Monthly Archives: December 2011

Merry Christmas

Barocci, The Nativity, 1597, Museo del Prado, Madrid

Merry Christmas To all our regular visitors and subscribers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. MAN will be having a short break over Christmas, but will be back in the New Year. Our subscriber base has grown considerably over the past year – we now have 500 email subscribers (you can subscribe by popping your email in ‘Subscribe’ box on the right hand side of our website), over 200 Facebook supporters and over 1000 twitter followers. The site has been receiving an average of 1200 – 1500 hits every week and we have usually published between 6-12 posts every week. Our thanks to those who have written Reviews, WAYLAs and Opinion pieces and to those who have sent us…

Opinion: On Facadism

Lonsdale House in 2010 before demolition

Opinion – David R. Marshall On Facadism The Myer’s Lonsdale Street Store is now a vast open building site, with the Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street facades propped up with a scaffolding of huge steel girders that occupy half of each street. Conspicuously absent is the façade of Lonsdale House, an Art Deco façade demolished in 2010, in spite of having a heritage overlay, in order to provide truck access to the site. According to a widely expressed view, facadism—the preserving of old facades while putting up a wholly new building behind them—is bad, because it is the integrity of the building as a whole that matters. This is nonsense, and the effect has been to strip away a…

Call for Papers: Ways of Seeing – John Berger

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Call for Papers Ways of Seeing John Berger 6-8 September 2012, London The Centre for Life-Writing Research and the Department of English & Drama at the British Library are presenting a conference in 2012 to mark the 40th Anniversary of two of John Berger’s major works: the novel G, winner of the Booker and James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, and the collaborative, BAFTA-winning BBC TV series and book Ways of Seeing. In celebration, the Centre for Life-writing Research at King’s College London, and the Department of English and Drama at the British Library – home, since 2009, to the major collection of Berger’s papers – are holding a series of events. The conference will be held at King’s College London, with a evening of…

Conference – Dispersed Identities: Sexuality, Surrealism and the Global Avant-Gardes

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Dispersed Identities: Sexuality, Surrealism and the Global Avant-Gardes February 3-4, 2012, The University of Melbourne The Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies, The School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, and the Australian Institute of Art History present Dispersed Identities: Sexuality, Surrealism and the Global Avant-Gardes is a conference which brings together questions of sexuality and gender with a broader discussion of the geographies of modern and contemporary culture. Speakers will focus on the legacy of surrealism and cognate avant-garde movements in the visual arts. A guiding principle of the conference is that one cannot speak about the global reach of modern and contemporary visual culture without bringing in questions of sexuality. Topics dealt with…

Funding: Research Fellowships in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Research Fellowships in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Girton College, Cambridge Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship, to be held in Architecture, Art History, Education, Human Geography, Law, Music, Philosophy (inc. Philosophy of Science), Politics, Psychology, Sociology or Theology for the academic year 2012/13 and tenable for three years. The Fellowship is open to graduates of any university with no age limit, but it is intended to support those at an early stage in their academic careers, and will normally be awarded to a candidate who has recently completed a Ph.D. or is close to completion. The competition involves assessment of candidates’ submitted work and interview. Those interested should note that the standard needed to progress to the later stages of the competition is extremely high. Overseas candidates should…

Funding: Visiting Fellows at Australian National University 2013

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Applications for Visiting Fellows 2013 at Australian National University – Research School of Humanities and the Arts ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences Humanities Research Centre The Humanities Research Centre is an international centre for excellence in the Humanities and a catalyst for innovative Humanities scholarship and research within the Australian National University. The HRC interprets the ‘Humanities’ generously, recognising that new methods of theoretical enquiry have done much to break down the traditional distinction between the humanities and the interpretive social sciences; recognising, too, the importance of establishing dialogue between the humanities and the natural and technological sciences, and the creative arts. One of its central functions is to bring to Australia scholars of international standing who will provoke…

Call for Papers: Virtual Palaces Part II. Lost Palaces and their Afterlife. Virtual Reconstruction between Science and Media

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Call for Papers Virtual Palaces Part II. Lost Palaces and their Afterlife. Virtual Reconstruction between Science and Media 13–15 April 2012, Munich, Germany About Palatium This workshop is part of the ESF Research Networking Programme PALATIUM: Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1400–1700). The PALATIUM programme aims at creating a common forum for research on the late medieval and early modern European court residence or ‘palace’ (palatium) with an interdisciplinary perspective. The world of the courts 1400–1700 constituted a network of truly European scale and international character, but its architecture is only rarely studied in its ‘connectivity’. Here the ‘palace’ is seen as a place for cultural exchange. Human interaction in this space is regulated and codified by a set of rules,…

Public Lecture by Lyndal Roper and Symposium: Emotions and Historical Change in Pre-Modern Europe

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Luther and the Emotional Dynamics of the Reformation A public lecture by Professor Lyndal Roper, University of Oxford The Reformation was a theological and intellectual movement, but it was also profoundly emotional. Luther’s unbearable fear and despair as a monk was what impelled him to understand God’s justice differently. Anger was central to Luther’s creativity – time and again, he reached new intellectual insights through attacking father figures. Envy, too, played its part, and in his letters Luther constantly attributes envy to others. And when clerical celibacy was abolished and priests began to marry, a host of complex sexual emotions were unleashed. This lecture explores how we can understand the Reformation differently by exploring its emotional dynamics. Lyndal Roper is Professor…

JOB: Lecturer in Art History – University of Manchester, UK

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Lecturer in Art History – University of Manchester, UK The University of Manchester, UK, are seeking to appoint a specialist in European or non-European art in the period from 1700 to the present. Art History and Visual Studies (AHVS) at Manchester maintains close ties with the Whitworth Art Gallery, which this appointment is expected to enhance. It is one of only very few university galleries to have collections designated as nationally important. Landscape art of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries is one area of strength. Recent acquisitions and exhibitions have had a strong contemporary and global thrust. Already a drawcard for AHVS students, the gallery is about to undergo a £12 million refurbishment, with a major expansion of teaching facilities.…

JOB: Pilkington Chair in History of Art – University of Manchester, UK

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Pilkington Chair in History of Art – University of Manchester, UK The University of Manchester are looking to appoint a leading art historian to this prestigious Chair. A beacon for History of Art at Manchester for nearly fifty years, in the recent past the Pilkington Chair has been held by distinguished art historians at the forefront of the discipline. The University hopes that the next Pilkington Chair will be similarly influential in shaping the future direction of art history. The person appointed may have expertise in any area of art history. They must have an outstanding research and publication record and will be expected to make a distinctive contribution to Art History & Visual Studies’ innovative teaching and thriving research…

Exhibition – Sea of Dreams: The Lure of Port Phillip Bay 1830-1914

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Sea of Dreams: The Lure of Port Phillip Bay 1830-1914 Opens at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Wednesday 7 December 10am Shattered dreams, fresh beginnings, an expansive economy, rising fears and the emergence of a middle class are detailed in this rich display that traces the journeys of so many who were lured by the dream of a better life. Sea of dreams tells the fascinating story of Port Phillip Bay and the integral part it played in 19th and early 20th century survival, settlement, trade and commerce, defence and leisure. With more than 100 works displayed, many of Australia’s best known and loved artists are represented. There are paintings by Charles Conder, Fred McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Louis…

Rare Books Summer School at the State Library Victoria

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Rare Books Summer School State Library of Victoria Immerse yourself in the world of rare books during an intensive five-day course at the 7th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School. Four courses will be presented: ‘Artists’ books, zines and other collaborative ventures’ Professor Sasha Grishin (6–10 February) ‘Botanical riches: the art of the book’ Richard Aitken (13–17 February) ‘Ephemera: a collector’s key to the history of books’ Wallace Kirsop (13–17 February) ‘The poetics of printing on the iron hand-press’ Caren Florance (13–17 February, Monash University, Caulfield) Please note that places are strictly limited, and applications are due by 9 December 2011. View the detailed brochure and application form (pdf) http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/rare-books-summer-school-2012.pdf Dates:  Monday 6 February 2012 – Friday 10 February…

Dr Gerard Vaughan – Collecting Correggio

Correggio, Madonna and Child with infant St John the Baptist 1514–15. NGV International

Collecting Correggio Dr Gerard Vaughan Join NGV Director Dr Gerard Vaughan to hear the stories behind the NGV’s recent acquisition, Renaissance masterpiece Madonna and Child with the infant Saint John the Baptist by Correggio. Date: Thursday 8th December, 2011, 6:00pm for a 6.30pm start. Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International (enter North Entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt) Cost: $20 NGV Member / $25 Adult (includes glass of sparkling wine on arrival) Bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily Event code M1159 Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs/public-programs/ngv-members-collecting-correggio