Conversation | Collecting thoughts: Suhanya Raffel & Gene Sherman in dialogue | University of Melbourne

Dialogue with Absence, Chiharu Shiota, installation view at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Photo: Brett Boardman, 2013

Dialogue with Absence, Chiharu Shiota, installation view at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Photo: Brett Boardman, 2013

Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales and curator of Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection and Gene Sherman, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation – share ideas on their stimulating and fruitful collaboration in realising an exhibition from the Sherman collection. This conversation will provide a glimpse into the genesis and shaping of the Sherman collection, as well as identifying the curatorial role in framing artworks for national and international audiences.

Suhanya Raffel is Deputy Director and Director of Collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Previously, she was at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions since 1994, including deputy director of curatorial and collection development from 2010 and acting director during 2012. She was instrumental in building its contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (since 2002) as well as major curatorial projects such as the Andy Warhol exhibition (2007-08) and The China Project (2009). Ms Raffel was a member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009-14), and serves on the boards of the Australia-China Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra and Griffith University Asia Institute, Brisbane.

Dr Gene Sherman AM is Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, a philanthropic organisation dedicated to the public exhibition of significant contemporary art from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. Dr Sherman is Adjunct Professor, UNSW Art & Design, inaugural patron of the Designers Circle for the MAAS Centre for Fashion; and a board member of The Australian Institute of Art History (2013) and Sydney Contemporary (2014). She is Co-Chair of the Tate Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee, a member of the International Association of Art Critics, and an Asialink Asia Literacy Ambassador. She regularly lectures to a wide range of institutions on topics such as gallery management, the art of collecting, philanthropy, private foundations and contemporary Japanese fashion.

Date: 6 October 2015 | 5.30pm-6.30pm

Venue: Hiraoka Myer Room, Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010

Free to attend but registration required – register here.