Performance | A song of Two Eyeballs presented by Michelle Usher | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Composed by Huw Hallam, Libretto by Michelle Ussher Performed by Darcy Carroll and Zachary McCulloch Based on a short story by artist Michelle Ussher, this ten minute opera is a surreal, psychological romance between two eyeballs, performed by two singers who embody the psyche of Ussher’s porcelain sculptures Camilla, 2014, and Ugo, 2014. Date: Mothers’ Day, Sunday 8 May, 2pm & 3pm Venue: Heide III: Central Galleries, Heide Museum of Modern Art, FREE with admission to Heide. Website: https://www.heide.com.au/events/performance-song-two-eyeballs-presented-michelle-ussher

Eugene Y. Wang lecture at Melbourne Uni|A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond?

Tianjin Railway Station. Ceiling of entrance hall. via wikimedia 秦征 Qin Zheng, 王玉琦 Wang Yuqi, 吴恩海 Wu Enhai, 马园 Ma Yuan, 王小杰 Wang Xiaojie, 高冬人 Gao Dongren (天津美术学院 Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Tianjin)

A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? Professor Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University This lecture is also being presented in Sydney, see this post for more information. This lecture, by renowned scholar of Asian Art, Eugene Wang, will consider the coming together of Western artistic traditions and traditional Chinese culture and legend. As Professor Wang explains in the introduction to his presentation: The daughter of a prehistorical sage-king, so an ancient Chinese tale goes, is accidentally drowned in the Eastern Sea. Her afterlife spirit turns into a vengeful bird with a mission. She picks up—one at a time—a piece of wood or rock from the…

Exhibitions | Janina Green, Pushing the Sky | Horsham Regional Art Gallery

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New exhibitions opening this weekend at Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Both exhibitions run from 6th May until 10th July 2016. Dark Matters: Selected Photographs by Janina Green Photography is always present. One picks up a camera and takes it on their rounds, at times hauling it to unexpected spots—under a waterfall—or setting up scenes for it with models who are close at hand—a daughter, a neighbour. And one way or another, photography seeps into aspects of domesticity, motherhood, reading, teaching high school art, exploring local landscape, all the while reflecting these elements back through a knowing lens. Seeping into such work are also darker observations of sexual politics, theory and psychology. Curated by Naomi Cass & Pippa Milne, from the…

Lecture | A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? – Eugene Y. Wang | University of Sydney

Tianjin Railway Station. Ceiling of entrance hall. via wikimedia 秦征 Qin Zheng, 王玉琦 Wang Yuqi, 吴恩海 Wu Enhai, 马园 Ma Yuan, 王小杰 Wang Xiaojie, 高冬人 Gao Dongren (天津美术学院 Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Tianjin)

A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? Professor Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University This lecture is also being presented in Melbourne, see this post for further information. This lecture, by renowned scholar of Asian Art, Eugene Wang, will consider the coming together of Western artistic traditions and traditional Chinese culture and legend. As Professor Wang explains in the introduction to his presentation: The daughter of a prehistorical sage-king, so an ancient Chinese tale goes, is accidentally drowned in the Eastern Sea. Her afterlife spirit turns into a vengeful bird with a mission. She picks up—one at a time—a piece of wood or rock from the…

Lecture | Emily Pethick – The Artist As…Collaborator | West Space

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West Space in association with the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Brisbane and Curatorial Practice at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) are pleased to present a special lecture by Emily Pethick. Pethick’s lecture is part of The Artist As… a year-long lecture series co-presented by the IMA and Curatorial Practice at MADA. Emily Pethick will speak about the artist as collaborator through examples from The Showroom, a non-profit independent contemporary art space in London. She will discuss some of the artists’ projects produced that have involved diverse forms of participation, as well as in relation to how the organisation works with artists through co-production. The series examines the ways artists move through the world, and how that movement might…

Symposium | Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation | VCA

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A symposium presented by Art & Australia at VCA |Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation This symposium explores and speculates upon the work and legacy of Australian conceptual artist Ian Burn (1939–1993). After graduating from the National Gallery of Art School (now the VCA School of Art), Burn spent much of his career working in the avant-garde scenes of London and New York. He was a key member of Art & Language, a collaborative group who produced the ground-breaking publication  Art–Language and included artists Roger Cutforth, Joseph Kosuth and Mel Ramsden. Returning to Australia in 1977, Burn became involved in the Art Workers Union (AWU), a political and social platform that championed artists’ rights and helped change the landscape and…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 9 Phip Murray | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

Phip Murray Phip Murray is an independent writer and curator and History/Theory Coordinator for RMIT’s Interior Design program in the School of Architecture + Design. Previous roles include Director of West Space (2008-12) and Visual Arts/New Media Associate Producer for the Next Wave Festival (2006). Phip writes often about art, including catalogue texts, artist profiles and other art criticism. She also writes frequently for the National Gallery of Victoria including the books: Frederick McCubbin: The North wind (2015), a book exploring new research into one of McCubbin’s most iconic but mysterious history paintings; Loti Smorgon: A Life With Art (2015), a profile of the art collector, philanthropist and great advocate for Australian contemporary art; and The NGV Story (2011), a…

Call for Sessions | AAANZ 2016 Conference ‘The Work of Art’

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Deadline for the Call for Sessions is May 20th 2016. Call for Sessions The Work of Art invites discussion on how works of art, craft, design and architecture operate and are operated on in different ways and contexts, historically, socially, politically, aesthetically, affectively. Given the location for the conference in Australia’s national capital with its concentration of national cultural institutions we would also welcome sessions on how art is made to work in institutional contexts. Conference sessions might consider issues such as: the function of art in broad social terms its affect, the ways in which art “works upon” its viewers the practice of art and the various processes of creation art in which labour or work is the subject…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | April 29th 2016

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Jobs Australia Gallery Director, Rockhampton Art Gallery – deadline 30th May 2016 Head of Learning & Access, The National Gallery of Australia – deadline 5th May 2016 Curator, Australian Catholic University – deadline 8th May 2016 International Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, University of Edinburgh – deadline 18th May 2016 Postdoc, Legitimation of European cultural heritage and the dynamics of identity politics in the EU, University of Jyväskylä, Finland – deadline 22nd May 2016 Lecturer in History of Art (Post-1945 to Contemporary Art), University of Birmingham – deadline 27th May 2016 Funding Caroline Villers Research Fellowship, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London- deadline 30th May 2016 Monash University: Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Visiting Scholar Program…

Lecture | Marco Polo’s Tomatoes, or on Cross-Cultural Exchange in Early European Art | Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair in Fine Arts

Marco Polo with a caravan. Illustration from the 'Catalan Atlas'. Ar. 1375. Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Marco Polo’s Tomatoes, or on Cross-Cultural Exchange in Early European Art A lecture by Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair in Fine Arts In the last decades, the question of cross-cultural contact and exchange has emerged as a major field of research in Art History and the humanities in general. This work is driven by the need to understand the early history of our own global moment, but it is also part of a larger and more ambitious project: the attempt to write a global history of art, one that does not privilege Western production at the expense of other cultures. The importance of the project is clear, but there are many competing, and conflicting, ideas about how such a history should…

Call for Papers | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Issue 1, 2017

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Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art | Issue 1, 2017   Open Issue Closing: 15 August 2016 Issue editors: Professor Mark Ledbury, University of Sydney, and Rachel Kent, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art is published by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. AAANZ is Australia’s professional body for art and design historians, arts writers, artists, students of art history and theory, and museum professionals. The Journal is Australasia’s principal refereed art history journal. The Journal is dedicated to the study of art history and its various emanations including art practice, theory and exhibition. The editors seek research papers that engage with critical debates and frameworks across art historical and theoretical enquiry within…

Workshops in Reflectance Transformation Imaging in Melbourne and Perth

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The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials with generous support from the Gordon Darling Foundation and from the ADFAS Patricia Robertson Scholarship Fund, is presenting two four-day Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) Workshops. These workshops, led by experts from Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) in San Francisco, will take place at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne from 28 June to 1 July and at the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia from the 5 to 8 July 2016. RTI is a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and color and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. RTI also permits the mathematical enhancement of the subject’s…

Lecture | A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age – Giorgio Riello | NGV International

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A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age, 1500-1800 | Robert Wilson Annual Lecture 2016 | Professor Giorgio Riello, Director of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and Professor of History at Warwick University We are often told that we live in an age of globalization, one of growing homogenization of consumption, increasing communication and cultural and economic integration. Yet the study of material culture suggests that today’s global connectedness is not new. The early modern period (c. 1500-1800) can be seen as the ‘first global age’ as contact between different parts of the world intensified. Explore the artefacts of the first global age and the role of material culture in creating global connectivity with prize-winning…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | April 22nd 2016

Productie van kopergravures, Philips Galle, c. 1598 - c. 1593, Rijksmuseum.

Jobs Australia Deputy Director Engagement, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery – deadline 4th May 2016 Research Fellow – Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia, University of Melbourne – deadline 18th May 2016 Curator (6 months maternity leave replacement), Lismore Regional Gallery – deadline 8th May 2016 International Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Humanities (2 posts), Northumbria University – deadline 12th May 2016 Assistant Professor of Aesthetics and Culture, University of Aarhus – The School of Communication and Culture – deadline 10th May 2016 Early Career Research Fellow in Intangible Cultural Heritage or Materiality of Everyday Life, University of Hertfordshire – deadline 17th May 2016 Associate Professor (Reader or Senior Lecturer) in Fine Art, Plymouth University – deadline 23rd May 2016 Funding Paul Mellon Centre…