Category: Melbourne Events

Art and Art History related events in Melbourne. We welcome submissions in this category. If you are organising or know of an event that would be of interest to our readers please see ‘Contact Us’ for detail on how to submit an item.

Free Public Lecture | Design Sensibility: Viennese émigrés in Australia | Harriet Edquist

 Annual Duldig Lecture for 2017 | Wednesday 18th October 2017 Design Sensibility: Viennese émigrés in Australia Professor Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History, RMIT University   Situated between international modernism on the one hand and local debates about “Australian” architecture and design propounded by Robin Boyd and others on the other, Viennese designers negotiated the values of domestic design they had absorbed in the cities of Europe within a fast-changing postwar Australian environment. In this lecture Harriet Edquist will show how personal histories of émigré and refugee Viennese designers throw into question Australian design history’s often limited definition of design as a purely modernist professional practice beholden to a national agenda. It will argue that on the contrary, geographical and cultural boundaries are fluid, that learning never stops, that memory was often central to the émigré expression of “home” and…

Creative Women in Conversation | Kate Rohde and Leah Justin | Duldig Studio

Creative Women in Conversation. Join Kate Rohde and Leah Justin in discussion. Find out what it’s really like to be a woman in the art and design fields in Australia today!   This discussion wll take place at the Duldig Studio in October, the second in an eight part series of discussions between women in the arts and business, inspired by Duldig Studio’s  current exhibition SLAWA modernist art and design. This month: SCULPTURE with installation artist, sculptor, mixed media artist and painter Kate Rohde and Leah Justin, co-founder of JAHM – Justin House Museum and a passionate collector of contemporary art. Date: Saturday 14 October from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. Venue: Duldig Studio – an artists’ house museum and gallery, 92 Bourke Road Malvern East For more information www.duldig.org.au and book via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/creative-women-in-conversation-2-tickets-37380096876 Download the flyer for the full series here (pdf)

Panel Discussion | The art and imagery of Rene Magritte – Tuesday 10th October | St Kilda

A Panel Discussion: The art and imagery of Rene Magritte Tuesday 10 October, 6:30pm-8pm Alliance Francaise, Eildon Gallery, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda A Panel of art experts will discuss the work of the Belgian artist, René Magritte and how he came to influence contemporary art, film, culture, advertising and imagery. Questions regarding Magritte’s aims, imagery, aesthetics, skill, sources, techniques, meanings and methods will be addressed. This discussion coincides with the staging of the world-first exhibition René Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films at Latrobe Regional Gallery, which provides a stunning insight into the life, work and thinking of René Magritte, one of the world’s most important 20th Century artists. Audience participation is most welcome. RSVP HERE The panellists include: Dr Pierre Van Osselaer, Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium in Melbourne; Dr Ken Wach, Associate Professor,…

Rae Alexander Lecture 2017 | Dr Richard Haese on the landmark exhibition The Field at the National Gallery of Victoria

James Doolin, United States 1932–2002, lived in Australia 1965–67, Artificial landscape 67/5, 1967, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with funds provided by the National Gallery Society of Victoria, Governor, 1985 (AC11-1985)

This year’s 20th annual La Trobe University Art History Alumni Rae Alexander Lecture will be presented by leading art historian Dr Richard Haese. He will explore the landmark exhibition, The Field on the 50th anniversary of this remarkable showcase. The Field is regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge paintings and sculptures. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks. The Field Revisited will be on exhibition at the NGV in May 2018. Dr RICHARD HAESE is an art historian and is currently…

Boiler Room Lecture: Kitty Scott – Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? | SLV

Boiler Room Lecture: Kitty Scott – Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017, 6.00–7.30pm Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE. Book here This lecture will be AUSLAN interpreted and is wheelchair accessible. Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA in association with the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane is pleased to present a special lecture by visiting international curator Kitty Scott, Co-curator of the Liverpool Biennial 2018. The lecture will be convened by Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice, Monash University. Kitty Scott will introduce the artistic concept and rationale behind the 10th edition of the Liverpool Biennial. Beautiful world, where are you? (14 July – 28 October 2018) is an exhibition that invites artists and audiences to reflect on…

Performance | Remedy 2017 | VCA

Eminent Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) alumnus and former staff member Jon Campbell has curated two programs of performance by alumna, staff and current students. For over 15 years, Campbell’s Remedy programs encouraged VCA students to explore artistic expression beyond studio practice to include music, spoken word and performance art. Performers: Sean Peoples Mia Schoen red debris (Rachel Button & Skye Baker) PAMELA (Georgina Glanville, Minna Gilligan, Jon Campbell) Ariane Jaccarini & Benjamin Baker Kim Donaldson Naoise Halloran-Mackay Cinnamon Dynamo (Noriko Nakamura) Painting Choir The Band Presents Date: 6-7pm, Thursday 21 Sep, 2017 Venue: Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank Registrations here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/remedy-tickets-37442812460

Writing & Concepts | Fayen d’Evie presents Tactile Poetics and Embodied Reading

Fayen d’Eviepresents: “Tactile Poetics and Embodied Reading” Sat 23 September 3:00pm at C3 Contemporary Art Space 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067 Facebook event – website FAYEN D’EVIE is an artist and writer whose practice engages with installation, performance, conversation, publishing and writing. Her work is increasingly interested in shifting the focus of exhibition making from prioritising the sense of sight, to more embodied encounters. Often collaborative, her work operates in the space of shared production and active, participative audience reception. Fayen’s work includes performative scores for tactile encounters with artworks, responsive installations that treat artworks as choreographic objects, and archiving of ephemeral and/or neglected practices. Recent exhibitions include ee//hm, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, 2016; Beyond Exhausted, Physics Room, Christchurch, 2016; […] {…} […] handovers + translations, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne 2016; Human Commonalities, V.A.C. and the State Museum…

Talk | Anne Dunlop – Italy, the Mongol Empire, and Cangrande’s Silk Suit | University of Melbourne

Early Modern Circle 18 September – Professor Anne Dunlop, University of Melbourne Italy, the Mongol Empire, and Cangrande’s Silk Suit Monday 18 September at 6:15 pm in the North Theatre, Room 239 Old Arts, University of Melbourne. Abstract: When the tomb of the medieval ruler of Verona, Cangrande della Scala (ob. 1329), was opened in 1921, it was discovered that he had been buried in a hastily assembled outfit made from local and imported silks. His hat, cape, gown, and hose survived, more or less intact, along with fragments of other textiles. The major fabrics were from Central Asia, a testament to the international trade in textiles, from China to Northern Europe, in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, after the rise in the Mongol Empire. Yet despite intensive study, there are still disputes about where Cangrande’s silks were manufactured and how common…

Symposium | The Turbulent Thirties | NGV

In a series of illustrated presentations, curators and historians speak on a chosen artwork from Brave New World: Australia 1930s, concluding with a walk through of the exhibition hosted by co-curators Dr Isobel Crombie and Elena Taylor. SPEAKERS Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, NGV on Max Dupain’s Sunbaker (1938) Prof Rachel Fensham, Professor of Dance and Theatre, University of Melbourne on Andre’s Sonia Revid posing against a wall (1934) Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Sydney Living Museums on Grace Cossington Smith’s The Bridge in-curve (1930) Myles Russell-Cook, Curator, Indigenous Art, NGV on Percy Leason’s Thomas Foster (1934) Elena Taylor, Curator of Art, University of New South Wales on Danila Vassilieff’s Street scene with graffiti (1938) Date: SAT 16 SEP, 10AM–1.30PM Venue: NGV Australia $28 M / $35 A / $32 C, includes exhibition admission More information and bookings via the NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/the-turbulent-thirties/

Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy

Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy Thursdays, 5, 12, 19 & 26 October and 2 November, 2017, 6.15pm-8.15pm ‘All our knowledge begins with the senses…’ (Immanuel Kant). The Faculty of Arts brings together scholars working in the field of Italian studies to present this series of evening lectures exploring the notion of ‘what is Italian’, through an historical journey of the five senses: scent, sight, sound, taste, and touch. Held over five consecutive weeks this program brings to life aspects of Italian culture, history, art, film, literature, music, and food of significant moments throughout Italian history. Learn about the history of perfumes and engage in an interactive session sampling and receiving perfumes from Aquaflor, a Florentine perfume house presented by international olfactory specialist Dr Antonio Artese from Italy. Uncover the hidden identity of one of our beloved Iocal Italian paintings with…

Panel Discussion | Is ethnographic photography still a thing?

Is ethnographic photography still a thing? Panel discussion | Australians in PNG Date: 2-3.30pm, 2 September 2017 Venue: Monash Gallery of Art Website: https://www.mga.org.au/event/view/event/568 Join our panellists Artist Lisa Hilli, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre Dr Sharon Huebner and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala as they explore the history of ethnographic photography and question its role in contemporary society. Book your FREE ticket here  About our speakers: Lisa Hilli Born in Rabaul, Lisa is a descendant of the Makurategete Vunatarai (clan) Tolai / Gunantuna people of Papua New Guinea. She received a Masters of Fine Art by Research degree from RMIT University. Through her practice Lisa references and prioritises Indigenous knowledge and matrilineal systems to subvert colonial and Western histories contained with ethnographic and archival material. Currently Lisa is a Museums Victoria 1854 Scholar undertaking a…

Exhibitions at the State LIbrary of Victoria

Self-made: zines and artist books This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture, from limited-run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines. Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, ground-breaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications, and artist books designed to defy tradition and buck the commercial gallery system. Free Open daily during Library hours 11 August –12 November 2017 Free guided tours: Tuesdays 12.30pm, Thursdays 6pm, Sundays 3pm Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery Looped: artist books in the round In this unique installation from artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, each glass-panelled cabinet case around the domed reading room’s original heritage dais becomes a page. Free Open daily during Library hours 4 August –26 November 2017 La Trobe Reading Room

Writing & Concepts | Brooke Babington “All w/o tongue” | RMIT Design Hub

Brooke Babington presents: “All w/o tongue” Date: Thu 7 September 6:00pm at RMIT Design Hub Level 3 Lecture Theatre, Building 100, Cnr Victoria and Swanston Streets Carlton BROOKE BABINGTON is an artist, writer and curator. Exploring power and social dynamics, her work engages with ideas of ideology, the mythology of the artist and language. Recent exhibitions include: No Nuisance, The Alderman, 2015; This is Where you Fold Like a Cheap Suit, TCB, 2012 and Working Holiday, Rear View 2011. Recent group exhibitions include: What Has (Has Not), TCB 2013; Synonyms for Sincerity, Alaska Projects 2013; Fury Road, Appendix Project Space (Portland), 2013 and OOO (curated by Anusha Kenny), Daine Singer Gallery 2011. From 2013 to 2014 Brooke was the Director of Slopes, a twelve-month, not-for-profit project space in Melbourne with Melissa Loughnan and Helen Hughes. Her curatorial projects have included…

Dr. Adelina Modesti | The Female Virtuosa at the Court of Medici Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere: ladies-in-waiting, artists, musicians, actresses and writers

Dr. Adelina Modesti, La Trobe University The Female Virtuosa at the Court of Medici Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere: ladies-in-waiting, artists, musicians, actresses and writers. This talk is part of the Early Modern Circle Series and will take place this coming Monday 21 August at 6:15 pm in the North Theatre, Room 239 Old Arts, University of Melbourne. Abstract: This paper will address the cultural patronage (“matronage”) of Grand Duchess of Tuscany Vittoria della Rovere via an examination of the virtuoso women artists, musicians and writers she supported throughout her long life. Victoria was an active matron of the arts who gathered round her some of the most important female cultural producers of the day, sponsoring their creative work, and developing their talent. Some of these women were her ladies-in-waiting, whom she educated as artists, musicians or embroiderers as part of their cultural…

Lectures and Study Tour | Desert Minimalism to the New Louvre

The University of Melbourne is prresenting a series of public lectures in the lead up to their study tour to the United Arab Emirates and State of Qatar. See more information about the study tour here. To book for any of the lectures or for further information see the website here. Fully booked Monday, 21 August 2017 6.15pm–7.15pm  ‘The Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Twenty-First Century Art Museum: From Agent of the West to Global Art Experience’ Presenter: Associate Professor Christopher Marshall The Louvre Abu Dhabi is scheduled to open its doors to the public in November 2017 following ten years of planning and development. One of the most high profile and eagerly anticipated international museum projects of the past fifty years, this initiative has the potential to re-define what we mean by a public art museum in the 21st…