Author: Katrina Grant

Funding: Ursula Hoff Scholarship in Art History for University of Melbourne students

Ursula Hoff Scholarship in Art History for University of Melbourne Students The Scholarship has been named in honour of the late Dr Ursula Hoff AO OBE PhD (Hamburg) Hon DLitt (Monash) Hon LLD (Melb) Hon DLitt (La Trobe) who died on 10 January 2005. Dr Ursula Hoff was born in 1909 in London and her career encompassed art history, curatorship and museum management at the University and the National Gallery of Victoria (‘NGV’). Dr Hoff was a lecturer in the then-Department of Fine Arts within the Faculty of Arts at the University. She also worked at the NGV, being its assistant director from 1968 to 1973. She was the London advisor to the Felton Bequest from 1975 to 1983. Dr Hoff was a foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1970 and a member of the Council…

Museums Australia Victoria Seminar: Collections, Exhibitions and Art History: which comes first?

Seminar: Collections, Exhibitions and Art History: which comes first? Friday 21st October 2011 Collections and exhibitions have driven and reinforced art historical perspectives, narratives and trajectories. This seminar will focus on the nexus between museum practice and the discipline of art history. Presenters will discuss how they combine research and practice to create a sound cultural experience. Speakers • Max Delany, Director, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) • Dr Susan Lowish, Lecturer in Australian Art History, The University of Melbourne • Kyla Mcflarlane, Associate Curator, Centre for Contemporary Photography Date: Friday 21st October 2011, 9:30 am- 1:30 pm Venue: Monash University Museum of Art, Ground Floor, Building F, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East VIC 3145 Cost: Gold / Institutional Members $40.00, Silver Members $60.00, Associate / Non Members $80.00, Limited tickets for students $25.00. Bookings: http://www.mavic.asn.au/events?mode=Day&d=21&n=10&y=2011#event1075

Call for Papers: Dickens and the Visual Imagination, July 2012, UK

Call for Papers ‘Dickens and the Visual Imagination’ 9-10 July 2012 An international two-day conference to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens in 2012. This conference, hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre in London and the University of Surrey in Guildford, will explore the interfaces between art history and textual scholarship through the work of Charles Dickens. The conference programme will also feature a reception at the Watts Gallery in nearby Compton, Surrey, to coincide with the gallery’s exhibition Dickens and Art. Plenary speaker: Professor Kate Flint (Rutgers University). Other speakers TBC. Dickens is renowned for the richness of his visual imagination and his publications encouraged readers to interpret his words with and through their accompanying illustrations. Not only was Dickens deeply engaged with ideas of the visual in his writing, but his work has also provoked responses from artists…

Call for Papers – Shared Visions: Art, Theatre and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century Conference, Warwick, Feb 2012

Call for Papers Shared Visions: Art, Theatre and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century Conference School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, Millburn House, Warwick University Saturday 11th February 2012 10am to 6pm CFP Deadline: 15 November 2011 This one-day conference, held in conjunction with Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, will explore the connections between art, theatre, and visual culture in the nineteenth century. During this period, the ‘art of seeing’ challenged the traditional dominance of the written word. Vision, previously denigrated as deceptive, became considered as a universal language, accessible to all, and more authentic than text. Popular theatre, especially melodrama, led the way in exploring the possibilities of the new visuality. We invite papers that explore the visual culture of theatre and exchanges between theatre and the visual arts. We are particularly interested in contributions which explore the…

Lecture: Paul O’Neill ‘The Exhibition-As-Medium, the Exhibition-As-Form’

The Exhibition-As-Medium, the Exhibition-As-Form – Three Principal Categories of Organisation: The Background, the Middle-ground and the Foreground Paul O’Neill Monash University Museum of Art, in conjunction with Iteration Again, is pleased to present a public lecture by UK-based visiting curator, artist and writer Dr. Paul O’Neill. The group exhibition-form has become the primary site for curatorial experimentation and, as such, represents a relatively new discursive space around artistic practice. Paul O’Neill will describe how cumulative and expanding exhibition-forms can constitute an investigation into how the curatorial role is made manifest, through cohesive and co-operative exhibition-making structures applied through close involvement with artists during all stages of the exhibition production. This lecture will look at how a series of exhibitions create spatial relations between different planes of interaction for the viewer, and how three spatial categories of organisation can represent this in…

Chris Kraus Keynote Lecture, Friday 14th October

Chris Kraus Keynote Lecture MUMA is honoured to present a keynote lecture by filmmaker, writer and editor Chris Kraus as part of the Chris Kraus exhibition opening at MUMA on Thursday 13th October.. In 2011, the New York Times described Kraus as ‘one of our smartest and most original writers on contemporary art and culture’; and her novel I Love Dick was cited by Frieze magazine as one of the most important books of the past two decades. Following the recent publication of Where Art Belongs, Semiotext(e) 2011, Chris Kraus presents a new lecture of expanded art and cultural criticism. Chris Kraus Chris Kraus is the author of Video Green: Los Angeles Art and The Triumph of Nothingness and the novels Aliens and Anorexia, I Love Dick, and Torpor. Kraus is the founding editor of the Semiotext(e) series ‘Native Agents’;…

NGV Symposium – ‘Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art’

NGV Symposium – ‘Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art’ A range of speakers will discuss the origins and evolution of the Western Desert Art movement. Speakers include: Fred Myers, Silver Prof & Chair, Department of Anthropology, New York University Dr Philip Batty, Senior Curator, Anthropology (Central Australia), Museum Victoria Dick Kimber, historian & catalogue contributor Prof Paul Carter, Chair in Creative Place Research, Deakin University Paul Sweeney, Manager, Papunya Tula Artists Bobby West Tjupurrula, Papunya Tula artist About the Exhibition Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art features over 200 of the first paintings produced at Papunya in 1971–72 by the founding artists of the Western Desert art movement. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Uta Uta Tjangala, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi and Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula. Tjukurrtjanu establishes the connection between these first works on board and their iconographic sources: the ancestral designs that embellish objects, the…

Call for Papers: ‘Visions’ Sixth International Conference of Iconographic Studies, Rijeka, Croatia May-June 2012

Call for Papers Visions: Sixth International Conference of Iconographic Studies Rijeka (Croatia), May 30 – June 1, 2012 Deadline: Dec 30, 2011 The Center for Iconographic Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Rijeka, the Department of Art History, Iconology Research Group and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Institute of English Studies, SAS, University of London are pleased to announce the call for the Visions – Sixth International Conference of Iconographic Studies  in Rijeka,  30 May – 1 June, 2012. This conference seeks to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue as well as to continue the cycle of sessions for scholarly discourse on significant subjects in iconographic studies. The conference presentations will deal with different subjects concerning ‘visions’ with an emphasis upon the relation between mysticism and art in the European Middle Ages (other periods in Art history are included as well). The themes and subjects for discussion are as follows: concepts of visions semantics of…

Funding: Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship 2012–2014, Frick Collection, New York

Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship 2012–2014 Frick Collection, New York The Frick Collection is pleased to announce the availability of a two-year predoctoral fellowship for an outstanding doctoral candidate who wishes to pursue a curatorial career in an art museum. The fellowship will offer invaluable curatorial training and will provide the scholarly and financial resources required for completing the doctoral dissertation. Internationally renowned for its exceptional collection of Western European art from the early Renaissance through the end of the nineteenth century, The Frick Collection, complemented by the equally significant resources of the Frick Art Reference Library, offers a unique opportunity for object-based research. The fellowship is best suited to a student working on a dissertation that pertains to one of the major strengths of the Collection and Library. The Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow will have an opportunity to…

Lecture: ‘François Boucher, history painter’ Mark Ledbury, Power Professor, The University of Sydney NB Date CHANGE

Ursula Hoff Annual Lecture Ursula Hoff Annual Lecture: François Boucher, history painter Mark Ledbury, Power Professor, The University of Sydney For many, in the eighteenth century and after, Francois Boucher came to symbolize a malaise in French painting, an epoch where noble male ideals of history painting were abandoned in favour of the frivolous, the feminine, the decorative. But this is a skewed picture. This lecture seeks to reexamine Boucher’s career as a history painter, by exploring some overlooked or little known works by the painter, including the splendid pair in the NGV and by reconsidering what Boucher and his age understood history painting to be. It will also think about History painting as it was understood by Boucher’s predecessors and contemporaries to challenge some long held notions about what History painting is. Date: Wednesday 9th November 2011, 6:30pm Venue: Clemenger…

Call for Papers – The British World: Religion, Memory, Culture and Society, July 2012

The British World: Religion, Memory, Culture and Society University of Southern Queensland, July 2nd to July 5th, 2012 Proposals are now invited for ‘The British World Conference, to be held at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, in conjunction with the Public Memory Research Centre and the Anglican Historical Society of Australia. The conference seeks to increase scholarly understandings of the religious and cultural adjustments that accompanied British political change and expansion. This conference is an exciting regional and international opportunity for the convergence of scholars in a range of disciplines, from history, religious studies, literature, e-pedagogies, education, post-colonialism, anthropology, legal studies, sociology and indigenous studies. This conference will provide a stimulating forum for the latest research in a range of disciplines. Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of history and or place where the government, religion, people and cultures…

Conference – Love and Devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads – State Library of Victoria

Love and Devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, 12–14 April 2012 A conference presented by The State Library of Victoria in partnership with Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford This cross-disciplinary conference will explore cultural convergences in literature, art and architecture, history and philosophy from the time of Firdausi in the early 11th century to the present day, within the various Persian empires, Ottoman Turkey, Mughal India and Europe. The two-day conference coincides with a major exhibition at the State Library of Victoria, Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond. The conference is presented by the State Library of Victoria in partnership with the Australian National University and with support from The Asian Arts Society of Australia. Distinguished international guests and Australian specialists will explore themes including Persian ideals of love and devotion as expressed through the arts,…

Lecture: Gerard Vaughan ‘Sex, Lies and Theft in the Late Eighteenth-Century: the Underbelly of the Taste for the Antique’

Sex, Lies and Theft in the Late Eighteenth-Century: the Underbelly of the Taste for the Antique Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria The possession of antiquities of quality defined the taste of European elites of the late 18th century. As demand far outstripped supply, the search for antiquities often resulted in rampant forgeries, deception and criminal behaviour. Gerard Vaughan will offer a glimpse of the underbelly of neo-classical taste, discussing the antics of these passionate collectors and their dealers, and the strategies they devised to fulfil their desire. Presented by The Friends of the Gallery Library. Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2011, 6pm for 6.30pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, (enter North entrance, via the Arts Centre forecourt) Cost: Friends of the Gallery Library: Free, please give your name and specify that you…

Symposium ‘Photography as Crime’

Photography as Crime Free Symposium presented by Monash University and CCP Saturday 15th October, 1–5pm, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy In conjunction with the In camera and in public exhibition, Monash University Art and Design and Centre for Contemporary Photography will host a free symposium on photography, privacy and public space, to be held at CCP. What are the key legal and philosophical issues relating to photography in public places? What pressures are recent changes in the relationship between publicity and privacy putting on the meaning and significance of ‘privacy’, the body and the human face? How are photographers and other artists responding to transformations in urban space brought about by increasingly participatory and automated forms of surveillance? Chaired by Dr Anne Marsh, Professor of Art Theory in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University, with presentations by: Dr Melissa Miles, Lecturer,…

Exhibition: Look Closer – Daniel King

Look Closer – Daniel King Opening Night: Tuesday 4th October 6-8pm with speech by Dr Tony Birch – writer, historian and curator, Melbourne and ‘Welcome to Country’ by Caroline Briggs – Boonerwrung Elder. What ideas and attitudes are held by various people towards those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent? In response to this Melbourne-based Indigenous film-maker and artist Daniel King has produced a series of black and white photographs that invite us to ‘look closer’ at what assumptions might underpin some of our ideas. In doing this he provides an opportunity for viewers to review, recognize and perhaps reconsider their thoughts regarding the range of negative social and cultural stereotypes that seems to prevail in a large proportion of the nation’s unconscious. Human pathos and a wry sense of humour add to King’s acute art-directing skills with playful but powerful results.…