Monthly Archives: May 2011

NGV Lecture: The Poussin Project

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NGV Lecture The Poussin Project Carl Villis, Conservator or European paintings before 1800 Nicholas Poussin’s Crossing of the Red Sea (c. 1634) is one of the National Gallery of Victoria’s most prized paintings. For NGV conservator Carl Villis, thanks to a special grant from French bank BNP Paribas, a full year has been set aside to complete restoration of the work, and to publish weekly updates on the NGV website. Join Carl for a discussion of the work undertaken so far, and the opportunity to ask questions. Speaker: Carl Villis, Conservator or European paintings before 1800. Date: Saturday 4 June, 2pm. Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International. Cost: $12 NGV Member / $18 non-member. Bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm…

Lecture: Predicaments of Painting Indigenous Presence in Central Australia: Early Papunya Boards in Circulation, Fred Myers

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Predicaments of Painting Indigenous Presence in Central Australia: Early Papunya Boards in Circulation Professor Fred Myers, Silver Professor of Anthropology, New York University This paper considers a predicament in the constitution of Aboriginal acrylic painting in Central Australia. Begun in 1971 as a translation of ritually-based designs into a new medium, the international success of the painting movement attests to their recontextualization from ‘ritual’ to ‘art.’ While much of the iconography in the early acrylic paintings was later considered inappropriate to have circulated – even in the art world – the paintings themselves have continued to be exhibited, and they are considered to be the most authentic forms of presenting authentic indigeneity. At the same time as Western Desert painters have…

Symposium: Scoping the future of cultural enrichment through cultural materials conservation

EPSI setup Photo: Nicole Tse

Symposium Scoping the future of cultural enrichment through cultural materials conservation 16th June 2011, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne Background Understanding the conservation of material culture is framed by the values obtained from diverse and broad disciplines. Together the values identify the line of best fit to inform our understanding of a material that is uniquely constructed and aged in an array of climatic conditions. This one-day conservation symposium organised by the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) includes five panels on current materials based research in Australia across the themes of conservation methodologies, data management, climate and materials, imaging and non-destructive analysis and materials analysis. Research draws on a number of research grants awarded by…

Melbourne Conversations: Talk Blak, Talking back: Conversations on Political Blak Art

Media commentary and debate around Indigenous identity and history is a topical subject. Join the conversation around the contribution that politically engaged urban based contemporary Indigenous visual artists have made to issues of identity, culture, racism and history. Date: Thursday 2 June 2011 Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm. Entry from 5.30pm Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne Panellists: Mr Vernon Ah Kee – Visual Artists and member of collective proppaNOW, Queensland. Ms Bindi Cole – Visual Artist, Melbourne. Dr Tony Birch – Writer, Historian and Curator, Melbourne. Moderator: Daniel Browning, Producer/Presenter of Awaye! ABC Radio National. For more information see the Melbourne Conversations website.

Melbourne Conversations: Contemporary Art and the Public Arena: Global Perspectives

As part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150 year anniversary celebrations, a distinguished global panel of art professionals will consider the critical importance of creating, collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. This free event is special collaboration between the City of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. Date: Wednesday 25 May 2011 Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Entry from 5.30pm Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne Panellists: Mr Bill Henson – Visual Artist, Melbourne Ms Mami Kataoka – Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Mr Li Lei, Director – Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China Mr Terry Smith –  Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, Henry Clay Frick Department of the History and Art and…

Review: The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. Kim Clayton-Greene

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Review by Kim Clayton-Greene of The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 The Victorian and Albert Museum, London 2 April – 17 July 2011 Reviewed by Kim Clayton-Greene ‘The Cult of Beauty’, brings together some of the finest objects and works of art produced by those artists and craftsmen who revolutionized late nineteenth-century British art and society.  As the introductory wall text states, these men and women were united by ‘the desire to escape the ugliness and materialism of the age and find a new beauty’. The exhibition begins by demonstrating the way this ‘new beauty’ manifested itself in all realms of art and life by placing immediately opposite the entrance…

Call for Papers: Impressions of Colour: Rediscovering Colour in Early Modern Printmaking, ca 1400-1700

Impressions of Colour

Call for Papers Impressions of Colour: Rediscovering Colour in Early Modern Printmaking, ca 1400-1700 Cambridge, 8-9 December 2011 The absence of colour has been long been considered a defining characteristic of early modern printmaking. Colour printing from the hundreds of years between the invention of the printing press and 1700, when Christophe Le Blon developed the three-colour method we use today, has been thought of as rare and extraordinary. However, new research has revealed that bright inks added commercial value, didactic meaning and visual emphasis to subjects as diverse as anatomy, art, astronomy, biology, cartography, medicine, militaria and polemics in both single-sheet prints and books. Despite the significance and scale of these discoveries, the bias against colour continues to dominate…

Funding: Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust are pleased to announce a new PhD scholarship for full-time study. Eligibility: The scholarship will be open to a student studying for a PhD on the subject of women artists (or a single woman artist) of any period in art history. Candidates from any country are eligible. Scholarship amount: The scholarship will be the sum of £28,890 per annum to cover the living costs and tuition fees for an overseas student, or the sum of £19,400 per annum to cover the living costs and tuition fees for a UK/EU student. Scholarship period: Three academic years for a student starting a…

Lecture: George Eastman House: Past, Present, Future

Le main de Madame Hugo ca. 1853–1854, George Eastman House Collection, Andrew Burford, Taylor 2010

Kodak Salon Lecture George Eastman House: Past, Present, Future Dr Alison Nordström will survey the history of George Eastman House—the oldest museum of its kind in the world—since its opening in 1947. Nordström will address the formation of Eastman House collections and the influence of those collections on our understanding of photographic history. She will discuss the seminal Eastman House exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape (1975). In its day, New Topographics signalled the emergence of a new approach to landscape photography. Finally, Nordström will consider how contemporary artists like Abelardo Morrell, Mark Klett and Simon Norfolk are using nineteenth century material to explore the contents and form of the historical archive.www.eastmanhouse.org Alison Nordström is Curator of Photographs at George…

Symposium: History of the Gallery School

Students at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, 1895.

Symposium History of the Gallery School As part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150th celebrations, the VCA is hosting a symposium about the history of the Gallery School, started in 1867 under the leadership of Eugene von Guérard. The Gallery School is the founding institution of the VCA, formed in 1972 under Lenton Parr. This day of talks will investigate the history of the great art school, and will include stories and debates about the many leading and significant figures in a distinguished history. For a full program click here (pdf). Date: Friday 20 May 2011, 9:00am to 5:30pm Venue: Clemenger Theatre, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank Admission: Free, bookings are essential Bookings: +61 3 8662 1555 More…

Lecture: Alison Carroll, ‘The Revolutionary Century: Art in Asia 1900-2000′

Allison Carroll, The Revolutionary Century (cover image)

Alison Carroll, curator and author, presents a lecture on Asian art in the twentieth century. There is a gap in our of knowledge of what connects the pre-twentieth century dominance of ‘traditional’ Asian arts and the rise of the internationally celebrated contemporary art of the region today. This lecture gives an overview of the main trends in the art of the region over the course of the twentieth century, from the iconoclastic young Japanese of the 1900s, to the passionate nation-building of artists in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines mid century, and to the blossoming of artistic practice across all countries in the 1980s. Find out about a period too little known by us all, see images of near neighbours…

EVCS: Robert W. Gaston ‘Exploring a Postmodernist Bronzino’

Bronzino: Artist and Poet at the court of the Medici (front cover)

This lecture was first delivered on December 10, 2010 at the British Institute, Florence, as the keynote address for the conference Agnolo Bronzino – Medici Court Artist in Context, a convegno that, in the words of its proposer, Prof. Andrea Gáldy, “sought to place the major exhibition of Bronzino’s work organised by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi into a broader artistic, historical, and economic context. Unlike a catalogue, the conference sessions will be organised thematically rather than focused exclusively on specific works by the artist, and will encourage specialists in other fields (such as tapestries or theatre) to bring new perspectives to bear on the artist and his world. We thus propose to anchor Bronzino in time, space, and the stylistic…

Lecture: ‘Changing Cities: Landscape as an integrated perspective’ Martha Fajardo

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DEAN’S LECTURE SERIES 2011 – Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne ‘Changing Cities: Landscape as an integrated perspective’ Martha Fajardo, Landscape Architect, Bogotá Day after day people’s lives are affected by poor or inadequately planned development. The world is in flux: climate change, deforestation, floods, urbanization, the shifting weight of the developing world, and the rising shortage of resources are causing us to rethink the way we design places. The complexity of the modern world presents both challenges and opportunities to those who conceive and shape built, natural and social environments. Using Colombia as a case study, leading landscape architect Martha Fajardo will give a Latin-American perspective into this global issue. Martha is CEO of Grupo…

Funding: RIBA Research Trust Awards

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Trust Awards Objective The intention of the awards scheme is to support recent architecture graduates who are pursuing research in the field of Architecture. It is anticipated that award winners may in subsequent years undertake a career as skilled researchers in the architectural field. The RIBA may also award applicants who are already further into their careers. Awards may be given to teachers and practising architects with some research interest. Eligibility The awards scheme is open to applicants interested in a wide range of subject matter relevant to the advancement of architecture, and connected arts and sciences, in the United Kingdom. The RIBA Research Trust Award is for a closely defined piece of architectural research. The committee will support practice-led…

Lecture Series: Inner Worlds – Portraits and Psychology

Stunned Man) 1945 by Joy Hester Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne On loan from Barbara Tucker 2000

Inner Worlds – Portraits & Psychology This intriguing exhibition highlights points of intense connection between psychology and portraiture in Australian art and social history. It includes portraits of influential women and men of psychology from World War I to the 1950s, and portraits by artists inspired by the inner worlds of the subconscious from the 1940s to now. In conjunction with the exhibition the National Portrait Gallery is hosting a series of lectures. Saturdays in May and June, 2:00 – 3:00pm. All lectures are free. For further information and enquiries visit the NPG website: http://www.portrait.gov.au/site/programs_category.php?categoryId=47 Lecture series The art of Inner Worlds Date: Saturday 7 May, 2.00 – 3.00pm Venue: Liangis Theatre Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the…