Events

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

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Deirdre Coleman

Automaton clock representing François-Dominique Toussaint (L’Ouverture). Melbourne, Johnston Collection.

Deirdre Coleman ‘Touissant Louverture in the Johnston House Museum’ The Haitian revolution was the only successful slave revolution in history, transforming the French colony of Saint-Domingue into the independent republic of Haiti. To what extent can we see the Johnston House Museum’s automaton clock and other ‘portraits’ of Toussaint L’Ouverture as part of the West’s disavowal of the Haitian revolution’s political goals of racial equality and racial liberation? Date: Monday 27 July, 6:30pm. Venue: Please note changed venue for this month’s seminar – Linkway room, 4th floor, John Medley Building (Building 191),…

Nite Art Melbourne 2014

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Nite Art Melbourne is returning for its second year. On Wednesday 23rd July over 40 sites across Melbourne will open from 6pm until late. Galleries and Museums including the NGV, ACMI and the Ian Potter Museum of Art will be open alongside smaller galleries, artist-run spaces and temporary installations. The program is organised around precincts across the city: Melbourne University, Flinders Lane, Upper Bourke, Federation Square, North Melbourne, Spencer St, Guildford Lane and the Arts Centre. NiteArt has also collaborated with Open House Melbourne and several buildings from the 2014 program will be open for NiteArt…

University of Melbourne Cultural Treasures Festival

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The Cultural Treasures Festival will be held at the University of Melbourne on 26–27 July. Visitors to the Cultural Treasures Festival will also be able to visit the University’s architectural heritage campus sites in the Melbourne Open House program, and view the antiquarian and rare books, prints and maps in the Rare Book Fair in Wilson Hall. The rich tradition of collecting at the University of Melbourne is  reflected in its diverse museums, scientific collections, archives, libraries and public art. Collections range from historic daisy specimens in the University Herbarium,…

Lecture | Moctezuma: the question of headdress and heritage | José Antonio González Zarandona

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Controversy has always surrounded Moctezuma II, one of the most fascinating figures in the history of Mexico. As the Aztec emperor who welcomed Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés, who eventually conquered the Aztec empire, Moctezuma II is considered a traitor by some Mexicans, and a great leader by others. It has long been alleged that amongst the silver and gold Cortés took back to Spain to lay before his king was the headdress of the Aztec emperor, now displayed in all its finery at the Weltmuseum in Vienna. The authenticity of…

Exhibition | Reflections: Australian Landscape and Still Life | Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Margaret Preston, Flannel Flowers, c.1928

Reflections: Australian Landscape & Still Life is an exhibition put together by the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum Collection. This free exhibition will run at the Bundoora Homestead from Friday 18 July to Sunday 28 September 2014. The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey from the Golden Period of Australian Impressionism through the Edwardian era to modern and contemporary art. The exhibition includes still life works by A.M.E. Bale, Clarice Beckett, Rupert Bunny, Arthur Streeton and Margaret Preston. Preston’s Flannel Flowers (c.1928), is a strong example of the…

Exhibition | Fiona Connor: Wallworks | MUMA

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Fiona Connor: Wallworks at MUMA from 18 July – 20 September 2014 Opening event: Saturday 19 July 2014, 3-5pm With opening remarks by Professor Edwina Cornish, Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University at 3.30pm Presented across the entire museum, Wallworks is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist Fiona Connor. The exhibition sees Connor work with the Monash University Collection and associated works to recreate the location and installation of a number of artworks that hang in offices, lecture theatres and public spaces across…

Lecture | 2014 Duldig Lecture – Matthew Martin on Spanish Sculpture | NGV International

Guido Reni Italian 1575–1642 Saint Sebastian (San Sebastiano) 1615–20 oil on canvas 170.5 x 133.0 cm Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P00211) Spanish Royal Collection

Blood and Tears: Seventeenth-century Spanish sculpture Dr Matthew Martin, Curator, Decorative Arts & Antiquities at the NGV The Counter-reformation saw the rise of a new, more intense kind of realism in seventeenth-century Spanish art. Painters and sculptors sought to create images of Christ, the Virgin, and saints which were as lifelike and accessible as possible. This realism was starkly austere, emotionally gripping, and even gory, intended to shock the senses and stir the soul. While the painters of this period, like Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Zurbarán, are ranked amongst…

re. reading – Patrick Pound at the Lenton Parr Library

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As part of Melbourne Rare Book Week the Melbourne artist and book collector Patrick Pound will put together and exhibition at the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus (VCA). The exhibition will include subtle and poetic interventions in the library’s regular displays as well as art and ephemera related to the book and music collections, which explore the act of reading. Artist floor talk: Sunday 27 July, 2pm - Registrations for the talk are essential, bookings online  http://bit.ly/1scXAem The exhibition will run from…

Lecture | For Auld Lang Syne – The exhibition: A curator’s perspective

Keeley Halswelle The Heart of the Coolins 1886 oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria

“For Auld Lang Syne”: A curator’s perspective Associate Professor Alison Inglis, The University of Melbourne Associate Professor Alison Inglis, co-curator of the exhibition, For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation will talk about the development of this ground-breaking presentation of Scottish visual culture in colonial Australia.  The exhibition brings together over 300 objects from public and private collections across Australia and from England, and is currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (until 27 July 2014). The lecture will discuss the themes…

Study Day | A Day of Dante and William Blake | NGV International

William Blake illustration 'Dante running from Three Beasts'

Study Day: A Day of Dante Delve into Dante’s Divine Comedy and William Blake’s acclaimed series of watercolours inspired by the text. The NGV owns thirty-six of the 102 watercolours Blake executed in the 1820s to illustrate Dante’s Divine Comedy, which are regarded as among the artist’s finest and most impressive creations. The watercolours are currently on display at the NGV (along with other works by Blake) in the NGVs William Blake exhibition.  Due to the material’s light sensitivity, these works are only infrequently exhibited and the exhibition provides the rare…

What are you looking at? | Giuseppe Bonito’s The Turkish Embassy to the Court of Naples in 1741

Figure 2 Giuseppe Bonito (1707-1789), The Turkish Embassy to the Court of Naples in 1741  (1741) Madrid: Museo del Prado Oil on canvas, 207 x 170cm

What are you looking at? | Giuseppe Bonito’s The Turkish Embassy to the Court of Naples in 1741 John Weretka The Turkish Embassy to the Court of Naples in 1741 currently on display at the Museo del Prado exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Giuseppe Bonito’s name is not one that anyone other than the most enthusiastic lover of late Baroque art is likely to know. This Neapolitan painter was born in 1707 and was a student of Solimena. From the 1740s, he was engaged as a portraitist to…

News | Melbourne Open House 2014 program announced

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Melbourne Open House has announced their list of buildings for 2014. Buildings with a specific connection to the arts include: National Gallery of Victoria; Arts Centre; Johnston Collection; Australia Tapestry Workshop; City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection; Grainger Museum; and the Myer Mural Hall. Open House Melbourne is a free event, providing access to the city’s most significant buildings. Most buildings are open access across the event weekend, which means all you need to do is turn up. Several buildings or special tours must be pre-booked using the ballot system, which…

Lecture | Branden W. Joseph – Art and Dirt: Kim Gordon’s Aesthetics of Impurity

Art and Dirt: Kim Gordon’s Aesthetics of Impurity Branden W. Joseph Before embarking on her path-breaking career as singer and bassist in the band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon was a key artistic and critical voice in the New York art scene, close to such celebrated figures as Mike Kelley, Dan Graham, John Knight, Robert Longo and Laurie Anderson. Throughout the early 1980s in artist-run publications such as Real Life, ZG, Journal, and FILE, Gordon contributed a series of astute analyses of the artistic practices of these and other figures, as well as of the crossovers between art…

Symposium | Paul Klee in Peace and War: Tunisia and the German Home Front 1914-18 | Sydney

Paul Klee “A View Toward Hamamet” Tunisia

Paul Klee in Peace and War: Tunisia and the German Home Front 1914-18 22 July 2014, Art Gallery of NSW Proudly presented by The Power Institute, The University of Sydney with the generous support of the Consulate General of Switzerland, Sydney and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This forum, convened by Professor Roger Benjamin, will bring together an international panel to celebrate the centenary of Paul Klee’s famous voyage to Tunisia. Claimed by the artist himself as his ‘breakthrough to colour’, the Tunisian trip of April 1914 elicited…

Lecture | Fame and Beauty in Victorian Society: Portraits by George Frederic Watts | Barbara Bryant

G. F. Watts, Alfred Tennyson, 1858, NGV

Fame and Beauty in Victorian Society: Portraits by George Frederic Watts Dr Barbara Bryant 2014 Ursula Hoff Lecture in partnership with the Ursula Hoff Institute In his own lifetime the reputation of English painter G.F. Watts (1817-1904) was international in its reach, thanks to exhibitions around the world from Europe to America. From 1879 onward Watts’s work was regularly seen in Australia, prompting major acquisitions for growing museum collections, with the earliest occurring in 1888 here in Melbourne with a portrait of the British Poet Laureate, Alfred Tennyson, and a…