Author: Katrina Grant

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.…

Bill Henson in conversation with Natalie King at Monash Gallery of Art

Bill Henson in conversation with Natalie King at Monash Gallery of Art Bill Henson held his first solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1975, at the age of 19. Since that time he has become one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Henson discuss his experiences as a young photographer with curator and writer Natalie King. Proceeds from this event will assist the MGA Foundation acquire two rare photographs by iconic Australian photographer Carol Jerrems for MGA’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs. Like Henson, Jerrems was part of the groundbreaking generation of young photographers who came of age in the 1970s. Date: Thursday 13th October, 20117.30PM. Venue: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill,Victoria. Price: $25 General public; $20 Friends of MGA & Students BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL phone 03…

Call for Papers: Reflections on Revolution and Romanticism

The Romantic Studies Association of Australasia Reflections on Revolution and Romanticism A Postgraduate Symposium The University of Sydney, 25th – 26th November hosted by the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA) Papers are invited from all Postgraduate Students on the subject of Revolution and Romanticism, encompassing revolutions in Literature, Politics, Print, Science, Art, Industry, Education, Gender, Travel etc. “The French Revolution,” wrote William Hazlitt, “might be described as a remote but inevitable result of the invention of the art of printing.” Hazlitt’s description is only one of a multitude blending political, scientific, and cultural causes to explain the various revolutions that characterise and define the Romantic age. Papers are invited from all postgraduates working in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries on the broad subject of Revolution and Romanticism, including but not limited to revolutions in literature, politics, print, science, art,…

Funding: Visiting Fellowships at Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge UK

Visiting Fellowships at CRASSH University of Cambridge – The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Deadline 12pm GMT Monday 31 October 2011 CRASSH’s Visiting Fellowships are designed to support the Centre’s thematic activities. Visiting Fellowships can be awarded for periods of up to twelve weeks in any one Cambridge term during which Fellows are expected to be in residence in Cambridge. Visiting Fellows take regular part in and contribute to the Centre’s programme of events, including weekly work-in-progress seminars. This competition is for fellowships to be taken up during academic year 2012-13 when the theme will be Cultures and Politics of the Transregional.  The deadline for applications is 31 October 2011.  We expect to award five fellowships per term (a total of 15 fellowships) for this competition. Eligibility Applicants to the Visiting Fellowship scheme should have an established…

Shane Carmody ‘To be a Pilgrim’ Margaret Manion Lecture 2011

Margaret Manion Lecture 2011 To be a Pilgrim Shane Carmody In this lecture Shane Carmody will explore the provenance and relevance of a medieval manuscript held in the collection of the State Library of Victoria: The pilgrimage of the lyfe of the manhode and The pilgrimage of the sowle. This manuscript dates from 1430 and is an English prose translation of the famous work written by the French Cistercian Guillaume de Deguileville a century earlier. The translation had a major impact on the English imagination through the upheaval of the Reformation and later religious conflicts, and its metaphors still resonate today. This crudely made and graphically illustrated book was conserved and restored for the State Library of Victoria’s exhibition The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand. An exhibition curated by Margaret Manion and seen by over 1000 000 people in 2008.…

Call for Papers: After the New Art History (Birmingham, 26-27 Mar 2012)

Call for Papers After the New Art History (Birmingham, 26-27 Mar 2012) University of Birmingham, March 26 – 27, 2012 Deadline: Nov 11, 2011 Keynote Speakers: Griselda Pollock and Whitney Davis The term ‘new art history’ has long been an established (although contentious) part of the critical lexicon of the art historical discipline. Associated with the pioneering social and feminist art histories of T J Clark and Griselda Pollock of the 1970s (expanding in subsequent decades to encompass post-colonial, Freudian, post-Freudian and wider gender-studies approaches), it denoted a conceptual shift that foregrounded the dependence of intellectual inquiry on a priori ideological / political values. In recent years such interlinking has been undermined in a number of ways. Embryonic discourses such as neuro-art history, environmental approaches to art and neo-Darwinian accounts have sought to create alternative ‘objective,’ ‘scientific’ and depoliticised paradigms of inquiry.…

Seminar: Dr Sheridan Palmer ‘Hegel’s Owl: the Biography of Bernard Smith and the Importance of Distance’

La Trobe History Research Seminar Dr Sheridan Palmer Honorary Fellow, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne Hegel’s Owl: the Biography of Bernard Smith and the Importance of Distance Date: Thursday 22 September, 12:05 to 1:15 pm, Venue: Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Borchardt Library, Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus For more information please contact Dr Robert Kenny (Convener)  Phone: (03) 9479 1132 or  Email: r.kenny@latrobe.edu.au or history@latrobe.edu.au (RSVP not required).