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.

Seminar | Beit Haim: the new permanent Holocaust Exhibition at the Sydney Jewish Museum – Dr Avril Alba | Deakin University City Campus

Deakin Cultural Heritage Asia–Pacific Network presents teh following seminar. Please join us for the last seminar of the year “Beit Haim: the new permanent Holocaust Exhibition at the Sydney Jewish Museum” organised by the Deakin Cultural Heritage Asia–Pacific Network, to mark the end of our 2016 season of seminars. Dr Avril Alba (biography below) from The University of Sydney will speak about the new permanent Holocaust Exhibition at the Sydney Jewish Museum. This special event is organised in partnership with the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne. Before the seminar, there will be drinks and nibbles to come together and celebrate another busy year. Dr Avril Alba is Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney and is also Acting Director of the University’s Masters in Museums and Heritage program. She teaches and researches in the broad…

Hybrid Worlds: When Art and Science Collide | 2016 Ursula Hoff Contemporary Lecture | RMIT

As part of the RMIT Gallery exhibition Morbid Artis: Diseases of the Arts, RMIT Gallery, the 2016 Ursula Hoff Contemporary Art Lecture four speakers will address the challenges of identity, culture and interspecies relationships in today’s ‘super connected’ global society. Date: 22nd November 5:30pm Venue: RMIT Storey Hall Lecture Theatre, Level 1, 336-348 Swanston Street Free but register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hybrid-worlds-when-art-and-science-collide-tickets-28881964734 Speakers Dr Drew Berry, biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. You might know Drew’s work fromthe music videos he’s made for Bjork. Drew’s work features in the RMIT Gallery exhibition Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts(17 November  2016 – 18 February 2017). Dr Jonathan Duckworth, Director of the Creative Interventions Art. and Rehabilitative Technology lab (CiART).  Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University and recipient of the 2016 RMIT Award for Research Impact –…

Lecture | Artist, Actress, Lover Johan Zoffany’s Portrait of Elizabeth Farren as Hermione in Shakespeare’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ (c.1780) – Vivien Gaston

Zoffany's portrait of Elizabeth Farren

Rae Alexander Lecture 2016 Zoffany’s Portrait of Elizabeth Farren as Hermione in Shakespeare’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ in the NGV depicts one of the most striking scenes in all of Shakespeare’s plays, the moment when Hermione is returned to life. Vivien Gaston’s lecture will probe the work’s context in the life of the artist, the sitter and its owner and reveal the way a portrait can shape and direct the aspirations of all three. Celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the lecture will also show the continued impact of his plays and the nature of portraits as role-playing and performance. The Rae Alexander Lecture is named in honour of the first president of the La Trobe Art History Chapter. Proceeds from ticket sales help support scholarships and prizes awarded by the chapter to La Trobe students.   Dr Vivien Gaston is an Australia…

TWO CULTURES: A forum on global cultural collaborations with art & science | University of Melbourne

Asialink Arts (AA) in partnership with The Carlton Connect Initiative (CCI) present a free one-day forum focused on sharing ideas, experiences and interrogating the role of art in science. Science and scientific ideas have long inspired art and artists. By exploring the evolving world of art, science and technology; we must ask how the contemporary artist can engage meaningfully with scientific researchers and vice versa. The forum title is drawn from the seminal and somewhat controversial C.P.Snow publication ‘The Two Cultures’ from 1959 originally presented as a Cambridge University Rede Lecture. Its thesis was that “the intellectual life of the whole of western society” was split into the titular two cultures — namely the sciences and the humanities — and that this was a major hindrance to solving the world’s problems. So what has become of this theory nearly six…

Conversation | All About Hockney with John McDonald

David Hockney English 1937– 4 blue stools 2014 photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond edition 5 of 25 170.3 x 175.9 cm (image) Collection David Hockney Foundation © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmid

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney. The exhibition (opens this Friday) features more than 700 works from the past decade of the artist’s career. Learn more about David Hockney’s life and work as renowned art critic John McDonald shares his thoughts on one of Britain’s greatest living painters before speaking in conversation with exhibition curator Simon Maidment. John McDonald is an art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald and film critic for the Australian Financial Review. He has written for many Australian and international publications, worked as an editor and publisher, lectured at colleges and galleries around the country and is former Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia. Simon Maidment is the Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the NGV. Date: Saturday 12th November, 11am-12pm Venue:…

Full Program for Art, Objects, Emotions | University of Melbourne 15-16 November

The full program (download pdf) is now available for the conference Art, Objects and Emotions, 1400-1800 at the University of Melbourne. Registrations for the conference and conference dinner are now open, please register ASAP if you plan to attend. Conference details Date: Tuesday 15 November to Wednesday 16 November 2016 Venue: Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053 Contact: Ms Julie Davies (daviesja@unimelb.edu.au), 03 8344 5981 Download event program ‘Art’ wrote Susanne Langer ‘is the objectification of feeling.’  A century earlier, Paul Cezanne had made the more extravagant claim ‘A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.’  Although the impulse to define art in such succinct and finite terms might be deemed an essentially modern one, the wider notion of the inseparability of art and emotion, and the…

Lecture | Professor Dr. Apinan Poshyananda – Thai-Tanic-Three: Contemporary Thai Art in the Age of Constraints.

Photo of Professor Apinan Poshyananda

Professor Apinan Poshyananda will deliver the Keir Foundation Lecture on the emergence of Thai contemporary art. This lecture will close the three-day Symposium Regions of the Contemporary: Transnational Art Festivals and Exhibitions in 1990s Southeast Asia, Saturday 5–Monday 7 November 2016, at the University of Melbourne. Free Public Lecture – All Welcome – Registration required as seating is limited. To register visit: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/keirfoundation Date: Monday, 7 November 2016, 3-4pm Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street, University of Melbourne Professor Dr. Apinan Poshyananda is former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Thailand. He is art historian, critic, artist and curator who has been involved in Venice Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, and Asia-Pacific Triennial. He was guest curator of Contemporary Art from Asia: Traditions/Tensions (New York, Vancouver, Perth, Taipei), Temple of the Mind…

Open Garden | Bank House Newlyn

5th and 6th November,  675 Dean Newlyn Rd Newlyn 3364 (Between Ballarat and Daylesford) At Bank House formal allees are juxtaposed with woodland glades and walks. There is a meadow garden and a lush, ornamental vegetable garden. The extensive garden combines formal structure with exuberant plantings to create a romantic garden design. As one moves up the gentle slope behind the house a secret world unfolds, in a series of surprises concealed behind hedges of hornbeam, privet and japonica. Join the Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens for a delightful day in the country. $10 entry – children free   See more here http://www.wombathill.org.au/

Writing and Concepts | Helen Grogan | RMIT Design Hub

Helen GroganPresents the lecture: “Parameter/Perimeter, Obstacle, Opening and other useful words” …as the second iteration in her 2-part discussion about the inter-related functions of words, writing and concepts within her art practice. RMIT Design Hub, L3 Lecture Theatre 6:00pm Thursday 3 November Link to Facebook event HELEN GROGAN’s practise is informed by studies in philosophy and choreography, it operates critically and dynamically with exhibition formats and institutional conditions. She uses sculptural, photographic, and choreographic means to approach spatial and temporal experience as material. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Art Gallery of New South Wales; 20th Biennale of Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria International; Gertrude Contemporary; 2nd Tbilisi Triennial; Liquid Architecture; Alaska Projects; Gertrude Glasshouse; Slopes; West Space; Rijksakademie; Stockholm Kulturhuset; Kontext Festival Berlin; VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery; C3; La Macedora, amongst…

Launch | Art + Australia relaunch by Bill Henson at ACCA

The new Art + Australia will be launched tomorrow (28th October) by Bill Henson at 5:30pm at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. From the University of Melbourne: Australia’s premier art journal Art + Australia will be launched in a new print format by celebrated Australian artist Bill Henson on 28 October. It will be the first edition under editor-in-chief and Director of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Professor Su Baker. In an extraordinary gift, Art + Australia was presented to the VCA and the University of Melbourne in December 2015 by its former editor and publisher, Eleonora Triguboff, to ensure the publication continued to inspire and educate. Professor Baker said she was delighted that Henson would be re-launching the biannual journal. “Bill Henson is one of Australia’s leading artists. He represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1995, and…

Lecture | Léuli Eshraghi – Curating Under Pressure in Settler Colonies | Black Dot Gallery

NB Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tina Baum’s lecture, ‘To Tri or Not: The Indigenous presence in “iennials,”’ has been cancelled. Léuli Eshraghi’s lecture, ‘Curating Under Pressure in Settler Colonies,’ will take place at 2:30pm at Blak Dot Gallery, Brunswick. Saturday, 29th October 2016, 2:30pmBlak Dot Gallery, Brunswick Free to attend This lecture explores the pressures and tensions for First Nations curators, artists and thinkers when presenting ceremonial-political practices in culturally unsafe, Eurocentric art museums. How do major presenting, learning and teaching programs in settler colonies address civilisational gaps in knowledges and presences of and determined by First Nations? Léuli Eshraghi is a Sāmoan and Persian artist, curator and PhD candidate at MADA – Monash Art Design & Architecture. His practice is centred on indigeneity, language, body sovereignty, and queer possibility. He has exhibited in the Moananui a Kiwa and Turtle…

MUMA Boiler Room Lecture | The Artist as Quarry, Tirdad Zolghadr | MPavilion

MUMA is pleased to host the special lecture, Artist as Quarry, by visiting international curator and writer, Tirdad Zolghadr. Artists are always falling prey to something or other. Censorship, curators, bad lighting, jet lag, bigotry, cultural prejudice, institutions in particular and The Institution At Large. Never are they complicit in any of these things. The goal of this lecture is not to trace examples of when victimization is real or imagined but to map the role and political rationale of self-marginalization within the moral economy of contemporary art. The goal of this exercise, in turn, is to speculate as to how this rationale might be translated into a more meaningful professional identity, with more tangible political traction, over time. Date: Thursday 3 November 2016, 6.00 – 7.30pm Venue: MPavilion Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne FREE /// no bookings required – website…

Symposium | Regions of the Contemporary: Transnational Art Festivals and Exhibitions in 1990s Southeast Asia

A three-day symposium to reflect on critical events for transnational contemporary art across Southeast Asia in the 1990s. Informed by recent archival research undertaken into Chiang Mai Social Installation (CMSI), an artist-initiated festival held in northern Thailand (see Simon Soon’s essay in the upcoming issue of Afterall), we propose three key questions for discussion: How did CMSI, and gatherings like it, inform and displace the more deliberate, institutional pictures of a region propagated elsewhere, for example by large triennials in Brisbane and Fukuoka? If Southeast Asia was still peripheral to the art world’s centres in the 1990s, its artists decisively joined that world during that decade, experimenting with art forms — performance, site-specific installation, participatory and so-called relational practices — that had special currency in the burgeoning global art circuit. But what was their currency within the region itself? Enquiries framed…

Collaboratory | Art, Objects and Emotions | University of Melbourne

Conveners: Charles Zika and Angela Hesson ‘Art’ wrote Susanne Langer ‘is the objectification of feeling.’  A century earlier, Paul Cezanne had made the more extravagant claim ‘A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.’  Although the impulse to define art in such succinct and finite terms might be deemed an essentially modern one, the wider notion of the inseparability of art and emotion, and the power of art to evoke strong feelings in viewers has a long history. In more recent times scholars have also begun to explore the role of material objects in human relationships through their power to evoke strong emotions. Artistic and non-artistic objects can generate desire and also violence, pride, belonging, devotion and disgust. This collaboratory will consider the manifold ways in which art and objects depict, reflect, symbolise, communicate and…

Talk | Adam Bushby – Creating a collection: portrait painting and the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery

This talk will introduce the portrait paintings of the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery at the Victorian Bar.  While this collection of past and present barristers is important to Victorian legal history, it is also a demonstration of movements in Australian art history.  It will be shown how this small but important collection displays interesting examples of the traditional and conservative, as well as the modern and contemporary. Adam Bushby is a lawyer and art history graduate.  He holds bachelor’s degrees in commerce, law and art history from the University of Melbourne, and a master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art.  Adam is currently a Senior Parliamentary Counsel for the Victorian Government, and the Curator of the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery at the Victorian Bar. Tuesday 8 November 2016 at 5.30 pm in the Gallery at Owen Dixon…