-of-ways, will provide new ways to see the broad range of the region’s architecture and urbanism. The conference will include 42 sessions on built environment topics from antiquity to the critical present, roundtables, tours of the region’s architecture and landscapes, and more. UCLA professor…

CFP | Call for Sessions for Society of Architectural Historians, Glasgow, 2017


Call for Sessions: Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference Conference Chair: Sandy Isenstadt, SAH 1st Vice President-Elect, University of Delaware Submission Deadline: January 16, 2016 At its 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, SAH will offer a total of 36 paper sessions. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters, and partner organizations, to chair a session at the conference. As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the conference, non-members who wish to chair a session will be required to join SAH at the time of submitting a proposal. Since the principal purpose of the SAH Annual International Conference is to inform conference attendees of the…

Reminder | Early bird Conference Registration for AAANZ 2015 closes October 9th


A reminder that early bird conference registrations close this Friday 9th October. This year there is a joint registration for the AAANZ Conference and the Asia Pacific Triennial Conference. You can also register just for the AAANZ conference. See full details of costs and deadlines here. The Annual Conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, 24-25 November 2015. The conference venue will be Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and is hosted by The Brisbane Consortium for Visual Arts (a collaboration between art history/theory departments at The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and QAGOMA). Image Space Body After the many ends of art history, we begin again. The conjunction of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery…

Exhibition | Ronnie Van Hout; Martine Corompt and Philip Brophy | CCP

Image: Ronnie van Hout
Creature Mummy 2015
detail from The Dark Pool
PhotoTex polyester fabric, 100 x 80 cm, courtesy the artist

Exhibition Dates: 2nd October 2015 to 15th November 2015. CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy New exhibitions have opened at CCP in Fitzroy. Official opening next weekend with talks from the artists. Saturday 10 October 2015 | Opening: 12pm | Free Artist Floor Talks: 1pm Gallery 1 | Ronnie van Hout | The Dark Pool Presented by Centre for Contemporary Photography in association with Melbourne Festival. In his latest exhibition, New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout considers the point where art crosses a line—and society turns against it. In 1971, successful American toy company Aurora and acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick both released products into the world that generated strong negative reactions. A firestorm of controversy saw Aurora close its doors,…

Lecture | Re-imagining Heritage Interpretation: Enchanting the Past-Future – Russell Staif | University of Melbourne


The lecture will canvas the issues raised in the speaker’s recent book, Re-imagining Heritage Interpretation; Enchanting the Past-Future (Ashgate, 2014). One of the peculiar features of the so-called ‘heritage industry’ is the separation between art galleries, museums and cultural heritage as fields of knowledge production. The latter lags behind the museum/art gallery sector partly because of institutional borders and bureaucratic silos and yet all three make claims about protecting ‘things’ from the past for the present/future. All three sectors ‘do’ conservation, education, research and stage/perform the material for visitors. Interpretation of objects/places/monuments for visitors/tourists, while common across all heritage sites (whatever the definition), has at non-museum heritage sites been locked into an information/education/on-site learning paradigm for decades. A critique of…

Digital Art History Workshop at ANU – Mobility Grants for Postgrads


ANU is offering five mobility grants for post-graduate students to attend an afternoon workshop on the use of digital technologies in the study and research of art and visual culture at the Australian National University on Tuesday, 3 November 2015. Five grants of $100, generously provided by the Power Institute at The University of Sydney, are aimed to subsidise the cost of transportation for interstate students to attend the workshop led by Dr Glenn Roe, Centre for Digital Humanities Research, ANU and Dr Robert Wellington, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, ANU, with a panel of international and interstate participants including: Dr Niall Atkinson, University of Chicago Professor Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University Dr Hussein Keshani, University of British Columbia…

Exhibition | Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes | NGV International

We inhabit the corrosive littoral of habit 1940
oil on canvas
40.7 x 51.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Anonymous gift, 1941
© Courtesy of the artist

Exhibition Dates: 9 Oct 15 – 31 Jan 16 at the National Gallery of Victoria Australia. Opening weekend events include a talk by Peter Ellis, surrealist artist and RMIT Associate Professor, artist Peter Daverington and talks from the Curator’s Collective with NGV curators Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art; Elena Taylor, Curator; Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art; Alisa Bunbury, Curator, Prints and Drawings; and Danielle Whitfield, Curator, Fashion and Textiles. See the website for full details and times – Surrealism was one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century. Noted for their experimental and playful approaches, Surrealist artists sought to challenge artistic conventions, opening their work to unexpected results and to the accidental image. Through techniques such…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | October 1st 2015

A day early this week as it is a public holiday in Victoria – Ed. Jobs Senior Conservator – Paper, Australian War Memorial – deadline 13th October 2015 Senior Curator Published and Digitised Collections, Australian War Memorial – deadline 5th October 2015 Practice-based Postdoctoral Position in Contemporary Arts Practice, University of Aarhus – deadline 2nd October 2015 Newby Trust Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge, Newnham College – deadline 30th October 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship, 6 months (Weimar) – deadline November 15th 2015 Funding PhD Research Scholarship from 2016 in Spatial, Performing & Visual Arts, University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture & Design – deadline 31st October 2015 Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies (New York) various grants see website for details…

Lecture | Design and Violence – Paola Antonelli | NGV International

Paola Antonelli. Copyright Robin Holland. Image via

Design has a history of violence. Aside from commercial and aesthetic successes, many design objects have ambiguous relationships with violence, challenging us with moral ambiguities and inconsistencies. MoMA curator Paola Antonelli explores how design can provide extraordinary insight into society and human nature, uncovering the dark side of the world’s ‘second oldest’ profession. Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator, Architecture and Design and Director of Research and Development at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Antonelli’s work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, advocating for often overlooked objects and practices. Antonelli recently began adding to the MoMA Collection a range of important contemporary designs – videogames, the @ symbol and Google Map drop pin. Speaker Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture…

Call for Entries | New Media Art Award and Exhibition: Screengrab | James Cook University

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S C R E E N G R A B 7  – International Media Art Award Deadline: Sunday November 01 2015 23:59 AEDT Exhibition Opens: Friday December 18 2015 18:30 AEDT 2015 Theme RESISTANCE  | 1st Prize AU$10,000 SCREENGRAB is now entering its seventh year with an international call out for the AU$10,000 Media Arts Prize and the companion exhibition to be held in December 2015 for short listed applicants. SCREENGRAB is looking for challenging and provocative works by media arts practitioners and theorists working in screen based media on the theme of RESISTANCE.  All interpretations of resistance will be considered: the politics of resistance, the physics of resistance, the messiness of resistance, the urgency of resistance – and all…

Talks | Echo Chamber: Emerging Research on Photography | CCP

Image: Jane Brown, Decommissioned Art History Library, University of Melbourne, 2012-2013, courtesy of the artist.

CCP’s Echo Chamber represents a series of occasional, ongoing public programs showcasing current emerging research in all areas of photography, including historical research, technology, communications and contemporary discussion. Date: Wednesday 7 October, 6pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy Applications to present research for future Echo Chamber public programs are welcome. CHAIR Michelle Mountain, Gallery Manager, Centre for Contemporary Photography SPEAKERS HUGH HUDSON | The Backwards Glance: Art History and Australian Photography Taking as its point of departure Helen Ennis’ 2011 article ‘Other histories: photography and Australia’, this presentation will look at how Art History as a discipline has and has not contributed to our understanding of Australian photography, and how, in any case, photographers in Australia have engaged…

Exhibition | Technologism | MUMA

Jan Dibbets
TV as a Fireplace
video on television set 
distributed by LIMA, Amsterdam

Exhibition Dates: 3 October – 12 December 2015 Opening function: Saturday 10 October 2015, 3-5pm Curated by Charlotte Day Artists Cory Arcangel (US), Dara Birnbaum (US), Chris Burden (US), Ian Burns (AU), Antoinette J. Citizen (AU), Simon Denny (NZ), Jan Dibbets (NL), Aleksandra Domanović (SI/DE), Harun Farocki (DE), Benjamin Forster (AU), Isa Genzken (DE), Greatest Hits (AU), Martijn Hendriks (NL), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US), Matt Hinkley (AU), Jenny Holzer (US), Edward Kienholz & Nancy Reddin Kienholz (US), Oliver Laric (AT), Mark Leckey (UK), Scott Mitchell (AU), Rabih Mroué (LB), Henrik Olesen (DK), Nam June Paik (KR/US), Nam June Paik & John Godfrey (US), Joshua Petherick (AU), Matte Rochford (AU), Jill Scott (AU), Richard Serra (US), John F. Simon Jr. (US),…

News | NGV to open both locations seven days a week from 5th October

Summer Architecture Commission by John Wardle at NGV International
Photo: John Gollings

From the NGV news that both NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square will now be open daily, 9am to 5pm. Currently open six days a week, NGV Australia will now open on Mondays and NGV International will open on Tuesdays. Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘We are delighted that people will have the opportunity to spend more time at the NGV. There is a wonderful and lively program over spring and summer, and visitors can enjoy a range of exhibitions and free activities, from listening to live music under our recently launched Summer Architecture Commission by John Wardle Architects in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International or taking in…

Lecture | Scorn, Greed, Malevolence & Mischief: Goya’s graphic expression of emotions – Deanna Petherbridge | University of Melbourne

Francisco Goya, No es siempre bueno el rigor, 1816-1820 c.

This presentation will examine the consummate skill with which Goya represents emotions in his late private albums and some of the print series associated with these drawings. From 1795-6 Goya borrows the figure of the bruja or witch as an historically subversive topos for portraying his disgust with a corrupt clergy, monarchy and cruel social order. As the proportions of his figures change in the album drawings so his ability to suggest subtlety of facial and bodily emotions in his brush and pen work deepens. Language also becomes more intense for Goya, isolated by his total deafness, and the texts appended to drawings and prints are variably metaphoric, playing with language/visual puns or seeming blocks to clarity of meaning. Like…