Monthly Archives: July 2011

Conversation: The NGV Story

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The NGV Story Join us for an ‘in conversation’ between NGV Director Gerard Vaughan and the author of The NGV Story publication, Phip Murray. Learn more about the 150- year history of the NGV as they discuss some of the great stories documented in the publication. The book will be available for sale and there will also be an opportunity for book signing. About the Book Phip Murray, The NGV Story, Publisher: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780724103393 (paperback), Published: May 2011, $29.95 paperback (AUD) The NGV Story brings together the great stories and events from the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150‐year history. This unique and entertaining publication celebrates the  significant occasions from the NGV’s past, be they momentous,…

CFP: Between Scylla and Charybdis: European Courts and Court Residences Outside Habsburg and Valois/Bourbon Territories, 1500-1700

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Between Scylla and Charybdis: European Courts and Court Residences Outside Habsburg and Valois/Bourbon Territories, 1500-1700 Deadline:  31 October 2011 Copenhagen and Hillerød, Denmark 30 April-2 May 2012 As is well known, the rivalry between Spain‐Austria and France, or, more precisely, between the Habsburg and the Valois/Bourbon monarchies, was a factor of major importance in international court life during the 16th and 17th centuries. The age‐old quarrels between the nations involved about their seniority and precedence forced each to create distinctive characteristics, including courtly etiquette, ceremonies, and the architectural setting of court life. The ‘satellite’ courts, related to these ‘superpowers’, might visually expose their loyalty to a specific faction by following the system of codes of its ‘leader’. But what were the…

Symposium: Vienna 1900 – Dress rehearsal for modernity

osef HOFFMANN (designer), J. & J. KOHN, Vienna (manufacturer) Adjustable-back chair (c. 1905) Sitzmachine ebonised beech, plywood, steel (a-b) 110.8 x 68.1 x 83.7 cm (overall) Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Jardine Matheson Australia, Fellow, 1983

Symposium: Vienna 1900 – Dress rehearsal for modernity Vienna: Art & Design Speakers William M. Johnston, academic; Prof Jennifer Shaw, Pro Vice-Cancellor & Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of New England; Assoc Prof Alison Inglis, Art History, The University of Melbourne; Dr John Carmody, School of Medical Sciences, Physiology, Convenor: ‘ Medicine and Music’, University of Sydney; Dr Edwin Harari, Assoc Prof Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne; Dr Vivien Gaston, Guest Curator, NGV & Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne; Amanda Dunsmore, Curator Arts & Antiquities, NGV; Sophie Matthiesson, Curator, International Art, NGV; Dr Matthew Martin, Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts, NGV; Elizabeth Cross, Senior Researcher, International Art, NGV This Symposium will explore the themes, developments and influences…

Lecture: ‘Feeling Stone’ Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

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‘Feeling Stone’ Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (George Washington University) Our vocabulary for stone is impoverished. We describe rock as dumb, mute, unfeeling, unyielding, recalcitrant. Stone can sometimes be invoked as a witness, but most often its testimony is silent, an unfeeling trigger to affect, a passive reminder of tragic human histories. This talk excavates a lithic counter-tradition: stone not simply as a spur to human emotion, but as a lively substance possessed of agency, motility, artistry and possibly even a soul. Surveying work by medieval and contemporary thinkers, from Albertus Magnus and Geoffrey of Monmouth to Gilles Deleuze, Elizabeth Grosz and Roger Caillois, I argue that stone invites us to anonanthropocentric approach of ecologies, landscapes, texts and art. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen…

Melbourne Open House 2011

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Melbourne Open House Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July This weekend Melbourne’s architecture is open to the public. Residents and visitors alike are invited to see behind the façades of 75 of Melbourne’s historic and contemporary buildings. Buildings range from historic interiors such as the recently restored interior of Myer’s Mural Hall or the stately 19th century interiors of the Melbourne Town Hall to contemporary architecture such as the 60L Green building (headquarters of the Australian Conservation Foundation) and the rooftop garden of the Origen Energy building. A full list and map can be obtained from the Melbourne Open House website. Please note that tours of some buildings must be booked, and in many cases these tours are already fully booked. In addition,…

Sir John Monash Lecture 2011: Whose Art Is It? Cultivating a Creative Community.

Sir John Monash Lecture 2011 Whose Art Is It? Cultivating a Creative Community Join the 2011 Sir John Monash Lecture panellists Bryan Dawe, artist and political satirist, Prof. Ruth Rentschler, Arts & Entertainment management, Deakin University, Julie Shiels, artist, and Stephen Zagala, MGA Curator, to have your say about creativity in Monash. The 2011 Sir John Monash Lecture is brought to you by the City of Monash Arts & Cultural Development Unit. Date: 10 August, 2011, 6.30PM at Venue: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, 3150 Bookings Essential: Ph. 8544 0500 or Email. mga@monash.vic.gov.au

John Weretka – Review: Pastel Portraits: Images of Eighteenth Century Europe. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 17 May 2011 – 14 August 2011

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Exhibition Review Pastel Portraits: Images of Eighteenth Century Europe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 17 May 2011 – 14 August 2011 Reviewed by John Weretka The eighteenth-century pastel portrait is the subject of a compact show of about forty images from 1711–1801 being hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (17 May 17–18 August 2011).  Too often derided as a minor art, placing it on a level with other domestic entertainments such as the silhouette, pastel is revealed in this show as a highly nuanced, delicate and beautiful art form that in a sense has suffered by being too closely allied to the tastes of its own time.  In fact, as the inclusion of pastels by artists…

Symposium: This Wondrous Land at NGV

THE SYDNEY BIRD PAINTER Boobook owl (c. 1790-1800) watercolour and pen and ink over pencil 32.2 x 29.8 cm (image); 47.9 x 29.8 cm irreg. (sheet) The Warren Clarke Bequest, 1999

Symposium: This Wondrous Land NGV Australia This symposium will feature local and interstate colonial art experts addressing a range of topics relating to this fascinating period of Australian art. Following this symposium attendees are invited to join us for the official launch of the exhibition catalogue at NGV Australia. Speakers Dr Philip Jones,Senior Curator, Department of Anthropology, South Australian Museum; Dr David Hansen, Senior Researcher, Sotheby’s Australia; Dr Danielle Clode, author of Continent of Curiosities: A journey through Australian natural history (2006). Date: Sat 16 Jul, 10.30am–2.30pm (registration from 9.45am) Cost: $45 Adult / $40 NGV Member / $42 Concession (bookings essential) Bookings 8662 1555 (10am-5pm daily) (Event Code P1192) Venue: Theatre, Ground Level, NGV Australia Event code P1191 Exhibition Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibitions/this-wondrous-land

Funding: University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women 2012

University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women 2012 The University of Queensland (UQ) invites applications for a small number of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women to commence in 2012. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women have been developed in accordance with the University’s research strategy to introduce special initiatives to advance women in research.  The purpose of the Fellowships is to assist eligible women to re-establish their academic research careers following a career break or interruption. Both full-time and half-time positions will be available, all over a period of three years.  The research must be conducted at The University of Queensland in any of its disciplines. The selection process will consider the alignment of the proposed research with areas of existing research strength, or research areas that Faculties/Institutes wish to…

Call for Papers: New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide 13-14 July 2012, University of Kent, Canterbury

Call for Papers New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide 13-14 July 2012, University of Kent, Canterbury This conference will be the primary international academic event marking the bicentenary of the birth of the architect A.W.N. Pugin, bringing the field’s leading scholars worldwide to a broadbased conference at Canterbury. It will also be the first conference on the British Gothic Revival’s international impact that incorporates North America, and the first significant international conference on the subject since  ‘Gothic Revival: religion, architecture and style in Western Europe’ (Leuven, 1997). There will be opportunities to visit key Pugin sites immediately before and after the conference.  In association with the Pugin Society, the Victorian Society and the Landmark Trust we will offer visits to The Grange and St Augustine’s in Ramsgate.  Further tours…

Symposium – Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space, ANU School of Art, Canberra, 20 July – 23 July 2011

Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, Love Cannon Parade 2005

Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space ANU School of Art, Canberra, 20 July – 23 July 2011 The Australian National University School of Art presents Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space, an international symposium to be held in Canberra from the 20th to the 23rd of July 2011. International and local artists, architects, designers and public intellectuals will converge to explore the role of art in the public spaces of the contemporary community. Diverse practices will be revealed across digital, relational, guerrilla, ephemeral, heritage, commemorative and architectural spaces. Participants will discover Canberra’s vibrant public art scene, as well as glimpsing the failed dreams of those projects that might have been. Canberra, Australia’s capital, was planned at a…

The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination – Performance by Slave Pianos at MUMA

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The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination Performance by Slave Pianos at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA MUMA presents a performance by Slave Pianos on the final day of the acclaimed exhibition Slave Pianos | Punkasila | Pipeline to Oblivion: 3 Projects by Danius Kesminas and Collaborators. Slave Pianos is a provocative and highly inventive collective of artists, composers and musicians devoted to the exhibition, collection, analysis, performance and re-composition of sound work by visual artists. The closing day performance The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination will combine theatre, music and art to activate elements of the exhibition including a parlour-grand piano suspended in an electric chair. Building on the installation work The execution protocol 2007-11 and incorporating texts by Joanna Murray-Smith,…

News: Yale Center Offers Unprecedented Access to Largest Collection of British Art Outside the UK through New Online Catalogue

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Yale Center Offers Unprecedented Access to Largest Collection of British Art Outside the UK through New Online Catalogue – Redesigned website—britishart.yale.edu—features an online catalogue of the Center’s holdings, allowing seamless searching across the art collections and related library materials. – Publication-quality images of all art objects in the public domain available for free downloading. – An associated exhibition, “Connections” (May 20–September 11, 2011), including more than two hundred objects from the Center’s collections, demonstrating the value of being able to search across the institution’s rich holdings of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts The Yale Center for British Art, which houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom, now shares its extraordinary holdings with the world through…

Conference: The World and World-Making in Art, Canberra 11-13 August, 2011

The World and World-Making in Art Sir Roland Wilson Building, The Australian National University, Canberra 11-13 August, 2011 This international conference coincides with the Humanities Research Centre’s theme for 2011 on ‘The World and World-Making in the Humanities and the Arts’. It complements two further HRC conferences in 2011 on World Literature and World History. The conference will explore a number of key issues in art discourses today and also address a central concern of the HRC’s theme in invoking the idea of world-making beyond cultural divides and instead, speaking ‘to a domain of human connectivity’. We seek to explore the significance of connectivities and differences in the field of art: its practices, histories, institutions, inclusions and exclusions, ethical concerns and…

Call for Papers: Johan Zoffany and his international contexts

The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-7, Johann Zoffany The Royal Collection © 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II RCIN 40698

Call for Papers Johan Zoffany and his international contexts Conference, 14 May 2012, at the Royal Academy of Arts and Geological Society, London The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, will be co-hosting a conference on Monday 14 May 2012 to accompany a major exhibition on the eighteenth-century Anglo-British artist Johan Zoffany (1733-1810). The exhibition, Johan Zoffany RA. Society Observed, is curated by Martin Postle (Paul Mellon Centre) with Gillian Forrester (Yale Center for British Art), and MaryAnne Stevens (Royal Academy), and will be held at the Yale Center for British Art from 27 October 2011 to 12 February 2012, and at the Royal…