Monthly Archives: September 2010

Funding – The Anne van Biema Fellowship

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Funding The Anne van Biema Fellowship The Anne van Biema Fellowship was established by bequest to promote excellence in research and publication on the Japanese visual arts. Fellowships support research at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Research proposals are evaluated in terms of merit, originality, methodology, and potential for significant publication that will advance scholarly and public understanding of the Japanese visual arts. Interdisciplinary proposals with a primary focus on Japanese visual arts are considered. Awards are made to scholars at the post-doctoral or equivalent professional level for periods of two to twelve months, and are not renewable. The maximum stipend of $42,000 per annum will be prorated…

Call for Papers – ‘French Theory : reception in the visual arts in the United States between 1965 and 1995′ (Brussels, May, 2011)

French Theory : reception in the visual arts in the United States between 1965 and 1995 Brussels, 12-14 May 2011 Summary There are many American artists, active in the second half of the twentieth century, whose practice and theory have been infuenced by philosophy, literary studies and social sciences. In this regard, several French scholars have benefited from early sustained interest. Among these are major figures such as Lévi-Strauss, Barthes, Bourdieu, Foucault, Lacan, Althusser, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Derrida or Deleuze. Many thinkers whose  writings have come to constitute the corpus of the so-called French Theory. This symposium intends to study the reception of this French thought in the field of the American visual arts from 1965 until 1995. Call for papers…

Call for Papers ‘Aesthetics and Techniques of Lines between Drawing and Writing’ (Florence, 2011)

Call for Papers Aesthetics and Techniques of Lines between Drawing and Writing International Conference (CIHA Colloquium), Florence 30 June – 2 July 2011 Lines and lineaments are fundamental concerns in many cultures. They can be constitutive elements of pictorial and scriptural systems, as well as a combination of both. Lines can separate or intersect, they can connect or link. Drawn, inscribed, incised or woven into a surface they create or articulate space, denote orientation or movement, they present or represent, they signify or carry out meaning, they cancel or cross out. Lines are, geometrically spoken, one-dimensional, but in scripture and drawing they are material as is the ground on or in which they appear. In this sense one can speak…

Lecture – Chris McAuliffe ‘On fibbing considered as one of the fine arts’

UPDATE: RSVP extended to October 14th. The La Trobe University Alumni Art History Chapter presents, with the National Gallery of Victoria, the thirteenth annual Rae Alexander Lecture Dr Chris McAuliffe Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art (University of Melbourne) On fibbing considered as one of the fine arts Art, according to Picasso, is ‘the lie that tells the truth’. Artists demonstrate their talent for elegant fibbing both in their art and the comments they make upon it. Why are we so willing to accept without question the ‘beautiful lies’ that artists produce? And how does art history navigate truth and untruth in art? Dr Chris McAuliffe is Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne.…

Funding – Getty Research Institute Fellowships 2011-2012

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Getty Research Institute Fellowships 2011-2012 Theme – Artistic Practice Deadline for applications November 1 2010. Artists mobilize a variety of intellectual, organizational, technological, and physical resources to create their work. This scholar year will delve into the ways in which artists receive, work with, and transmit ideas and images in various cultural traditions. At the Getty Research Institute, scholars will pay particular attention to the material manifestations of memory and imagination in the form of sketchbooks, notebooks, pattern books, and model books. How do notes, remarks, written and drawn observations reveal the creative process? In times and places where such media were not in use, what practices were developed to give ideas material form? In the ancient world, artists left…

Funding – Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship (University of Wales)

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Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship University of Wales, Trinity Saint David – Department of Archaeology, History and Anthropology The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, has been awarded a one-year visiting fellowship for an overseas scholar to participate in the academic life of the department within the following subject area. The topic is medieval and interdisciplinary, related to the subjects of history, archaeology, architectural history and art history. We have currently two major research projects to which this appointment will be related: Monastic Wales under the direction of Professor Janet Burton (TSD) and Dr Karen Stöber (Aberystwyth University), and the Strata Florida Project under the direction of Professor David Austin (TSD). The projects are closely inter-related and explore the ways in which…

Call for Papers – Portraiture: Mobilsation and Consolidation (Marburg, June 2011)

Call for Papers Portraiture: Mobilization and Consolidation Marburg, June 23-25, 2011 Organizers: Eva Krems, Institute of Art History, University of Marburg (krems@staff.uni-marburg.de) Sigrid Ruby, Institute of Art History, University of Giessen (sigrid.ruby@geschichte.uni-giessen.de) The conference shall address a pivotal issue of Early Modern portraiture: Its importance as a means of social interaction, differentiated according to usage and function, which in turn determine the visual appearance and material condition of the portrait(s) in question. Portraits generate images of individuals and groups, they consolidate social hierarchies, bring order to cultural and political networks, and they construct personal as well as collective pasts. These are crucial aspects of Early Modern portraiture or – as we call it – ‘portrait culture’. Our conference does not…

Call for Papers – Exploring Empire: Sir Joseph Banks, India, and the ‘Great Pacific Ocean’: Science, Travel, Trade, Literature, and Culture, 1768–1820

Sir Joshua Reynolds, 'Sir Joseph Banks',  oil on canvas, 1771-1773, National Portrait Gallery, UK.

Call for Papers Exploring Empire: Sir Joseph Banks, India, and the ‘Great Pacific Ocean’: Science, Travel, Trade, Literature, and Culture, 1768–1820 National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (London), 24-25 June 2011 Proposals due 1 November 2010 Plenary speakers: Professor Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge) and Dr Jeremy Coote (Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford) In 1768, Sir Joseph Banks sailed around the world with Captain Cook and in doing so inaugurated a new era in British exploration, empire and science. As a botanist, man of science, adviser of the monarch and of ministers, and as President of the Royal Society, Banks became a central figure in the expansion in discovery and settlement that took place in the Indo-Pacific region from 1768 to…

Call for Papers – AAH Annual Conference, 2011, Coventry (UK)

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Call for Papers 37th AAH (Association of Art Historians) Annual Conference 31 March– 2 April 2011, University of Warwick, Coventry The 2011 Annual Conference showcases the diversity and richness of art history in the UK and elsewhere over an extensive chronological range from ancient to contemporary (with a healthy dose in the middle). Sessions are geographically inclusive of Western Europe and the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia. A full range of methodologies is on offer, ranging from object-based studies, socio-historical analyses, theoretical discourses, visual culture of the moving image, exhibition cultures and display. The sessions reflect the composition of our wide constituency – independent or academic researchers (including students), museum curators and teachers. Plenary Speakers Professor Horst Bredekamp, Humboldt…

David R. Marshall – Scientists and the Perspective of View Painters

Image from Panini software from New Scientist (26 June 2010, p. 21) Click for larger image.

Opinion Scientists and the Perspective of View-painters New Scientist (26 June 2010, p. 21) has recently reported on a scientific study of the perspective used by eighteenth-century view painters (vedutisti). The team, headed by Thomas Sharpless, a retired software engineer in Philadelphia, picked 14 vedute of the interiors of buildings for which they had ground plans. ‘They identified 20 points in each painting and located them on the corresponding plan. They then used this information to create a mathematical projection function and incorporated it into a piece of software, called “Panini”.’ No prizes for guessing which painting(s) and which building features prominently! The article goes on to state that ‘Panini [the program] can squash the width of a panoramic image…

Talk – Eugene Von Guerard’s Landscape paintings and the science of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the European context (Ruth Pullin)

Dr Ruth Pullin Curator of forthcoming Von Guerard exhibiton at the National Gallery of Victoria Eugene Von Guerard’s Landscape paintings and the science of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the European context Time: Thursday 23 September, 12:05 to 1:45 pm Venue: History Meeting Room, David Myers Building East E125, La Trobe University, Bundoora Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to attend For more information – Please contact Dr Robert Kenny r.kenny@latrobe.edu.au or history@latrobe.edu.au

Photography Symposium: Stormy Weather – NGV

Nici Cumpston Nookamka - Lake Bonney 2007 watercolour and pencil on colour inkjet print on canvas 74.2 x 203.0 cm Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2008 © Nici Cumpston

NGV Public Programs presents Photography Symposium: Stormy Weather Sat 25 Sep, 10am-1.30pm The NGV is holding a a stimulating and informative symposium to mark the opening of the new photography exhibition Stormy Weather. Several of the artists included in the exhibition will present talks in which they discuss their working methods and how the Australian environment has influenced  their practice. Introduction: Dr Isobel Crombie, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV Speakers: Anne Ferran, Jill Orr, Harry Nankin, Sir Hayes, exhibiting artists Cost: $42 Adult/ $40 NGV Member / $39 Concession and Students (Includes morning tea. Bookings essential Venue: Theatre, NGV Australia (Federation Square) For Bookings phone 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily (Event Code P10113). Exhibition Description – Open 24 September to 20 March…

Call for Papers – The Lighter Side of the Middle Ages

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Call for Papers The Lighter Side of the Middle Ages One Day Interdisciplinary Symposium – ANU College of Arts and Sciences Friday 26 November 2010, School of Cultural Inquiry Conference Room, 1st Floor, A. D. Hope Building This interdisciplinary symposium will celebrate the launch of Chaucer’s Landscapes, a collection of essays by renowned medievalist Professor Ralph W.V. Elliott. It was not all plague and penury in the Middle Ages. Some of them were having a very good time. Proposals are invited for suitable 20 minute papers or performances in the areas of literature, drama, music, language, art, history or philosophy. Suggested topics: carnivale minstrels and pilgrims parody and satire fools and feasting Send abstracts of approximately 200 words to Dr…

Call for Applications – The Art of Rome’s Provinces (Getty Foundation Seminar)

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The Arts of Rome’s Provinces (Getty Foundation Seminar) The question of how we understand the art of the Roman provinces urgently requires reexamination in light of new thinking about colonialism and imperialism, set within the framework of an increasingly global world. At the same time that Anglophone art historians and archaeologists are querying whether we still can use the early 20th century concept of “romanization” — the processes by which cultures were brought in contact and materially changed by the Roman imperial presence — innovative art historical and archaeological techniques, theories, and analytic strategies permit us to explore the art of the provinces with fresh excitement and sometimes unexpected results. This seminar, sponsored by the Getty Foundation, is designed to…

Funding – ACIS scholarships for research in Italy 2011

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ACIS Cassmarca Scholarships Applications close Friday 5 November 2010 The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) is offering up to four scholarships of up to $6000 each for Australasians wishing to undertake  research in Italy during 2011. These awards are funded by the Cassamarca Foundation (Fondazione Cassamarca). Scholarships are available to students at Australasian universities who, in 2011, will be enrolled (full-time or part-time)  in honours, research master’s or PhD degrees and who will be engaged in research projects in any of the following areas of Italian studies: archaeology and classical antiquities; language; literature; culture; history; politics and society (including migration studies). Successful applicants will already have a knowledge of Italian adequate for their research purposes. Scholarships will not be…