The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is joining with the Art Gallery of New South Wales to mount an international symposium on the Gallery’s American art collections of the 60s and 70s. This period of radical experiment gave rise to many practices and aesthetics underpinning contemporary art. Enriched by the John Kaldor gift of 2009, the Gallery boasts the world’s finest museum collection of Sol Lewitt. Major pieces by Lewitt, Carl Andre, Christo, Donald Judd, Edward Ruscha, Richard Serra, Frank Stella and Laurence Weiner are on display during the symposium.
Three leading American experts, Alexander Alberro (Columbia), Charles W. Haxthausen (Williams) and Robert Slifkin (NYU) will travel to Sydney for the event. They will be joined by Australian scholars including Sue Best, Keith Broadfoot, Rachel Kent, Chris McAuliffe, Meredith Morse, and Ann Stephen. Convened for the US Studies Centre by Professor Roger Benjamin, the symposium will also throw new light on Australian responses to American art.
This is the second of two symposia funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art (the Abstract Expressionist holdings of the NGA were the subject in 2012).
Date: Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August Time: 10.00am — 4.45pm (both days)
Venue: Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Tickets: Daily rate Adult $65, Gallery Members $50, Students $30. A 20% discount applies if you book both days. Lunch and afternoon tea is included in the price.
Tickets can be booked by calling the Art Gallery of NSW on 02 9225 1740.
Visit ussc.edu.au/events to view the event program, abstracts and biographies
Friday 16thAugust 2013
10:00 – 10:25 Registration, Domain Theatre Foyer, AGNSW
10:30 – 10:45 Welcome: Michael Brand, Director, AGNSW
Introduction: Roger Benjamin, USSC, University of Sydney
Morning Session: New Art on the Public Scale
10:45 – 11:35 Charles W. Haxthausen, “Doing Wall Drawings”: Five Notes on Sol LeWitt
11:35 – 12:25 Keith Broadfoot, Uncanny Landscape: Christo, JeanneClaude and the arrival of contemporary art in Australia
12:30 – 2:00 LUNCH and viewing of Level 2 collections
Afternoon Session: Minimal Aesthetics
2:00 – 2:50 Robert Slifkin, The Empty Room and the End of Man
2:50 – 3:40 SusanBest,“Utterly free of human associations”: Impersonality in Minimalism and Conceptual Art
3:40 – 3:50 Short break
3:50 – 4: 40 Chris McAuliffe,“To discard, to repair, to continue”: Minimalism and a larger modernism
Saturday 17th August 2013
10:00 – 10:15 Registration, Domain Theatre Foyer
10:15 – 10:20 Welcome: Sean Gallagher, COO, US Studies Centre
Morning Session: Conceptual and Performance Art
10:20 – 11:10 Alexander Alberro: Conceptual Art and Language
11:10 – 12:00 Ann Stephen, 1969: Australian Landfall for Christo and Conceptual art
12:00 – 12:10 Short Break
12:00 – 12:50 Meredith Morse:Dance/constructions: Simone Forti’s Huddle, Minimalist Sculpture, and ‘Minimalist’ Dance
12:50 – 2:00 LUNCH
Afternoon Session: Pop and the Public for American Art 2:00 – 2:20 John Kaldor in conversation with Anthony Bond
2:20 – 3:10 Jaklyn Babbington: Roy Lichtenstein: Pop art in the remix era
3:10 – 4:00 Rachel Kent: Language and meaning in the art of Ed Ruscha
4:00 – 4:30 Concluding discussion