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.

Miegunyah Lectures on Architecture and Cities- Professor Attilio Petruccioli and Professor Claudio D’Amato Guerrieri

Miegunyah Lectures Melbourne School of Design Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning The University of Melbourne Lecture 1 – Tuesday 17th August Professor Attilio Petruccioli (Head, Department of Civil Engineering and Architectural Science, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy) ‘The Genetics of Walls: Urban DNA and social features’ In the 1950s, Saverio Muratori created the ‘urban typology school’ to study the morphological evolution of the city of Venice through the centuries. This lecture will use the main tenets of Muratori’s theory to read the historic and contemporary fabric of Balkan, Middle Eastern and Central Asian cities. Through the analysis of their structural skeleton, light will be shed on the spatial complexity and social richness of specific urban textures, from Bosnia to Jerusalem, many of which have been scarred by recent events in world history. By reflecting on their cultural value and environmental…

NGV Lecture Isobel Crombie ‘The World Turns: Contemporary Asian Photography’

Dr Isobel Crombie Senior Curator, Photography, NGV The World Turns: Contemporary Asian Photography Thursday 19 August, 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm Presented by The Friends of the Gallery Library, National Gallery of Victoria. Mapping is an essential part of life. We create maps to help locate us geographically but we also construct them to orient us politically and even artistically. The art world has a map which, until recently, was dominated by New York, London and Paris. In recent years, however, this map has started to change: and it is clear that the art world is no longer centralised in the way that it once was. The advent of biennales in Istanbul, Shanghai, Fukuoka and Delhi are evidence that the art world is turning and the spotlight is moving to the Asia Pacific. In this lecture, I will be looking at…

Richard Woodfield Lecture – Date Change

Professor Richard Woodfield University of Glasgow Art History and the Diaspora: Ernst Gombrich and the problem of being a Viennese art historian in London The lecture is now on at 5-6:15 pm, Friday 13th August. For full details see the original post here.

Exhibition: ‘Charles Nodrum Selects’ LUMA

Charles Nodrum Selects Exhibition of works from the La Trobe University Art Collection and talk by Charles Nodrum La Trobe University Museum of Art 14 July – 29 August 2010 In a personal collection, unless you are a masochist, you are not going to hang a work on your wall that you don’t like, just because it happens to be an ‘important painting’ by an ‘important artist’ – Charles Nodrum 20 August 2010 – 11.30 am Charles Nodrum will be appearing at the La Trobe Museum of Art (Bundoora) to discuss his approach to the art of building a personal collection. This is a FREE event but please book to ensure availability of seating (see contact details below). In 1969 Charles Nodrum arrived from England and walked off the street and into a job at Joseph Brown’s prominent Melbourne art…

Reminder EVCS Seminar Monday 9th – Caitlin Breare on Borromini’s Oratory

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. Click here for the full abstract. All Welcome Date: 6:30pm,  Monday 9th August, 2010 Venue: Rm 150, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus) Drinks and Nibbles provided, gold coin donation appreciated for snacks. Wine generously donated by Eugene Barilo von Reisberg. The seminar will be followed by dinner in Lygon St. Further Enquiries: Mark Shepheard shepm@unimelb.edu.au

Preserving The Ephemeral – Street Art and Urban Space Forum and Tour

Preserving The Ephemeral Street Art and Urban Space Public Forum+Tour Sunday 22 August, 11am – 1pm Fitzroy and 3.00pm – 5.00pm at the University of Melbourne Preserving the Ephemeral – a collaborative initiative between City of Yarra and The University of Melbourne – is a public forum to discuss the relationship between street art and architecture; the regeneration of urban space; and the merits or otherwise of street art conservation. Program Guided Tour of Melbourne Street Art: Sunday August 22, 11am – 1pm, Fitzroy, $39 per person (Bookings essential contact Anthony White for more information about the bookings). Public Forum: Sunday 22 August 2010, 3.00pm – 5pm, James Hardie Theatre, Architecture Building at The University of Melbourne. Free entry The tour and forum are part of a University of Melbourne three-day conference – Interspaces: Art + Architectural Exchanges from East…

Conference ‘Interspaces: Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West’

Interspaces: Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West 20, 21 & 22 August, 2010 The University of Melbourne Interspaces: Art + Architectural Exchanges from East to West is a conference that investigates modern crossovers between art and architecture in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. It focuses upon encounters between a variety of styles, mediums, and cultures, looking at the inter-relationships between art and architecture in Australia and across the world. Using innovative approaches from a broad range of disciplines, Interspaces will stimulate multi-disciplinary exchange and re-situate non-western art and architecture within the global canon. The conference program includes a public forum on Melbourne’s vibrant street art and talks by experts on historical, cultural and practical questions of art and architecture. Keynote speaker Romy Golan, City University of New York (author of Muralnomad: The Paradox of Wall Painting, Europe…

Lecture – Jane Wernwick ‘Engineering Delight – collaborations on projects to make you smile’

Melbourne School of Design –  Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning,  The University of Melbourne Jane Wernick Jane Wernick Associates, Consulting Engineers, London Engineering Delight – collaborations on projects to make you smile Tuesday 3 August Jane Wernick, one of the masterminds behind London’s Millennium Wheel, will give an intimate and engaging insight into her extraordinary engineering projects and consultative practice. ‘The talk will describe how structural engineering solutions for our projects are developed as a result of a series of conversations between us, the client, and the other members of the design team,’ Jane says. It will focus on a number of projects which ‘bring delight’ to those who experience them, and will describe how the structural designs evolved. Jane Wernick (FREng Hon FRIBA FRSA CEng FIStructE FICE) is a structural engineer who likes to collaborate with architects and…

Lecture – Robert Storr: A Tour of Babel Exhibitions and Fairs in a Shape-Shifting Art World

Robert Storr Dean, Yale School of Art A Tour of Babel Exhibitions and Fairs in a Shape-Shifting Art World Presented by the Monash Museum of Art and the Melbourne Art Foundation. This lecture is part of the program for the Melbourne Art Fair. Where once there were only two biennials – Venice and Sao Paulo – there are now well over one hundred. Where once there were only a handful of art fairs, now there are dozens. And where once there were international styles, now there are global markets. Can sense be made of art and can ideas really be exchanged amidst this proliferation or have we entered into a period when scanning has replaced seeing, keeping track has replaced paying attention, and information has replaced meaning? – Robert Storr, 2010 Robert Storr is Dean of the Yale School of…

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…