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.

Boiler Room Lecture | Ritual intimacy – Conversation with Christian Thompson, Professor Sarah Joseph, Hettie Perkins

Thursday 18 May 2017, 6:00-7.30pm Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE. Bookings required: muma.rsvp@monash.edu MUMA is pleased to present a special conversation between leading Australian artist Christian Thompson and Professor Sarah Joseph, Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, convened by curator and writer Hetti Perkins. The conversation will traverse ideas of cultural hybridity, the ethics of working with cultural material from museum collections, Australia’s colonial history, the environment and the importance of country and language. This event coincides with the exhibition, Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy, the first major survey exhibition by the artist at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), curated by Charlotte Day and Hetti Perkins. Christian Thompson, of the Bidjara people, works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore notions of identity, race and…

Photography in Focus | National Gallery Victoria

Saturday 20 May, 10am – 4.30pm, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International What photography trends are inspiring current photography practice and what can we expect to see in future? Explore key areas of photography including portraiture, performance and the role of the artist as curator in a series of talks and discussions. Program Introduction to NGV Festival of Photography Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV Eye of the Beholder: The Photographic Portrait (Session One) Dr Daniel Palmer, Associate Professor, Art Theory Program, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University David Rosetzky , artist Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV The Artist as Curator as Artist (Session Two) Dr Kyla McFarlane, Acting Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Patrick Pound, artist Maggie Finch, Curator, Photography, NGV  Photography and the Question of Making Visible…

Cancelled – Writing & Concepts at RMIT Design Hub | Bryce Ives – Restrictions x Freedom

From the organisers – This event has been cancelled due to illness and will be rescheduled to a later date – apologies for any inconvenience caused. Bryce Ives presents: Restrictions x Freedom at the RMIT Design Hub Level 3 Lecture Theatre, Building 100, Cnr Victoria and Swanston Streets Carlton link to facebook event BRYCE IVES is the Director of the Gippsland Centre of Art and Design and the Ballarat Arts Academy at Federation University Australia. Federation University plays a unique role in regional Victoria for its studio-based undergraduate and graduate programs in visual arts, graphic and communication design, acting and music theatre. Sought after as a theatre maker, facilitator, broadcaster, and writer; the breadth of Ives’ work is interdisciplinary. Ives successfully led the strategic development of Australia’s leading youth participation projects, including SYN Youth Media (2003 to 2007 as General…

Talk and Launch | Barbara Creed – Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene

The Power Institute and the Ian Potter Museum of Art are pleased to invite you to a talk by Barbara Creed to mark the launch of her book ‘Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene’ Barbara Creed’s timely polemic explores the relationship between human and animal in the context of the stray. To celebrate the launch of this new publication, Creed, with respondent Dr lynn mowson, Vice Chair of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, will discuss the concept of the stray through the visual arts, film and literature, introducing the concept of the anthropogenic stray and exploring the contradictions it embodies. Following the talk, Stray will be officially launched by curator Victoria Lynn, Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art. A stray, to stray, the act of straying. The stray is the outsider, other, exile, refugee—the one who lives apart from the mainstream or isolated…

Lecture Series | A Life in Pictures – Vincent Alessi on Van Gogh | NGV International

A LIFE OF PICTURES – Saturday 13th, Sunday 21st and Saturday 27th MAY, 2-3pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium – NGV International Journey through Van Gogh’s multifaceted career as an artist in a series of illustrated lectures by Dr Vincent Alessi. Dr Vincent Alessi is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at La Trobe University and an alumni of The University of Melbourne. His research interests include the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, mid-late nineteenth century European art, nineteenth century popular graphic illustration and Australian contemporary visual art and curatorial practice. Vincent completed his PhD on Van Gogh’s collection of black-and-white popular illustrations and is currently undertaking research on the influence of Charles Dickens on Van Gogh. Alessi has also held numerous positions within cultural institutions including Curatorial Manager at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne…

Writing & Concepts at Bus Projects – talk by Daniel von Sturmer

Daniel von Sturmer presents the talk: “Electric Light (facts/figures)” (2017). at Bus Projects 25-31 Rokeby Street, Collingwood 4 May at 18:00–19:30 link to facebook event DANIEL VON STURMER’S practice involves a range of media and approaches including video, photography and installation. His works orchestrate a field of relations between things and people, light and space, video and time, where the encounter between audience and artwork tests the ways in which we conventionally view artworks in a gallery. Born in New Zealand in 1972, von Sturmer has been based in Melbourne as a practising artist since 1994. In 2007 he represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale, showing in the Australian Pavilion. He has exhibited at numerous public venues including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Gothenburg Museum…

Ian Potter Museum of Art to host Richard Bell’s Embassy this weekend

The Ian Potter Museum of Art is pleased to host Richard Bell’s Embassy from 28 – 30 April 2017. Website: http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/public-programs/current-events/prgm-date/2017-04-28/prgm/richard-bell-embassy Taking inspiration from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy assembled by activists on the lawn of Parliament House in Canberra in 1972, Richard Bell’s Embassy is a mobile art installation that both reflects upon a pivotal moment in the Indigenous Australian land rights movement, and reveals the extent to which the struggle for self-determination continues today, in Australia and internationally. Since its launch in 2013, Bell’s green canvas tent, with its sign declaring, “White invaders you are living on stolen land”, has been steadily touring the world – from Sydney and Brisbane to New York, Venice and Jerusalem. Bell’s Embassy provides a platform for presentations, discussions, screenings and performances which explore topics such as the high rates of suicide among Aboriginal…

Registrations close tomorrow Friday 28th for The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe Date: Thursday 4 May ‒ Saturday 6 May 2017 Venue: Thursday and Friday – The University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton Venue: Saturday – The National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Convenors: Charles Zika and Angela Hesson Contact: Julie Davies (daviesja@unimelb.edu.au) See the conference website for full information: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/the-emotions-of-love-in-the-art-of-late-medieval-and-early-modern-europe/ Registrations: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/emotionsoflove Please register by Friday 28 April. Registrations will not be available at the venue. Costs Full Reg – 3 days: Full $80, Students and unwaged $50 Daily Reg Day one: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day two: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day three (at NGV): Full $40, Students and unwaged $25 Conference Dinner Full $80, Students and unwaged $45 The Conference dinner will be held at…

Lecture | Cecilia Vicuña, About to Happen – Julia Bryan-Wilson | University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson will give a lecture on Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña. Her lecture will discuss Vicuña’s sculptural work looking closely at her textile-based work from the 1970s to think through issues of production and materiality. Drawing on her forthcoming book, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson investigates how Vicuña’s use of knotted threads and strings signified politically during the Pinochet dictatorship and in relation to Andean systems of knowledge production. She explores a range of art and performance from several decades of Vicuña’s practice to illuminate how textiles unravel preconceived ideas about handicraft, industry, and memory. Julia Bryan-Wilson’s writing has appeared in Afterall, Aperture, Artforum, Art Journal, Bookforum, October, Oxford Art Journal, and Parkett. Her work centres on feminist and queer theory, artistic labour, performance, and craft histories. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War…

News and Exhibition | Sidney Nolan’s man behind Ned Kelly mask revealed | Heide MoMA

Recent research by Paula Dredge and Kendrah Morgan with assistance from the Australian Synchrotron has revelead a face behind the mask of one of Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings. From April 22 to May 14 Heide will host a virtual reality display that will allow visitors to explore this ‘face behind the mask.’ From Heide Working in collaboration with the scientific research centre Australian Synchrotron, and utilising its state of the art technology, art conservators have imaged pigments buried underneath layers of paint to reveal a face behind the mask of Sidney Nolan’s painting Ned Kelly, “Nobody knows anything about my case but myself” 1945. When examining the painting in 2012, Paula Dredge, Paintings Conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Kendrah Morgan, Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne noticed brush strokes underneath the…

Lecture | Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons – Sjraar van Heugten | NGV International

Vincent van Gogh A wheatfield, with cypresses early September 1889 Saint-Rémy oil on canvas 72.1 x 90.9 cm F 615, JH 1755 National Gallery, London Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London Photo: The National Gallery, London

Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons Sjraar van Heugten Date: Saturday 29th April 2017, 2pm  Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV International Tickets $16 M / $20 A / $18 C (Book here http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/something-on-high/) The seasons had profound meaning for Vincent van Gogh: they represented the circle of life within nature – birth, bloom, maturity and death. For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force. Celebrate the opening weekend of Van Gogh and the Seasons as exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten explores Van Gogh’s love of nature in both his life and work and the role of the seasons in his oeuvre. Sjraar van Heugten is an independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Sjraar joined the Van Gogh Museum in…

Seminar | “In that vile place”: The Miraculous Image of Santa Maria delle Carceri at the Prison in Prato – Shannon Gilmore | University of Melbourne

An upcoming Upcoming Early Modern Circle that may be of interest. Wed 19 April at 6:15 pm in the North Theatre, Room 239 Old Arts, University of Melbourne. (Please note the altered date due to the Easter holidays) Shannon Gilmore, Ph.D Candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara (*Wednesday due to Easter Holidays) “In that vile place”: The Miraculous Image of Santa Maria delle Carceri at the Prison in Prato In the summer of 1484, a fresco of the Madonna and Child Enthroned in the Tuscan town of Prato miraculously came to life. Hoping to receive relief from their troubles, pilgrims from the surrounding countryside began gathering around the image, which was painted on an abandoned prison and located in an impoverished area of town. Despite the marginal nature of the fresco’s location, the image’s devotees insisted that the prison’s structure…

Registrations now open for Symspoium – The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!– Upcoming symposium presented by The Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria Date: Thursday 4 May – Saturday 6 May 2017 Venue: Thursday and Friday – University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton Venue: Saturday – The National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Convenors: Charles Zika and Angela Hesson Contact: Julie Davies (daviesja@unimelb.edu.au) Website: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/the-emotions-of-love-in-the-art-of-late-medieval-and-early-modern-europe// Registrations: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/emotionsoflove Costs: Full Reg 3 days: Full $80, Students and unwaged $50 Daily Registration Day one: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day two: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day three (at NGV): Full $40, Students and unwaged $25 Conference Dinner Full $80, Students and unwaged $45. The Conference dinner will be held at the Carlton Wine Room on Thursday evening. Please register by 2 May for…

Dissect Journal 3 Launch | Gertrude Contemporary

Dissect Journal 3 Launch Thursday 6 April, from 6pm Gertrude Contemporary ALL WELCOME Join us at Gertrude Contemporary to celebrate the launch of Dissect #3. Thirteen months in the making, this 300-page special issue focuses on subjectivity and the body as a site of production. In addition to the much anticipated celebration, the evening will feature performance-readings from Dissect 3 contributors, Spencer Lai, Natasha Madden and Eva Birch. Editors – Audrey Schmidt, Chloe Sugden and Zoe Theodore RSVP on Facebook Publication designed by Clare Wohlnick. Dissect 3 features work by: Philip Auslander, Dodie Bellamy, Eva Birch, Cristine Brache, Ramsay Burt, Travis Chamberlain, Amy Charlesworth, James Ferraro, Karen Finley, Andrea Fraser, Tim Gentles, Isabelle Graw, Amelia Groom, Aurelia Guo, K8 Hardy, Chris Kraus, Ruth O’Leary and Phebe Schmidt, Tanja Ostojić, Carol Que, Ander Rennick, Audrey Schmidt,  Eleanor Ivory Weber, Katie West, Amelia Winata, and Jarrod Zlatic.

Symposium | The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe | Melbourne

Save the date for the upcoming symposium presented by The Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe Date: Thursday 4 May – Saturday 6 May 2017 Venue: Thursday and Friday – University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton Venue: Saturday – The National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Convenors: Charles Zika and Angela Hesson Contact: Julie Davies (daviesja@unimelb.edu.au) Website: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/the-emotions-of-love-in-the-art-of-medieval-and-early-modern-europe/ Registrations: Opening soon! Love in Medieval and Early Modern Europe was a complex emotion, a constellation of feelings shaped and reflected by artists, writers and thinkers that sought to give expression to human experience and also provide models for individual and group behavior. Notions of love took different forms and…