Category: Events

Conferences, symposia, talks, walks and other art events in Melbourne and further afield.

Forum | Beyond Rhetoric | Gertrude Contemporary

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This forum will explore the role of the contemporary curator in light of the findings of the CoUNTess Report on gender issues in the arts. The panel will question and discuss if a gendering of opportunities occurs, contemporary curatorial approaches within the broader arts infrastructure, and what meaningful action looks like beyond rhetoric. Speakers Virginia Fraser – artist, writer, editor and curator Camila Marambio – curator and PhD candidate, Monash Art Design & Architecture, MADA Hannah Mathews – curator, Monash University Museum of Art, MUMA Elvis Richardson – CoUNTess Patrice Sharkey – Director of West Space Chaired by Dr Rebecca…

Lecture | Unbeautiful Bodies in Ancient South Italy’ Ted Robinson | NGV International

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In the art of the Greek cities of South Italy, beautiful bodies are everywhere. The norms were subverted, though, when it came to representing the comic theatre, where the players are all shown as physically grotesque. There were many more vase-paintings which depicted comedy made in South Italy than in any other part of the Greek world, and several outstanding examples are in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria. This lecture will seek to explain their conventions, and understand why depictions of unbeautiful bodies were so common in South Italy, even on vases that were used as grave-offerings.…

Forum | Australian Printmaking Past and Present | NGV Australia

anet DAWSON Montant 1960 colour lithograph 80.2 x 45.8 cm irreg. (image) 90.6 x 63.4 cm (sheet) ed. 10/40 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by the artist under the terms of the National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship, 1961 810-5 © Janet Dawson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Saturday 8th October 2pm-4:30pm On the 50th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia, celebrate printmaking by looking at its history and contemporary practice. Revisit the history of the Council, founded in 1966, and hear practitioners and printers discuss contemporary trends. Speakers will include Elizabeth Cross, independent art historian, curator and writer; Michael Kempson, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Printmaking Studies, University of New South Wales and Director, Cicada Press; Trent Walter, Director, Negative Press; John Nixon, artist; Raymond Arnold, printmaker; Sean Smith and Kylie Blackley, The Ownership Project; and, eX de Medici and Ros Atkins, print collaborators. Cost $16…

LECTURE POSTPONED | Writing and Concepts #20 | Lou Hubbard | RMIT Design Hub

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UPDATE – This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a date after 6 October – exact details to be advised. Apologies for inconvenience caused.   Lou Hubbard …speculates on the role that writing plays in the development of the concepts in her work. RMIT Design Hub, L3 Lecture Theatre 5:00pm Thursday 22 September Link to Facebook event LOU HUBBARD makes assemblage sculptures, videos, and room-scape installations – sometimes photos and collages. The horse is a motif that has recurred often in her work that focuses on the dynamics of training, submission and the aesthetics of sentimentality. Objects…

Art and Music Lecture Series | University of Tasmania | Professor Antonio Baldassarre

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UPDATE from the Uniersity of Tasmania “We wish to advise that due to circumstances beyond our control, Prof. Antonio Baldassarre is unable to join us to present his scheduled public lectures at the University of Tasmania. We are currently in negotiations with Prof. Baldassarre for the public lectures to be presented at a later date. We will advise details once known.” The University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, in association with the Tasmanian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, presents a series of free lectures by visiting scholar Professor Antonio Baldassarre exploring the interconnections between art and music from…

Lecture | Gareth Sansom and the Great Outdoors

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Gareth Sansom and the Great Outdoors A lecture by Rex Butler STATION 9 Ellis Street, South Yarra Saturday 17th September, 2:00pm “Most critics who write on the work of Gareth Sansom (and even Sansom himself) speak about the final aesthetic unification of the various images and styles he scatters around his canvases. It would be as though he takes his works out to the furthest edge of stylelessness and disaggregation before in the end pulling them back in. But what if this wasn’t the way Sansom operated at all? What if, on the contrary, his project involved the difficult (almost…

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Lecture | Art and Detection: Investigating Louis Duffy, a Forgotten British Painter of the Second World War – Ted Gott | University of Melbourne

Louis Duffy (1908-98), Christ driving out the money changers, c. 1940. Oil on canvas, 122.4 × 152.9 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Purchased with the assistance of Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, 2006)

In September 2006 the National Gallery of Victoria acquired at auction a remarkable painting by a virtually unknown artist: Christ Turning Out the Money Lenders, a work attributed by the auction house to a ‘Louis Duffy, 20th century’. This impressively large painting shows sixteen men dressed in c. 1940 business suits, gathered in tense confrontation in a modern-day retelling of the New Testament account of Christ expelling the money changers from the Temple. In Duffy’s composition, the Temple setting has been transmuted into a modern graveyard, and the money changers have morphed into mid-20th-century arms dealers trading munitions on the…

Public Program | barrangal gyara (skin and bones) | Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

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Kaldor Public Art Projects has announced an expansive public program of free talks and events as part of the 32nd project barrangal dyara (skin and bones) created by Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones. The program is an integral part of the overall project that includes a vast sculptural installation of thousands of white shields presented over 20,000 square-metres of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney from 17 September until 3 October 2016. The dynamic on-site public program – presented entirely free of charge to the public over 17 days – is designed to foster critical dialogues with a range of leading Indigenous…

Lectures | David Solkin and Mark Hallett on British Eighteenth-Century Art | University of Sydney

Joshua Reynolds, John Manners, Marquess of Granby (detail), 1766, oil on canvas, 247.5 x 210.2 cm, Collection of John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

The Power Institute is pleased to present two lectures on British art of the eighteenth century, by Professors David Solkin and Mark Hallett. David Solkin – English or European? Portraiture and the Politics of National Identity in Early Georgian Britain Professor Solkin’s lecture examines a fundamental shift in British portraiture during the reign of George II, which saw painters and patrons turn away from the established native heritage of Van Dyck, Lely, and Sir Godfrey Kneller, in favour of embracing the latest trends in Continental art practice. Spearheading this development were several immigrant European portraitists, led by Jean-Baptiste Van Loo, who…

Exhibition | Ronnie Van Hout and Kate Mitchell | Gertrude Contemporary

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Ronnie van Hout, YOU! Exhibition dates: 9 September – 15 October 2015 Exhibition opening: Friday 9 September, 6–8pm Venue: Front Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present You!, a solo project by Ronnie van Hout. As a leading figure in the Australasian art landscape for over two decades, van Hout has consistently brought into focus the presence of the artist within his practice. Frequently presenting himself within his extensive body of work, van Hout positions himself as the unwitting subject pervasively reappearing as a provocation to the artistic figure. The complexity of van Hout’s particular subversion…

Exhibition | The Jesus Trolley | City Gallery

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The Jesus Trolley | 30 years of Desmond Hynes pushing art and Jesus on the streets of Melbourne curated by Joanna Bosse Melbourne has been a stomping ground for street preachers for more than a century. In recent decades, Desmond Hynes has been the Nº. 1 evangelist, proselytising through both the oral and written word. The lately ‘retired’ Hynes combines the visual power of art and advertising on hand-painted signs and shopping trolleys covered in Jesus slogans. Unrefined and yet savvy, his unique hand-lettering is urgent and compelling, transcending the religious content of his god-fearing message. Opening Night: Thursday 8th…

Discussion | Migration Nation: Arts and Politics of Difference

Leslie Morgan, Manoora For Fremantle
122 x 137cm, oil, 2013 via https://lesm48.wordpress.com/anglo-indians-sail-into-australia-1947/

Join us as we explore the politics of representation and the representation of politics. Panellists: Dr Leslie Morgan, Steven Rhall, Nur Shkembi, Daniella Trimboli Dr Sara Wills will be our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. She is Course Coordinator for the Executive Master of Arts, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and a lecturer in Australian Studies at Melbourne University. BREXIT, Trumpism, the rising success of so-called ‘neo-nationalist’ parties across Europe and Pauline Hanson’s resurgence into Australian politics – these events are compelling us to assess how we view fellow citizens as the Others within.  At a more local…

Lectures | David Solkin, Kate Retford and Martin Myrone on Portraiture | National Gallery of Victoria

Edward Haytley, The Brockman family at Beachborough, c. 1744-46. Oil on canvas, 52.7 x 65 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
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A trio of public lectures on portraiture by three leading art historians: David H. Solkin FBA (Courtauld Institute of Art), Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London) and Martin Myrone (Tate Britain). These scholars are coming to Melbourne as part of the University of Melbourne’s international conference, Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits, 1700-1914 and will present three free lectures at the NGV. Information and bookings for the full Human Kind conference can be found here. David Solkin: English or European? Portraiture and the Politics of National Identity in Early Georgian Britain. Thursday 8 September, 6:00pm. Clemenger Theatre, National Gallery…

Registration Open: Conference | Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 | Melbourne September 8-11 2016

Joseph Wright of Derby Self-portrait 1765-68 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Alina Cade in memory of her husband Joseph Wright Cade, 2009

Registration is now open for Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914, presented by the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. This international conference will run from September 8 to 11 and will focus on British and Australian portraits between 1700 and 1914. Inspired by the outstanding collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, this interdisciplinary conference will be the largest gathering of international and Australian scholars to focus on portraits. It will provide a unique opportunity to explore both British and Australian portraits through a dynamic interchange between academics and curators. The keynote speakers are: David…

Book Launch | The Legacies of Bernard Smith: Essays on Australian Art, History and Cultural Politics | Ian Potter Museum of Art

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Thursday 8 Sep 2016, 2.00- 3.00pm Join Professor Rex Butler for the Melbourne launch of The Legacies of Bernard Smith: Essays on Australian Art, History and Cultural Politics. Bernard Smith could rightly be called the founder of Australian art history. His influence on Australian cultural life was immense, from the publication of Place, Taste and Tradition in 1945 until his death in September 2011. Each of his publications nurtured an Antipodean view, whether art historical or anthropological, and opened up new fields in Australian scholarship. The Legacies of Bernard Smith arises from a collaborative international conference convened in 2012 between the…