Monthly Archives: July 2012

Forum and Talks | Liquid Archive at Monash University Museum of Art

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Events for Liquid Archive at Monash University Museum of Art Forum: The Archive and the Limits of Representation The exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art Liquid Archive traces connections between traditional notions of the archive, emerging technologies, and the ways in which memory and personal experience are incorporated into larger histories. The panel will discuss a number of works in the exhibition that engage directly with the limits of representation and the difficulty of responding to sites of trauma and loss. Date: Tuesday 14 August 2012 Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm Venue: Monash University Museum of Art MUMA…

CFP | Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics

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Call for papers | Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics Theme: Art and Freedom of Expression www.seismopolite.com The next issue of Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics will discuss how art can promote freedom of expression. Contributors from different disciplinary backgrounds are invited to submit articles, reviews or interviews that address this theme through a high variety of possible angles. Topics may include (but are not restricted to): Forms, causes and consequences of censorship of art in countries and contexts worldwide. Art’s potential to create new prospects in political contexts…

Seminar | The Contexts of Early Christian Art: Basilicas, Space and Roma Christiana, 312-384 CE Lachlan Turnbull

The Contexts of Early Christian Art: Basilicas, Space and Roma Christiana, 312-384 CE Lachlan Turnbull | University of Melbourne (PhD Completion Seminar) Date: Wednesday 1 August |  1-2 pm Venue:  Old Physics G16 (Jim Potter room) The study of the art seen, used and commissioned by Christians in Rome during the fourth century poses complex and subtle problems. In the period 312 to 384 ce new iconographic themes emerged and novel spatial contexts were defined, contributing to the making of an identifiably Christian visual culture. My thesis suggests an approach to understanding…

News | Art history helps us understand our society and identity, so why is it under threat?

An article published today by Anthony White (Lecturer in Art history at The University of Melbourne and head of the Victorian chapter of AAANZ) in The Age addresses why it makes no sense for La Trobe to cut a department with healthy enrolments, strong postgrads and dedicated, high-achieving staff. THE recent proposal by La Trobe University to cut its humanities subjects has provoked vigorous criticism in Australia and internationally. Among the proposals to close disciplines (including linguistics, Indonesian, gender and religion studies), the plan to discontinue art history has drawn…

News and Writing on Art and Art History July 28, 2012

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News and Writing on Art and Art History July 28 Katrina Grant News I know I already posted a link to Joanna Mendelssohn’s excellent article in The Conversation Save art history: why La Trobe needs to support cultural life in Australia, but I felt it deserved a second posting. Don’t forget to leave your comment in support and don’t forget the La Trobe petition. If you haven’t signed it, do so this weekend! ‘Art fairs are becoming increasingly important aspects of the international art scene… It’s part of an international trend towards…

News | Why La Trobe needs to support cultural life in Australia

Joanna Mendelsshon (Program Director, Art Administration, School of Art History and Art Education at University of New South Wales) has written a fantastic article for The Conversation in which she succinctly lays out the reasons why universities, like La Trobe, need to teach art history. La Trobe university’s art history department is set to be abolished, with a consultation period over the changes to the university’s humanities program to end this month. While one art history department might not seem like much, the repercussions will be felt throughout academia and the art world.…

Melbourne University Art History Seminar Series Semester 2 2012

Melbourne University Art History Seminar Series Program for Semester 2, 2012 Time: Wednesdays 1-2 pm. Venue: Old Physics, G16 (the Jim Potter Room), University of Melbourne, Parkville All welcome. Enquiries to Felicity Harley McGowan fharley@unimelb.edu.au July 25 Prof. Barbara Larson University of West Florida, MacGeorge Fellow | Darwin and the Creator’s Divine Breath August 1  Lachlan Turnbull University of Melbourne | The Contexts of Early Christian Art                    August 8 Caroline Wallace University of Melbourne | Messing up the Museum: Theatrical Art Activism in 1960s New York August 15 Pamela Tuckett University…

Lectures | Revealing the Collections of Melbourne University

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Revealing the Collections This program of lectures will showcase some of the rich but little known collections of art and visual culture held at the University of Melbourne. In addition to one of the largest art collections in Victoria, the University houses collections in such diverse areas as classics and archaeology, international Indigenous cultural material, decorative arts, 20th century poster designs, decorative arts, public sculpture and artists’ archives. Come and listen to a series of lectures by art historians, educators and students, who give their insights into the history and significance…

Talk | An Invitation to ‘Modern’ Melbourne: Reconsidering the 1956 Olympic Games Poster Dr John Hughson

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An Invitation to ‘Modern’ Melbourne: Reconsidering the 1956 Olympic Games Poster Dr John Hughson The poster designed by Richard Beck for the Games of the XVI Olympiad introduced a significant stylistic interruption to the imagery used to promote the Olympic occasion and its ideals. Posters for the previous summer Games, since 1912, had featured different renditions of the semi-naked male athletic body. In stark contrast, Beck’s poster dispensed with human figuration instead offering a sparse geometrical design said to depict an invitation card. While there is little evidence in the…

Opinion | Mark McDonald: From La Trobe University to the British Museum, and the slashing of Art History and the Humanities in Australia

From La Trobe University to the British Museum, and the slashing of Art History and the Humanities in Australia Mark McDonald Over the past months I have closely followed news of the proposed closure of the Art History programme at La Trobe University. It has given me cause to reflect on the history of the department—now a major associated with History, following an earlier downsizing—the scholars who have taught there, past and present, the many students who have passed though its doors and the many contributions they have made. These…

AAANZ Letter | Save Art History at La Trobe

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The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand have also allowed their letter concerning the slashing of art history at La Trobe to be published. The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand expresses great concern at the possible closure of art history at La Trobe University. This is particularly to be deplored because the program has healthy numbers with strong retention rates, is cost-effective in its current placement within the School of Historical and Cultural Studies and is being taught by staff with exceptionally high research outputs. Since the 1970s…

Seminar | Barbara Larson: Darwinism and the Creator’s Divine Breath: The Evolutionary Landscape of the Spiritual in Symbolism

Melbourne University Art History Seminar Darwinism and the Creator’s Divine Breath: The Evolutionary Landscape of the Spiritual in Symbolism Professor Barbara Larson, University of West Florida & MacGeorge Fellow, University of Melbourne Darwinism, with its reliance on competition and random selection in nature, has been tied to materialism and atheism and was a major point of reference in certain scientific circles that excluded religious explanations behind the existence of living beings and the earth that supported them. However, the widespread acknowledgement of deep time and rejection of the limited historical scale of…

Exhibitions | New exhibitions at MUMA Liquid Archive and Pretty Air and Useful Things

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MUMA exhibitions July to September 2012 Liquid Archive | Pretty Air and Useful Things Exhibition Dates: 19 July – 22 September 2012 Opening Function: 3.00 – 5.00pm, Saturday 21 July 2012 Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus Opening remarks at 4.00pm by Nikos Papastergiadis, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne Pre-opening: A welcome and blessing of Joyce Campbell’s project Te Taniwha will take place at 2.30pm See the website for more detail http://www.monash.edu.au/muma/exhibitions/ About the exhibitions Liquid Archive Curator: Geraldine Barlow Artists: Laurence Aberhart | Bashir Baraki |…

Letter | Save Art History at La Trobe

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Patrick McCaughey, former director of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Yale Centre for British Art, has kindly allowed his letter protesting the slashing of art history from La Trobe to the Vice Chancellor of La Trobe university to be published. Dear Vice-Chancellor, Some colleagues  have contacted me recently about the possible closing of the art history program at La Trobe University. If this is the case, I write now to urge you to re-consider the matter. Everybody would recognize that times are tough for Australian universities in general and…

Symposium | Controversy: When Art Touches a Nerve, MPRG Symposium 2012

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Controversy: When Art Touches a Nerve Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Symposium 2012 Speakers include Julian Burnside AO QC, human rights advocate Professor Alison Young, University of Melbourne, expert on law, crime and culture Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator at MONA, Tasmania Dr Mark Nicholls, Film critic and Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies, University of Melbourne Ivan Durrant, artist Dr Vivien Gaston, curator and art historian Immerse yourself in a day of informative and lively debate about controversy in art in the grounds of the historic villa Beleura. Well known artists,…