Monthly Archives: September 2012

Opportunities | Calls for Papers, Jobs, Funding | September 28th, 2012

Jobs The newly established Yale-NUS College ( in Singapore announces the following two faculty positions in art history: one in Asian art, one in the art history of another part of the world. Both positions are open rank, although only one may be senior. Download more info Yale Singapore Art History Jobs (word doc) or visit the website. Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Contemporary Art History, University of California Santa Barbara -History of Art & Architecture – deadline November 9th 2012. Curator of Maritime History, National Maritime Museum, UK – deadline 7th October 2012. Associate Professor and Director Curatorial Practice (Part-time), Monash University – deadline 7th October 2012. Other Opportunities International Scholarship Programme at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – deadline 30th September 2012.…

Napoleon 24hr opening 6-7 October

Napoleon opening

Spend the night with Napoleon 24hr opening final weekend 6 – 7 October Celebrate the last weekend of Napoleon’s reign over Melbourne as the National Gallery of Victoria stays open all night on Saturday 6 October. The NGV, with support from the City of Melbourne, are offering a night of free live entertainment and activities, with special $10 tickets for Napoleon: Revolution to Empire from midnight Saturday 6 October until 8am Sunday 7 October.* To celebrate the last weekend of this year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Napoleon: Revolution to Empire, the NGV is holding a 24h hour event with free live music from contemporary bands and DJs, bold pop-up talks presented by the curatorial team, storytelling for families and delicious…

Symposium | The Legacies of Bernard Smith, Sydney, November 2012


The Legacies of Bernard Smith, Sydney, November 2012 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 this important two city symposium. This collaborative symposium will take place over four days in two locations, during which Australian and international scholars, curators and artists will discuss all aspects of Bernard Smith’s wide-ranging work. The Melbourne leg will take place on September 20 and 21, 2012 and the Sydney…

Call for Papers | Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World


Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World This international conference will bring together scholars interested in exploring how we “source” emotions of the medieval and early modern period, whether by performing, acting, hearing, finding, or reading within the varied disciplines interested in this period. Abstracts are welcome on such questions as: Where we look for emotions in the extant sources How we ‘read’ across multiple source types to create a composite understanding of the emotions of a particular time period How we translate source information into practice in the performing arts Gendered nature of sources and gendered nature of emotions Sources, emotions and power: what are sources for understanding emotions in cross-cultural encounters? What do we have to…

Lecture | Barbara Stafford ‘Mirroring: From the Pool of Narcissus to Social Cognition’


Barbara Maria Stafford Mirroring: From the Pool of Narcissus to Social Cognition Barbara Maria Stafford is an independent writer, curator and speaker. Her work has consistently explored the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences from the early modern to the contemporary era. Her current research charts the revolutionary ways the neurosciences are changing our views of the human and animal sensorium, shaping our fundamental assumptions about perception, sensation, emotion, mental imagery, and subjectivity. Her most recent book is The Field Guide to a New Metafield: Bridging the Humanities-Neurosciences Divide (UCP, 2011). Her website can be found here:  Date: 6:30-8:00pm, Tuesday 9 October 2012 Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Free but you can RSVP via…

Opportunities | Calls for Papers, Jobs and Funding

Opportunities | September 21st, 2012 These links used to go out as part of the News and Writing links posts, but I have decided to do a separate post as the the news and links posts have been getting longer and longer. This will hopefully make them more manageable and allow me to post the things with deadlines more promptly! I will aim to send them every Friday morning (and the News posts on Saturdays). I also usually post them on twitter as soon as I receive them, so follow me there if you would like to receive them earlier. Also I welcome contributions so if you have a job, scholarship, conference CFP or other opportunity you would like to…

Exhibition and Discussion | Made to last: the conservation of art

Image detail: Penny Byrne, H5N1 Mutant Strain 2011, porcelain figurine, vintage action man gas mask, epoxy resin, re-touching medium, powder pigments, 31 x 13 x 9.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney.

Made to last: the conservation of art Ever wondered how to conserve your works of art? What’s involved with keeping your precious paintings free from wear and tear? How do you restore works after damage by flood or fire? Conservators from the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne will be visiting the Latrobe Regional Gallery to discuss all aspects of conservation in a series of special activities on Saturday 22 September 2012. Visitors are invited to bring along small works of art and objects for the conservators to view. During the day the conservators will demonstrate some basic cleaning techniques and will discuss issues of conservation as well as hosting a conservator’s clinic for patrons to bring…

Lecture | Sandy Nairne ‘Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners’

Shade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge exhibited 1843 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners In 1994 two paintings by J.M.W Turner were stolen from a public gallery in Frankfurt while on loan from the Tate in London. Sandy Nairne will speak on the complex story of the theft including the return of the pictures in 2002. Sandy Nairne is the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Date: Tuesday 2nd October, 6 for 6.30pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter North Entrance via Arts Centre forecourt), Information and Bookings: Ph 8662 1555, 10am–5pm daily, Code P12146. Cost: $25 A / $20 M / $22 C (includes a glass of sparkling on arrival).

Exhibition and Workshop Faculty Gallery, Monash University

Nobuhiro Shimura, Dress. Installation view, Faculty Gallery, Monash University 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition | Nobhuro Shimura | Dress Experimenta ‘Speak to Me’ 5th International Biennial of Media Art Japanese artist Nobuhiro Shimura is presented at Faculty Gallery, Monash University as a part of Experimenta Speak to Me. Shimura’s playful projections draw upon everyday materials and objects, such as paperclips, matches, buttons and sneakers.  His work Dress is a shimmering projection on to metallic ribbons that spans the width of the gallery. Exhibition: 11 – 29 September | Free Workshop | No Direction Home with D. H. Thomas Wednesday 19th September, 10am A D.I.Y., hands-on, collaborative, old skool cut ‘n paste, non-curated, group hugs, all-comers welcome, artists and non-artists…whatever! Come join us for a collage workshop, create your own to take home and be part of a…

Napoleon Colloquium at NGV International

Jacques Louis-David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps.

Napoleon Colloquium Saturday 22nd September An afternoon forum exploring the art, artists and their world in the time of Napoleon with three lectures on portraiture, Jacques-Louis David – painter of the French Revolution and decorative arts at the Napoleonic court. Speakers:  Dr Frank Heckes, Honorary Research Associate, La Trobe University | Jacques-Louis David: Painter of the French Revolution and of Napoleon Dr Vivien Gaston, Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne | Portraits of perfection: Ideal and reality in the Napoleonic era Dr Matthew Martin, Assistant Curator Decorative Arts and Antiquities, NGV | The bare necessities: Luxury travel accessories as courtly portraits in the Napoleonic Age Dr Elizabeth Cross, Senior Researcher, NGV and Jean-Pierre Chabrol, Head of Multimedia | Napoleon’s Letter’s to Josephine: Portrait of…

Lecture | Isobel Crombie – Shadow Catchers: The history of the photogram

Simone Douglas, 'Surrender (collision) 111, 1998, Type C photograph, 49 x 67cm.

Shadow Catchers – The history of the photogram This lecture explores the intriguing history of photograms and the resurgence of interest in these camera-less images by contemporary photographers. Speaker Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, NGV Cost $18 Adult / $12 NGV Members / $14 Concession / FREE for tertiary students just present student card at entrance to theatre. Date: Friday 14th September, 2pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Level G, NGV International Information & bookings Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily, Event Code P1282  

Exhibition and Floortalks | A Body of Knowledge – The Anatomy Lesson

John Browne, Myographia nova, 1698, engraved book plate, 37 x 25 cm. Baillieu Library Special Collections, the University of Melbourne

A Body of Knowledge – The Anatomy Lesson Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia September 13, 2012 – January 20, 2013 Two exhibitions across three venues The Anatomy Lesson Artists and anatomists share a long history of imagining the body, using their knowledge of what can be “seen” to reveal and understand what is “unseen” – the life that lies beneath the surface. The anatomy Lesson includes a wonderful range of images and objects sourced from the University’s many distinctive collections. Seventeenth-century anatomical texts and prints from the Baillieu Library collection will jostle with paintings and drawings from the University of Melbourne Art Collection and the Victorian College of the Arts. Venue: Grimwade and Annex galleries, 1st Floor, The Ian Potter Museum of Art,…

Symposium | A Body of Knowledge, Melbourne University

Ruth Hutchinson, Sympathetic ear  2005, graphite, Collection of John and Irene Sutton

A Body of Knowledge Symposium The University of Melbourne Medical Science is much more than a single discipline, it intersects with art, technology philosophy and history. This symposium will consider the medical body from a number of perspectives. The morning sessions explore forensic and scientific innovations as well as considering the social and cultural history of the Melbourne Medical School. The afternoon sessions probe what happens when artists investigate the boundaries of anatomy, historically through models and images, and in the future, where technological evolution challenges our ideas of what it is to be human. See full details of the art history papers below. Session One 11.00 – 11.30 | The Demon in the Body Professor Mark Cook Chair of…

Lecture | Anne-Marie May at Holmesglen

Untitled, 2007. © Reproduced courtesy the artist and  Murray White Room, Melbourne.

ART TALKS: Free Public Lecture Anne-Marie May Anne-Marie May is a Melbourne based visual artist. For two decades, her practice has explored connections across the fields of art, design and architecture. May was a member of the influential Store 5, an artist-run space in Prahran. The artist and her fellow exhibitors used materials commonly associated with a non-art environment (domestic, industrial) and through process and experimentation, re-purposed and personalised them. May continues to describe her art as process driven: working with a variety of materials and experimenting with processes that could potentially impose form on to those materials. The artist veers away from adhering to a predetermined plan or concept of form followed by fabrication and her acrylic mobile, Untitled,…

Artist Book Display and Talks

: Wendy Kelly, Centre, 2002, artist book: earth, watercolour, paper, hand bound 24 pages, 53 x 39 cm

Seeing Artists Books as Research  The Royal Society of Victoria Heritage Library Curated by Dr Anne Bennett This one day exhibition affords a unique opportunity to see and handle artist books arising from postgraduate research produced in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University over the past decade within the historic setting of the Heritage Library and Lecture Theatre at The Royal Society of Victoria. Featuring artists books by Monash University alumni and current postgraduate candidates including: Jillian Allan, Marie-Louise Anderson, Lyn Ashby, Rhonda Ayliffe, Catherine Bell, Anne Bennett, Jennifer Butler, Natasha Carrington, Antonietta Covino-Beehre, Mimmo Cozzolino, David Frazer, Kari Henriksen, Lily Hibberd, Wendy Kelly, Spiros Panigirakis, Stephen Pascoe, Elizabeth Presa, Felicity Spear & others. Talks by: Dr…