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.

Lecture: Bill Henson ‘The Light and the Dark and the Shades of Grey’

The Melbourne Art Foundation 2010 Lecture Bill Henson ‘The Light and the Dark and the Shades of Grey’ BMW Edge, Federation Square Monday 2 August, 6.00pm – 7.30pm Update: If you missed the lecture you can download an abridged version of the talk from Radio National’s Artworks website here – http://www.abc.net.au/rn/artworks/stories/2010/2981304.htm Or you can watch it at The Monthly website here – http://www.themonthly.com.au/bill-henson-light-and-dark-and-shades-grey-2659 Presented by Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne Art Foundation and the City of Melbourne’s Melbourne Conversations Program. This lecture is part of the program for the Melbourne Art Fair. We should be wary of governments and interest groups who try to impose restrictions on the free exercise of the artistic imagination. Our zeal to protect innocence should not come at the cost of violating artistic experience. If we believe that art is a high form of…

Lecture – ‘Art History and the Diaspora: Ernst Gombrich and the problem of being a Viennese art historian in London’

Professor Richard Woodfield University of Glasgow Art History and the Diaspora: Ernst Gombrich and the problem of being a Viennese art historian in London 5-6:15 pm Friday 13th August Although Ernst Gombrich attained great eminence through his publications The Story of Art (1950) and Art and Illusion (1960), the precise nature of his work as a commentator on the academic practice of art history never really found a home in British art history. Unlike Erwin Panofsky, who adjusted to the American scene by dropping his commitment to abstract theory, Gombrich’s theoretical commitments were always at the front of his mind. Two of the great English art historians, Lord Clark and Francis Haskell, admitted that they never properly understood him. Norman Bryson, Gombrich’s arch-critic, failed even to recognise his involvement with semiotics decades before it became fashionable. Gombrich’s approach to art…

Exhibition – ‘Backstage with the Ballet Russes by Daryl Lindsay’

The new gallery at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in Tasma Terrace, East Melbourne will open this Saturday, 24th July with the exhibition Backstage with the Ballet Russes (1936-40). The exhibition will show thirty rare and never been seen before sketches of the Ballets Russes from Sir Daryl Lindsay, former Director of the National Gallery of Victoria. Sir Daryl Lindsay joined a list of many notable Australian artists who found inspiration in the tours of the Ballets Russes. These thirty sketches from Lindsay include costumes from the Australian Ballet. The launch of BackStage with the Ballets Russes by Daryl Lindsay (1936-1940) coincides with the opening up of the Trust’s headquarters – Tasma Terrace – to the public during the weekend of 24 & 25 July as part of Melbourne Open House. Tasma Terrace will be open 10am – 4pm…

Free Public Lecture: Lorraine Connelly-Northey

Lorraine Connelly-Northey Free Public Lecture at Holmesglen Thursday 5th August, 2010 For all enquiries and bookings (essential) please call Holmesglen: 03 9209  5605 Lorraine Connelly-Northey reinterprets traditional Aboriginal implements and clothing using found materials included discarded fencing wire, rusted tin and weathered iron. The artist’s practice is ecologically sound and references the traditional grass and sedge weaving techniques indigenous to the women of the Mallee and the Riverina. Lorraine will be speaking at Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus. Refreshments will follow the lecture. Flier as pdf Lorraine Connelly-Northey Lecture pdf Venue: C1.2.02, Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, 488 Batesford Road, Chadstone 3148, Melway ref: 69 E1. Time: 6pm, Tursday 5th August, 2010.

State of Design festival: Art related events

The State of Design festival begins tomorrow and runs till the 25th of July. Below are a few of the more art-related events. For a full program and further details about the below events see the website – http://www.stateofdesign.com.au/ Some events may attract an entry fee. 175 Years of Design – http://www.stateofdesign.com.au/Public-Events/All-Events/175-years-design Part exhibition, part open forum. The 30-metre long installation reflects on Victoria’s design history and encourages visitors to share their stories. The exhibition draws on photographs, archival materials, graphics and sketches to retell tales of design in our daily life from 1835 to present day. 17-18 July, 10am-5pm ($10 entry fee for public). Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson St, Carlton. 3D Stencil Project – http://www.stateofdesign.com.au/Public-Events/All-Events/3D-stencil-project Your average two-dimensional stencil artist goes out on the street with a cardboard stencil and a can of spray paint. With the 3D Stencil,…

Lecture: Dr Meredith Fletcher – ‘Jean Galbraith Writing for Gardeners’

Dr Meredith Fletcher ‘Jean Galbraith: Writing for Gardeners’ Thursday July 15 (6 for 6.30 pm) Venue: Mueller Hall, The Herbarium, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra Cost per lecture: $15 members AGHS, $20 Non-members, $5 Students-with student card. All Enquiries to Kathy Wright: 9596 2041 kwright1@bigpond.com. As a botanist, gardener and conservationist, Jean Galbraith spent a lifetime writing about plants in the bush and the garden. Her first gardening article was published in 1926, when she was nineteen, and she was still writing for gardeners in the 1990s. This talk explores Jean Galbraith’s contribution to Australian garden writing, including her passionate promotion of growing native plants, her autobiographical style and her celebration of beauty in even-day life. It considers the source of her inspiration and her ability to evoke a flower, a colour or a scent that delighted and informed readers for…

FINAL PROGRAM – Australian Art Industry Networks: Artists, Agents, Markets and Museums

Australian Art Industry Networks: Artists, Agents, Markets and Museums Thursday 15th – Friday 16th July 2010, The University of Melbourne See below for sessions or download the entire timetable with all speakers, abstracts and bios as a pdf AIAH final program Please direct any enquiries to Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios mewi@unimelb.edu.au Day 1: Thursday 15 July Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre Session One (9.15 am-12.30 pm) The Aboriginal Art Industry: Challenges and Opportunities Now and Into the Future Keynote Address (10.00-11.00 am): Peter Garrett, AM, MP, (Labor Member for Kingsford Smith, Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts ): The Aboriginal Visual Arts Industry and the Implementation of the Resale Royalty Legislation Session One (cont) (11.30-11.50 am): The Aboriginal Art Industry: Challenges and Opportunities Now and Into the Future Session Two (1.30-3.30 pm): Selling and Reselling Art: Auction Houses, Dealers…

Saints and Singers: The crisis of Oratorian style during their patronage of Borromini

The European Visual Culture Seminar presents: Caitlin Breare Saints and Singers: The crisis of Oratorian style during their patronage of Borromini Despite now being renowned as a Baroque genius, architect Francesco Borromini suffered an exasperating and tumultuous career involving numerous personal conflicts and the subsequent loss of several commissions. One of these losses also happened to be his longest project as architect of the Oratory of the Filippini, an appointment that ended after some 15 years of partnership. Founded in 1575, the Congregation of the Oratory was one of several religious groups that emerged in sixteenth-century Italy. Characterised by their eccentric yet charismatic founder, Filippo Neri, and novel in many ways, their values initially seemed well suited to the idiosyncratic architect. This paper attempts to unravel the complex mechanisms of patronage at work, focusing on the problematic development of the…

Contemporaneity and Art

CONTEMPORANEITY AND ART Two days of public lectures, panel discussions and seminars for the initiative to establish the Australian Institute of Art History and the VCAM, University of Melbourne. Free admission. Thursday 22 July, 2010 HISTORIES OF CONTEMPORARY ART Keynote lecture: “Histories of contemporary art: paradoxes, antinomies, contingencies” –  Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh. Time: 6pm Venue: Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne Parkville.

Melbourne Open House – Speaker Series

Speaker Series – No 1 Design City! Built Melbourne Melbourne Open House presents two free speakers series in an expanded programme for 2010. Date: Tuesday 6 July 2010 Topic: Design City! Built Melbourne Time: Doors open at 6.00pm and close at 9.00pm Presentations start at 6.30pm sharp Event Location: Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston, St Melbourne 3000 Presented By: Melbourne Open House (MOH) + The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) Further details: See the MOH website http://moh.org.au/cms-speaker-series/speaker-series-no-1-design-city-built-melbourne.phps This is a unique opportunity for the people of Melbourne to listen to some of our great architects and designers discuss the ideas behind their built works in a relaxed and friendly forum. Each evening eight key speakers will have just 10 minutes to present their work and capture your imagination – come and be inspired Our first speaker series of the season…

NGV Talk this Thursday: The Long Portrait Gallery with Curator Laurie Benson

The NGV has recently re-hung a portion of their extensive portrait collection to create ‘The Long Portrait Gallery: Renaissance and Barqoue Faces’. The new space includes works by Bernini, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, EL Greco, Titian, Tintoretto and Rubens. Join curator Laurie Benson at this talk and gain a greater insight into the artist’s practices and colourful stories of their sitters featured in this newly presented space. Speaker: Laurie Benson, Curator of International Art, NGV. Cost: Free Time: Thursday 1st July, 12:30pm Venue: Exhibition Space, Level 1, NGV International

Australian Art Industry Networks: Artists, Agents, Markets and Museums

Australian Art Industry Networks: Artists, Agents, Markets and Museums Keynote Speakers: The Hon Peter Garrett, AM, MP, Minister for the Arts and Sam Leach, 2010 Archibald and Wynne Prize winner Thursday 15 – Friday 16 July, 2010, University of Melbourne Australian Art Industry Networks brings together a broad range of specialist speakers from all corners of the art world to discuss and debate a host of current issues affecting the industry today. It will investigate the inter-connections between various elements of the Australian art world – from artists and collectors, to commercial galleries and the auction houses, through to critics, government agencies and museums. Topics to be considered include the implications of the recently introduced resale royalty scheme, the current state of the Australian Aboriginal art industry, the potential impact of the Cooper Review recommendations, and the recent legal rulings…

Talk: David Hansen – ‘Seeing Truganini’

ABR Calbre Prize: Seeing Truganini The Wheeler Centre Auditorium Thursday 24th June The Australian Book Review’s Calibre Prize is an annual celebration of an outstanding essay. Dr David Hansen, discusses his winning essay ‘Seeing Truganini’ and the stigmas surrounding indigenous art with curators Brenda L Croft and Tony Brown. Further details are on the Wheeler Centre website. Chaired by Peter Mares. David Hansen Over the course of his career Dr David Hansen has curated or managed more than 80 exhibitions, including landmark projects such as John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque (2003), The Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial (1993) and The Face of Australia (1988). Venue: The Wheeler Centre Auditorium, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Time: 6:15pm -7:15pm, Thursday 24th June. Cost: Free but bookings are recommended, see the website for details http://wheelercentre.com/calendar/event/abr-calibre-prize-seeing-truganini

Duldig Sculpture Lecture now Saturday 19th, 3pm

Please note the Duldig Sculpture lecture by Dr Felix Krämer, Head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century and Modern Painting and Sculpture, is now on Saturday 19th June at 3pm. For full details of the lecture see the previous post here.

UPDATED DATE CHANGE: The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture

Please Note the lecture is now on Saturday 19th at 3pm, after the Städel Symposium. Felix Krämer Head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century, Modern Painting and Sculpture The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture The annual lecture of Sculpture is presented jointly by the Duldig Studio and the National Gallery of Victoria. This lecture will be presented by Felix Kramer head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century, Modern Painting and Sculpture. He will focus upon sculptures from within the collection of the Städel Museum collection by eminent European artists including Rodin, Renoir, Degas and Beckmann. Time: Saturday 19th June, 3pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV Internation (St Kilda Rd, enter North entrance via the Arts Centre forecourt). Cost: Free (complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival). Enquiries and Bookings: 03 8662 1555, 10am –…