Monthly Archives: February 2012

Call for Proposals | Monographs in Art Historiography

Monographs in Art Historiography The aim of this series is to support and promote the study of the history and practice of art historical writing focussing on its institutional and conceptual foundations, from the past to the present day in all areas and all periods. Besides addressing the major innovators of the past it also encourages re-thinking ways in which the subject may be written in the future. It ignores the disciplinary boundaries imposed by the Anglophone expression ‘art history’ and allows and encourages the full range of enquiry that encompasses the visual arts in its broadest sense as well as topics falling within archaeology, anthropology, ethnography and other specialist disciplines and approaches. It welcomes contributions from young and established…

Funding | Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the History of Architecture and Architectural Drawings, Oxford

Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the History of Architecture and Architectural Drawings University of Oxford The closing date for applications is midday on 15 March 2012. The Mellon postdoctoral fellowships are funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation as part of a wider Oxford University initiative which is designed to provide an intensive and supported career development opportunity for outstanding academics at an early stage of their career; to recruit the very best of the next generation of potential academics; and to promote equality of opportunity by helping to create a more diverse pool of potential candidates for future academic posts at Oxford. The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Architecture and Architectural Drawings is tenable in the History of…

Call for Papers | AAANZ Conference, Together Apart, Sydney, July 2012

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Call for Papers AAANZ Conference, Together <>Apart Sydney, July 2012 The 2012 AANZ conference will be held in the third week of the Biennale of Sydney, Together <> Apart and will address major debates and issues raised by this year’s biennale theme ‘all our relations’. It will focus on how networks of artists, curators, critics, museums, and publics structure art. It will ask: what are the stakes, outcomes, and tensions of collaborations and partnerships between artists and art institutions? This question concerns historians and critics of art of all periods as well as being a live issue for art now and offers a coherent point of intersection for the AAANZ”s diverse constituencies. Keynote Speakers Professor Thierry de Duve, author of Sewn in the…

Funding | Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge

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Six Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities University of Cambridge Limit of tenure: Appointment is for five years, from 1 September 2012, and is non-renewable. Closing Date: 2 April 2012 Applications are invited for 6 post-doctoral fellows to work on the European Research Council funded interdisciplinary, collaborative project entitled The Bible and Antiquity in Nineteenth-Century Culture, to be located in the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Applications are encouraged with regard to any relevant field including history, art history, classics, literary studies, Jewish studies, history of archaeology, history of education, cultural history, history of scholarship, theology, history of biblical interpretation, philosophy, history of science, Egyptology, Assyriology. Applicants may propose to work…

Lecture | The People’s Doge: The Cultural Milieu of the Grand Chancellors of Venice – Deborah Howard

Titian, 'Madonna and Child in a landscape', c.1507  oil on wood panel, Accademia Carrara, Bergamo Legacy of Guglielmo Lochis 1866 Photo via NGA website.

The People’s Doge: The Cultural Milieu of the Grand Chancellors of Venice Professor Deborah Howard, The University of Cambridge and Macgeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne This lecture explores the cultural significance of the Grand Chancellors of  Venice in the age of Titian. The Grand Chancellor was the head of the  chancery, or professional civil service, in the Doge’s Palace – the one  occupation strictly reserved for members of the cittadino class. Yet  surprisingly, unconventional family set-ups were no embarrassment, because success as a cittadino rested on individual merit rather than pure lineage. Educated, wealthy and ambitious, these high-ranking figures in the Venetian Republic used art and architecture ostentatiously for their personal  self-advancement . Professor Howard is Professor of Architectural History in…

Symposium on Italian Renaissance Art at The University of Melbourne

Raphael, Saint Sebastian, c.1501-02  oil and gold on wood panel, Accademia Carrara, Bergamo Legacy of Guglielmo Lochis 1866. Image via NGA website.

Symposium on Italian Renaissance Art at The University of Melbourne A symposium is to be held on 9th and 10th of March 2012 on recent research on Italian Paintings in the exhibition Renaissance currently at the National Gallery of Australia, from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo on to be held in the Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building at the University of Melbourne. Morning Session Chaired by Dr Christopher Marshall, The University of Melbourne 10.00 – 10.20am  Professor Jaynie Anderson, The University of Melbourne ‘Why and what did Giovanni Morelli collect in Renaissance Art?‘ One of the major collectors, whose works are in Canberra for the Renaissance exhibition, is the politician, writer and connoisseur Giovanni Morelli (1816-1891).  Morelli is celebrated for the fact…

Event | Music from the Weimar Republic

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Music from the Weimar Republic A musical companion to the exhibition The Made Square: Modernity in German Art 1910–1937  currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria will be held this Sunday at the NGV. It will explore the extraordinary breadth and depth of this last great age of music. Dr Peter Tregear, director of of the Monash Academy of Performing Arts at Monash University, writes that “Political crises.  Economic turmoil.  Moral confusion. Well we might describe our own times in such terms, but this is also how we have typically imagined the Weimar Republic, that period of government in modern Germany that encompassed the end of the First World War to the rise of the Third Reich. This is the world we…

Lecture | MUMA Boiler Room Lecture Series at SLV: Jan Verwoert

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MUMA Boiler Room Lecture Series at SLV Breaking the Chain: Thoughts on trauma and transference Jan Verwoert In his lecture Breaking the Chain: Thoughts on trauma and transference Jan Verwoert will discuss the dilemma of the modern artist and intellectual by asking the question: How can we be witnesses to society’s traumata without being the next victim in the chain of trauma transferred from one generation to the next? Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of Frieze magazine and his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. Verwoert is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous (2006) and the…

Art Talks: Simon Terrill at Holmesglen Collection

Simon Terrill, Balfron Tower, 2010 © Reproduced courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Art Talks: Simon Terrill Simon Terrill uses photography to investigate the relationship between built environments and personal narrative. Even when vacant, sites captured in his work are heavily laden with a sense of human presence and activity. The movement of crowds, wear and tear carved by constant use and intimate histories imparted by those passing through resonate in Terrill’s compositions. The artist is also known for fastidiously directed, composed and constructed crowd scenes such as the monumental Balfron Tower – a print of which is now in the Holmesglen Collection and a work that required months of meticulous organisation to realise. Liaison with an East End London council, residents and funding bodies lead to a single image in which an architectural monolith…

Funding | Visiting Senior Fellowship Program, 2012-2013 at CASVA, Washington

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Visiting Senior Fellowship Program, 2012-2013 Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington Deadline: March 21, 2012 The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its program for Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships. Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program. Visiting senior fellows are provided with studies. Those who relocate to Washington will be provided with housing in apartments near the Gallery, subject to availability. They have access to the notable resources represented by the collections, the library, and the photographic archives…

Call for Papers | Receptions: Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Appropriations

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Receptions: Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Appropriations UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies & Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group XVIIIth Annual Conference,17–18 August 2012, St Catherine’s College, The University of Western Australia, Perth This conference will explore cultural appropriations in, by and of the medieval and early modern world, across a range of disciplines. Three sub-themes are envisaged. They are: The appropriation of earlier cultures by the medieval or early modern world; Cultural exchanges and frontier encounters within the medieval and early modern world; and The reception or appropriation of the medieval or early modern by later periods. Within these fields, paper proposals on any relevant subject and from any relevant areas of study are welcome. Possible approaches and themes may…

Review | Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists by David R. Marshall

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Thoughts on Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists David R. Marshall Alain de Botton’s new book is of interest because it directly addresses an issue important for atheistic art historians: if religion is bad, why was the art it produced so good? The usual answer is either (a) that religion is irrelevant to what really matters in such art—it embodies the individuals that created it, rather than the institutions that sponsored it— or (b) it is all a matter of history and so the question is beside the point. The first answer makes particular sense to those whose personal experience is that good things come about in spite of institutions, not because of them. De Botton takes the opposite tack:…

Call for Papers | The Legacies of Bernard Smith: A symposium at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney

Call for Papers The Legacies of Bernard Smith: A symposium at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney Bernard Smith could rightly be called the founder of Australian Art History, and his presence and influence in Australian cultural life was immense from the publication of Place, Taste and Tradition in 1945 until his death in September 2011. To explore and celebrate his work and its legacy, the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, together with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, are convening an international symposium and are calling for abstract paper proposals due April 15 2012. Further information on how to submit is detailed at the end of this post. This collaborative symposium will take place over four days in two…

Lecture | The Tower of the Winds at Athens: architecture and function – Hermann J Kienast

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 The Tower of the Winds at Athens: architecture and function Hermann J. Kienast The Tower of the Winds at Athens is one of the most ingenious creations of ancient architecture. Based on an octagonal floor plan, the marble edifice is decorated immediately below the roof, with a frieze depicting eight winds as personifications. The building’s layout is highly sophisticated and accentuated by unusual technical gadgets: the eight outer wall segments exhibit sundials, while the interior accommodated a fascinating planetarium, the first monumental one we know of. The lecture explains all the architectural details and the mechanism of the Planetarium. Hermann J. Kienast, former vice-chair of the German Archaeological Institute in Athens and a trained architect, has devoted his carrier to…

NGV | Contemporary Twilight Series: Contemporary Art and India

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Contemporary Twilight Series: Ranjani Shettar Contemporary Art and India Free late night exhibition viewings showcasing our brand new contemporary project space. Drop by after hours to view this amazing exhibition, enjoy a drink and a free floor talk. Enter via north entrance. Floor Talk: In Conversation – Contemporary art and India Nick Hill will lead the discussion by introducing the Australia India Institute. This will be followed by an insightful conversation between Kate Daw, Emily Floyd, Simon Maidment, John Meade and Vikki McInnes, who will reflect on the contemporary art scene in India, following their visit last month to Delhi. Melbourne-based contemporary artists Kate Daw, Emily Floyd and John Meade will present an exhibition of new work at Seven Art,…