Author: Katrina Grant

Symposium: Scoping the future of cultural enrichment through cultural materials conservation

Symposium Scoping the future of cultural enrichment through cultural materials conservation 16th June 2011, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne Background Understanding the conservation of material culture is framed by the values obtained from diverse and broad disciplines. Together the values identify the line of best fit to inform our understanding of a material that is uniquely constructed and aged in an array of climatic conditions. This one-day conservation symposium organised by the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) includes five panels on current materials based research in Australia across the themes of conservation methodologies, data management, climate and materials, imaging and non-destructive analysis and materials analysis. Research draws on a number of research grants awarded by the Australian Research Council including The Twentieth Century in Paint, and strong institutional engagement across Australia, Southeast Asia, the UK…

Melbourne Conversations: Talk Blak, Talking back: Conversations on Political Blak Art

Media commentary and debate around Indigenous identity and history is a topical subject. Join the conversation around the contribution that politically engaged urban based contemporary Indigenous visual artists have made to issues of identity, culture, racism and history. Date: Thursday 2 June 2011 Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm. Entry from 5.30pm Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne Panellists: Mr Vernon Ah Kee – Visual Artists and member of collective proppaNOW, Queensland. Ms Bindi Cole – Visual Artist, Melbourne. Dr Tony Birch – Writer, Historian and Curator, Melbourne. Moderator: Daniel Browning, Producer/Presenter of Awaye! ABC Radio National. For more information see the Melbourne Conversations website.

Melbourne Conversations: Contemporary Art and the Public Arena: Global Perspectives

As part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150 year anniversary celebrations, a distinguished global panel of art professionals will consider the critical importance of creating, collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. This free event is special collaboration between the City of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. Date: Wednesday 25 May 2011 Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Entry from 5.30pm Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne Panellists: Mr Bill Henson – Visual Artist, Melbourne Ms Mami Kataoka – Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Mr Li Lei, Director – Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China Mr Terry Smith –  Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, Henry Clay Frick Department of the History and Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, USA Moderator: Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne For further information see the…

Review: The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. Kim Clayton-Greene

Review by Kim Clayton-Greene of The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 The Victorian and Albert Museum, London 2 April – 17 July 2011 Reviewed by Kim Clayton-Greene ‘The Cult of Beauty’, brings together some of the finest objects and works of art produced by those artists and craftsmen who revolutionized late nineteenth-century British art and society.  As the introductory wall text states, these men and women were united by ‘the desire to escape the ugliness and materialism of the age and find a new beauty’. The exhibition begins by demonstrating the way this ‘new beauty’ manifested itself in all realms of art and life by placing immediately opposite the entrance door Frederic Leighton’s sculpture The Sluggard (1851) (Fig. 1), Edward Burne-Jones’s gilded, ornamental A Peacock (1886) (Fig. 2), Thomas Jeckyll’s…

Call for Papers: Impressions of Colour: Rediscovering Colour in Early Modern Printmaking, ca 1400-1700

Call for Papers Impressions of Colour: Rediscovering Colour in Early Modern Printmaking, ca 1400-1700 Cambridge, 8-9 December 2011 The absence of colour has been long been considered a defining characteristic of early modern printmaking. Colour printing from the hundreds of years between the invention of the printing press and 1700, when Christophe Le Blon developed the three-colour method we use today, has been thought of as rare and extraordinary. However, new research has revealed that bright inks added commercial value, didactic meaning and visual emphasis to subjects as diverse as anatomy, art, astronomy, biology, cartography, medicine, militaria and polemics in both single-sheet prints and books. Despite the significance and scale of these discoveries, the bias against colour continues to dominate print scholarship; the colour in colour prints is often ignored. As the technology to disseminate images in their original colour…

Funding: Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust are pleased to announce a new PhD scholarship for full-time study. Eligibility: The scholarship will be open to a student studying for a PhD on the subject of women artists (or a single woman artist) of any period in art history. Candidates from any country are eligible. Scholarship amount: The scholarship will be the sum of £28,890 per annum to cover the living costs and tuition fees for an overseas student, or the sum of £19,400 per annum to cover the living costs and tuition fees for a UK/EU student. Scholarship period: Three academic years for a student starting a research degree in the academic year 2011/12 (Students whose PhDs are in progress at The Courtauld are also eligible to…

Lecture: George Eastman House: Past, Present, Future

Kodak Salon Lecture George Eastman House: Past, Present, Future Dr Alison Nordström will survey the history of George Eastman House—the oldest museum of its kind in the world—since its opening in 1947. Nordström will address the formation of Eastman House collections and the influence of those collections on our understanding of photographic history. She will discuss the seminal Eastman House exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape (1975). In its day, New Topographics signalled the emergence of a new approach to landscape photography. Finally, Nordström will consider how contemporary artists like Abelardo Morrell, Mark Klett and Simon Norfolk are using nineteenth century material to explore the contents and form of the historical archive.www.eastmanhouse.org Alison Nordström is Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House. She was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida…

Symposium: History of the Gallery School

Symposium History of the Gallery School As part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150th celebrations, the VCA is hosting a symposium about the history of the Gallery School, started in 1867 under the leadership of Eugene von Guérard. The Gallery School is the founding institution of the VCA, formed in 1972 under Lenton Parr. This day of talks will investigate the history of the great art school, and will include stories and debates about the many leading and significant figures in a distinguished history. For a full program click here (pdf). Date: Friday 20 May 2011, 9:00am to 5:30pm Venue: Clemenger Theatre, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank Admission: Free, bookings are essential Bookings: +61 3 8662 1555 More information: click here

Lecture: Alison Carroll, ‘The Revolutionary Century: Art in Asia 1900-2000’

Alison Carroll, curator and author, presents a lecture on Asian art in the twentieth century. There is a gap in our of knowledge of what connects the pre-twentieth century dominance of ‘traditional’ Asian arts and the rise of the internationally celebrated contemporary art of the region today. This lecture gives an overview of the main trends in the art of the region over the course of the twentieth century, from the iconoclastic young Japanese of the 1900s, to the passionate nation-building of artists in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines mid century, and to the blossoming of artistic practice across all countries in the 1980s. Find out about a period too little known by us all, see images of near neighbours that parallel many artists in Australia and add to your understanding of this amazing region. Date: Wednesday May 18th, 6:30pm.…

EVCS: Robert W. Gaston ‘Exploring a Postmodernist Bronzino’

This lecture was first delivered on December 10, 2010 at the British Institute, Florence, as the keynote address for the conference Agnolo Bronzino – Medici Court Artist in Context, a convegno that, in the words of its proposer, Prof. Andrea Gáldy, “sought to place the major exhibition of Bronzino’s work organised by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi into a broader artistic, historical, and economic context. Unlike a catalogue, the conference sessions will be organised thematically rather than focused exclusively on specific works by the artist, and will encourage specialists in other fields (such as tapestries or theatre) to bring new perspectives to bear on the artist and his world. We thus propose to anchor Bronzino in time, space, and the stylistic development of sixteenth century Italian art, without losing sight of trends in social and political history or patronage in Florence…

Lecture: ‘Changing Cities: Landscape as an integrated perspective’ Martha Fajardo

DEAN’S LECTURE SERIES 2011 – Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne ‘Changing Cities: Landscape as an integrated perspective’ Martha Fajardo, Landscape Architect, Bogotá Day after day people’s lives are affected by poor or inadequately planned development. The world is in flux: climate change, deforestation, floods, urbanization, the shifting weight of the developing world, and the rising shortage of resources are causing us to rethink the way we design places. The complexity of the modern world presents both challenges and opportunities to those who conceive and shape built, natural and social environments. Using Colombia as a case study, leading landscape architect Martha Fajardo will give a Latin-American perspective into this global issue. Martha is CEO of Grupo Verde Ltda, a firm dedicated to the professional practice of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Urbanism and Urban Design, based in Colombia…

Funding: RIBA Research Trust Awards

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Trust Awards Objective The intention of the awards scheme is to support recent architecture graduates who are pursuing research in the field of Architecture. It is anticipated that award winners may in subsequent years undertake a career as skilled researchers in the architectural field. The RIBA may also award applicants who are already further into their careers. Awards may be given to teachers and practising architects with some research interest. Eligibility The awards scheme is open to applicants interested in a wide range of subject matter relevant to the advancement of architecture, and connected arts and sciences, in the United Kingdom. The RIBA Research Trust Award is for a closely defined piece of architectural research. The committee will support practice-led or academic research, but it will not support course fees and subsistence costs for PhD/MPhil or Masters programmes. Awards are given only…

Lecture Series: Inner Worlds – Portraits and Psychology

Inner Worlds – Portraits & Psychology This intriguing exhibition highlights points of intense connection between psychology and portraiture in Australian art and social history. It includes portraits of influential women and men of psychology from World War I to the 1950s, and portraits by artists inspired by the inner worlds of the subconscious from the 1940s to now. In conjunction with the exhibition the National Portrait Gallery is hosting a series of lectures. Saturdays in May and June, 2:00 – 3:00pm. All lectures are free. For further information and enquiries visit the NPG website: http://www.portrait.gov.au/site/programs_category.php?categoryId=47 Lecture series The art of Inner Worlds Date: Saturday 7 May, 2.00 – 3.00pm Venue: Liangis Theatre Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the development of an exhibition that spans from Surrealism to contemporary art. Christopher discusses the work of Australian artists Albert Tucker,…

Funding: Postdoctoral Research Associates at CASVA (US)

Postdoctoral Research Associates at CASVA The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art seeks to appoint two postdoctoral research associates to support CASVA projects for two-year terms (renewable for a third year). Incumbents conduct full-time advanced scholarly research under the direction of a dean and as defined by the parameters of long-term research projects of the Center. Research associates are employees of the National Gallery of Art and are entitled to full use of the Gallery’s research facilities and services. As members of the Center’s scholarly community, research associates are expected to participate in the ongoing activities of the Center. They are also encouraged to pursue their own scholarly research. The positions require a PhD in one of the following fields: Early modern Italian art and architecture 18th- and 19th-century architecture and…

Call for Papers: Renaissance Society of America 2012, Washington

Call for Papers The Fifty-eighth Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America Washington, D.C. 22-24 March 2012 The Program Committee invites submissions for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Renaissance Studies, or the era ca. 1300-1650. You need not be a member of RSA to submit a proposal, but if your paper is accepted you must become a member and register for the conference. Proposals are evaluated by the Program Committee for their scholarly contribution to an aspect of the field. Each proposed paper must include: contact information for author; title; abstract (150 word maximum); keywords; and a one-page curriculum vitae. Proposals may be submitted by individual scholars, by RSA Discipline Representatives, or by Representatives of Associate Organizations. Only individuals may submit single papers, and they may submit one proposal; Disciplines and Associate Organizations submit complete sessions only. Any…