Category: Melbourne Events

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EVCS: Ryan Johnston ‘ Pop Art and Surrealism: Eduardo Paolozzi in the 1950s’

Ryan Johnston Pop Art and Surrealism: Eduardo Paolozzi in the 1950s In 1966 the critic David Irwin published an article in Studio International titled “Pop Art and Surrealism” in which he raised the broad question of how the two movements might be related.  However in the forty five years since the publication of Irwin’s article it is instead the relationship between pop art and dada that has attracted the majority of art historical attention, and the precise legacy of surrealism in this respect remains relatively unclear and ill-attended.  With this paper I seek to begin addressing this lacuna by focusing on one of the artists Irwin identified as manifesting both surrealist and pop tendencies: Eduardo Paolozzi. Paolozzi has been widely considered a ‘father of pop’ ever since Mario Amaya began his highly influential 1965 book Pop Art… And After with…

Lecture: John Paoletti ‘Clothing Michelangelo’s David: History, Iconography, Context’

John Paoletti Macgeorge Fellow at The University of Melbourne Clothing Michelangelo’s David: History, Iconography, Context The Margaret Manion Lecture 2010, November 17th 6:30 Michelangelo’s David has become so much an image of Renaissance genius in art and civic awareness, so much a cultural icon, and so frequently tied to modern sexual politics that it has become impossible to see clearly. Can we figuratively clothe the statue with new meanings if we look not only at the history of art or the politics of the time, but also the lived activities of ordinary contemporary Florentines, those people who have no history, but to whom the statue was addressed? John Paoletti is a  Macgeorge Fellow at The University of Melbourne,  Australian Institute of Art History. He is the Kenan Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus and Professor of Art History, Emeritus at Wesleyan…

Talk: Susan Scollay ‘Roses in Paradise: Gardens and Garden Culture in the Islamic World’

Roses in Paradise: Gardens and Garden Culture in the Islamic World Susan Scollay Susan Scollay will outline the historical role of the large and elaborate gardens that have been an intrinsic part of the royal palaces of the Near and Middle East for millennia. Garden themes also dominated literary culture and the design repertoire of all the arts and crafts Susan Scollay is an independent art historian and curator specialising in Islamic art and culture. She is a contributing editor of HALI, the London-based journal of carpet, textile and Islamic art, and is currently completing a Ph.D. at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Date: Thursday 28 October at 10 for 10.30 am Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium Cost: Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens $15 Non members $25 Morning tea will be served before the talk. Bookings/enquiries: Booking form (PDF –…

Lecture – Chris McAuliffe ‘On fibbing considered as one of the fine arts’

UPDATE: RSVP extended to October 14th. The La Trobe University Alumni Art History Chapter presents, with the National Gallery of Victoria, the thirteenth annual Rae Alexander Lecture Dr Chris McAuliffe Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art (University of Melbourne) On fibbing considered as one of the fine arts Art, according to Picasso, is ‘the lie that tells the truth’. Artists demonstrate their talent for elegant fibbing both in their art and the comments they make upon it. Why are we so willing to accept without question the ‘beautiful lies’ that artists produce? And how does art history navigate truth and untruth in art? Dr Chris McAuliffe is Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne. Prior to that he was for ten years a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at The University of…

Talk – Eugene Von Guerard’s Landscape paintings and the science of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the European context (Ruth Pullin)

Dr Ruth Pullin Curator of forthcoming Von Guerard exhibiton at the National Gallery of Victoria Eugene Von Guerard’s Landscape paintings and the science of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the European context Time: Thursday 23 September, 12:05 to 1:45 pm Venue: History Meeting Room, David Myers Building East E125, La Trobe University, Bundoora Seminars are open to anyone who wishes to attend For more information – Please contact Dr Robert Kenny r.kenny@latrobe.edu.au or history@latrobe.edu.au

Photography Symposium: Stormy Weather – NGV

NGV Public Programs presents Photography Symposium: Stormy Weather Sat 25 Sep, 10am-1.30pm The NGV is holding a a stimulating and informative symposium to mark the opening of the new photography exhibition Stormy Weather. Several of the artists included in the exhibition will present talks in which they discuss their working methods and how the Australian environment has influenced  their practice. Introduction: Dr Isobel Crombie, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV Speakers: Anne Ferran, Jill Orr, Harry Nankin, Sir Hayes, exhibiting artists Cost: $42 Adult/ $40 NGV Member / $39 Concession and Students (Includes morning tea. Bookings essential Venue: Theatre, NGV Australia (Federation Square) For Bookings phone 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily (Event Code P10113). Exhibition Description – Open 24 September to 20 March 2011. Stormy Weather: Contemporary Landscape Photography Stormy Weather charts some contemporary approaches to the landscape through the work of eleven…

Talk TONIGHT – ‘Disasters in Print in Early Modern Europe’ Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika

Early Modern Circle Paper “Disasters in print in early modern Europe” A meeting of the Early Modern Circle for 2010 will take place TONIGHT Monday 20 September at 6.15pm in the Tutorial room, ground floor, Baillieu Library, the University of Melbourne. We will hear short papers by Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika on the topic of their work related to their ARC Discovery project “Reading the signs: disaster, apocalypse and demonology in European print culture, 1450-1700” (also held with Prof Sue Broomhall). See the ARC website here – http://earlymoderndisaster.wordpress.com/ Please come along for a drink and a stimulating discussion of early modern research. We welcome a gold coin donation towards drinks on the night. A group may go to dinner in Lygon Street afterwards. All Welcome For details of upcoming papers please see the Early Modern Circle website: http://www.amems.unimelb.edu.au/seminars/earlymoderncircle.html

Museums Australia National Conference ‘Interesting Times: New roles for collections’

Museums Australia National Conference ‘Interesting Times: New roles for collections’ Dates: 28th September – 2nd October. Venue: The Conference will be hosted by the University of Melbourne on its Parkville campus. Conference Website: http://www.ma2010.com.au/ The Conference Program, is based on the theme Interesting times: New roles for collections, and the sub-themes below. Conference themes Collections for communities: Using collections to tell the stories of all our communities. Includes use of collections to strengthen indigenous communities Collections for cultural diplomacy: The role of collections in international and local diplomacy (including touring exhibitions, repatriation and restitution issues) Collections and commerce: Leveraging collections to create revenue streams and support (e.g. sponsorship, friends groups, retail, catering, commercial marketing, intellectual property) Collections in peril: War, terrorism, financial crisis, natural disasters Interpreting and showcasing collections (through exhibition design, building architecture, new technologies) Communicating collections: Understanding, researching…

Lecture – Patrick McCaughey ‘In the end there is no such thing as art, only artists’

Public Lecture at The University of Melbourne Professor Patrick McCaughey ‘In the end there is no such thing as art, only artists’ In his lecture, Professor Patrick McCaughey will expatiate on the nature and significance of Art History – taking as his starting point the famous opening sentence from E. H. Gombrich’s The Story of Art (1950), ‘In the end there is no such thing as art only artists.’ Patrick McCaughey studied Fine Arts and English at the University of Melbourne and became art critic of The Age in 1966. After a period in New York on a Harkness Fellowship, he was appointed Professor of Visual Arts at Monash University in 1972 and went on to become Director of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1981. He left Australia in 1988 and was successively director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in…

Lecture – Catherine Mosbach (Landscape Architect) ‘Kinetic Bonds’

Dean’s Lecture Series 2010 Melbourne School of Design – Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, The University of Melbourne Catherine Mosbach Landscape Architect, Paris kinetic bonds Date: Tuesday 5 October 2010 @ 7pm Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre (Basement – Sidney Myer Asia Centre), The University of Melbourne. “The image, capable of producing the effect of strangeness, thus enacts a kind of experiment, by showing us that things are perhaps not what they seem, that it is up to us to see them otherwise and, through this openness, to transform them through imagination, then to make them truly different.” – Maurice Blanchot, L’effet d’étrangeté (1957-1960), L’Entretien infini, 1969. ‘Viewing projects as a juxtaposition of documents and realities, for us they form an iconographic montage of ‘kinetic bonds’. The image that we are proposing here is more of the nature of image…

Centre for Contemporary Photography Free Lectures

Penny Edmonds & Jane Lydon Date: Wednesday 15 September 6.15pm Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy, Australia Further information: email: info@ccp.org.au Tel. 61 3 9417 1549 In their papers Penny Edmonds and Jane Lydon will address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and rights through colonial photography and performances. Chaired by Kate Darian-Smith. Penny Edmonds – ‘The Waitangi Treaty Photographic Tableau and the Idea of the ‘Maori Magna Carta” In 1923 a set of photographic tableaux illustrating key historical moments between settlers and Maori peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand was produced. Penny explores this series, in particular Signing the Waitangi Treaty. In this tableau vivant we see how the Treaty was performed as the ‘Maori Magna Carta’, portraying the apparent transference of English liberties and rights to Maori peoples. Dr Penny Edmonds is a historian at The University of Melbourne,…

Lecture – ‘Mughal Painting at its Zenith’ Oliver Everett

Mr Oliver Everett – Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle The Life and Times of the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan Mr Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, United Kingdom, will be presenting the images as part of an international public lecture based on the Islamic manuscript, the Padshahnama (chronicle of the King of the World) which is the unique official history of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, who ruled India from 1628 to 1658. He is best remembered for the building of the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Padshahnama is illustrated with 44 of the finest Mughal paintings in the world.  They vividly depict the very dramatic events in the Emperor’s reign and the years before it. Most of the important individuals in Shah Jahan’s court can…

Exhibition – The Cipher’s Interval (La Trobe University Museum of Art)

The Cipher’s Interval Lyn Plummer’s installations engage sound and digital imagery and wall and floor forms in a wide range of materials. She investigates the diverse ways that significant meanings can be attached to space, forms, marks, images, sounds and silences, and how connotations of these symbols shift with each exhibition space, the variations of the elements and of the nature of the intervals between them. Lyn Plummer 8 September – 31 October LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/luma/ To be opened by Dr Dan Wollmering, Senior Lecturer Department of Fine Arts, faculty of Art and Design, Monash University. Date: Tuesday 14th September 6-8pm (RSVP Friday 10th September). Public Programs Lyn Plummer in Conversation Date: Friday 24 September, 11am-12pm Venue: La Trobe University Museum of Art LUMA director Vincent Alessi talks to Lyn Plummer abot the…

EVCS – Vincent Alessi on Van Gogh’s collection of illustrations

Vincent Alessi ‘It’s a kind of Bible’: A thematic and stylistic analysis of van Gogh’s collection of English black-and-white illustrations During his life Vincent van Gogh assembled a number of important collections, including approximately 2,000 black-and-white popular illustrations. Cut from illustrated newspapers, the majority of the works in this collection were from two pioneering English publications, the Illustrated London News and The Graphic. To date, these illustrations has been widely neglected; scholars have acknowledged the influence of English illustration on Van Gogh’s work, but little has been done in analysing the actual print collection. Why did van Gogh build the collection? Why did he choose certain illustrations over others? What was its thematic and stylistic structure? This paper aims to reveal the complex thematic and stylistic structure which underpins van Gogh’s extensive collection, revealing the influence it had on the…

Artists’ Talks – Basil Sellers Art Prize

Artists’ Talks – Basil Sellers Art Prize 2010 Take part in a conversation between The Ian Potter Museum of Art Curator Bala Starr and finalists of the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2010. Finalists Glenn Morgan & David Ray respond to their works and their experience of the prize. Gain personal insights into the artists’ thought processes and what inspires them. Free Admission. Time: Saturday 11 September, 2.00pm Glenn Morgan is known for his witty dioramas of concerts and sporting events. Works on display include a bus full of Geelong Cats premiership players, the euphoric scene at Sydney Swans 2005 premiership game and Steve Waugh’s final test cricket match in 2004. Morgan’s work celebrates the spirit and energy of Australian sport. David Ray is a ceramicist whose hand-crafted vessels incorporate an abundance of colours, textures and decals. Ray has created trophies…