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.

Symposium: Cities and History: new voices, new approaches

Cities & History: new voices, new approaches Friday 21 May 2010 9am to 5pm Discovery Centre, Melbourne Museum Presented by the Institute for Public History at Monash University & Museum Victoria A one-day symposium featuring emerging Melbourne-based urban historians.  With commentary by Professor Helen Meller, Nottingham University, UK and Professor Erik Olssen, Otago University, NZ. Speakers Include: · Jenny Coates, Monash University · Cameron Logan, University of Melbourne · Dan Morrow, University of Melbourne · Bernice Ngo, La Trobe University and Museum Victoria · Carla Pascoe, University of Melbourne · Adrian Regan, Monash University · Simone Sharpe, Monash University · Sarah Rood, WayBack When Consulting Historians · Frank Vitelli, University of Melbourne Cost: $10.00 (pay on day) Enquiries: Seamus O’Hanlon, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University (seamus.ohanlon@arts.monash.edu.au) RSVP: Kerrie Alexander, Institute for Public History, Monash University (Kerrie.alexander@arts.monash.edu.au)…

Forum: The Keith Haring mural – yesterday, today, tomorrow

Yarra Talking Arts Forum: The Keith Haring mural – yesterday, today, tomorrow Time: Thursday 29 April Venue: Collingwood Neighbourhood Justice Centre, 241 Wellington St Collingwood Free entry. All Welcome. In 1984 American artist Keith Haring visited Australia and painted a mural on the side of the Collingwood Technical College on Johnston Street. Since then, Haring has been internationally recognised as an artist of great significance and subsequently the Collingwood mural has been placed on the Victoria Heritage Register. A legacy of Haring’s visit to Melbourne and his life’s work, this mural has become a local icon. This forum is an opportunity to find out more about this work and discuss the mural’s history and its future. The forum will feature a special presentation of information from the Haring Foundation. CHAIR: Megan Evans PANEL: Hannah Mathews – Freelance Curator, Ted Gott…

The Joseph Burke Lecture 2010: Dr Lucy-Anne Hunt on Eastern Christian Art

The Fine Arts Network in collaboration with Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, present: The Joseph Burke Lecture 2010 Dr Lucy-Anne Hunt Professor and Head of Art, Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, England Eastern Christian Art and Culture: Convergence between Jerusalem, Greater Syria and Egypt between the 12th-14th Centuries Lucy-Anne Hunt’s interests and publications focus on cross-cultural analysis between Byzantine and Islamic, and Christian and Muslim art and culture in the Middle Ages through the study of Byzantine, Eastern Christian – especially Coptic and Syrian – as well as Crusader art. Date: Thursday 13 May 2010,  6.30pm Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre, University of Melbourne (Parkville). Free Public Lecture All Welcome.   Bookings not required Enquires: registrar@hildas.unimelb.edu.edu.au

Angela Ndalianis: Las Vegas as a Neo-Baroque City

The Friends of the Gallery Library Associate Professor Angela Ndalianis Cinema Studies Program, School of Culture & Communication The University of Melbourne ‘Las Vegas as Neo-Baroque City’ Thursday 29 April 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm Emerging in the mid twentieth century (when Disneyland opened its doors in 1955) the theme park created the ultimate trompe l’oeil effects that “collapsed the screen frame” by extending the fictional world of Disney animation into the social sphere. In researching the design of Disneyland and how its spaces would reach out to its navigators, Walt Disney learned many lessons from the urban design practices of earlier European traditions, including Le Notre’s axial designs for Louis XIV’s Versailles residence and gardens. But whereas the vast landscapes and buildings of Versailles stood as monuments to the grandeur of their aristocratic patron, King Louis XIV the Sun King,…

Terry Lane on Vanishing Sculptures: Australian Open Garden Scheme

Australia’s Open Garden Scheme Terry Lane on ‘The Vanishing Sculptures’ NGV International, Melbourne Wednesday 21 April 2010 Melbourne’s nineteenth-century fathers enriched the city’s gardens and art gallery with copies of classical and neoclassical sculptures. Just what were these statues and why were they removed from public view? Foremost authority on Australian art of the era, respected author and former senior curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, the inimitable, charming and entertaining Terence Lane will give an illustrated lecture which will reveal some at times surprising answers. Following the lecture, the Gallery’s sculpture garden is well worth a visit to view significant examples of modern public sculpture. Australia’s Open Garden Scheme is very grateful to the National Gallery of Victoria for its support of this event. Tickets $24 including morning tea. Wed 21 April 2010, 10.30am. Numbers are strictly limited…

New Perspectives on Cubism & Australian Art

New Perspectives on Cubism & Australian Art A forum, co-presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art and the University of Melbourne, to critically discuss the exhibition Cubism & Australian Art. Time: Monday 29 March 2010, 5:30pm – 8pm Cost: FREE (discounted exhibition admission available when booking) Venue: Laby Theatre, David Caro Building, University of Melbourne Bookings: 9850 1500 PDF flyer Speakers · Associate Professor Rex Butler, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland · Dr Ann Stephen, Senior Curator, University of Sydney Art Gallery and Art Collection · Dr Anthony White, Lecturer, School of Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne · Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding, Curators, Cubism & Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art Chaired by Associate Professor Alison Inglis, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding –…

Fresh Voices at the NGV – Dosso Dossi’s ‘Lucrezia Borgia’

Jenni Walker (Graduate Student in the Faculty of the VCA and Music, The University of Melbourne) will talk about issues of attribution and recent discoveries relating to Dosso Dossi’s portrait Lucrezia Borgia, Ducchess of Ferrara, c. 1518. All Welcome Cost: Free. Date: Friday 26th March, 12:30pm Venue: NGV International – meet at Information Desk, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd.

Lecture and Seminar on ‘Reversed Painting’ with Professor Richard Read

Richard Read Professor of Art History at the University of Western Australia LECTURE: Reversed Painting and the Conflict between Commercial and Academic Values in Nineteenth-Century London and Paris This lecture examines how the strange, complex pictorial motif of the reversed painting was used in paintings representing art galleries and academic juries to adjudicate the conflict between academic and commercial values at a time when newly professionalized commercial galleries sought to wrest cultural authority and financial power from academies in both London and Paris. SEMINAR: The Reversed Painting in Colonial Art The lecture is followed by a seminar in which Richard Read will lead the discussion. This will explore the use of the reflexive pictorial motif of the reversed canvas in colonial and decolonized art to register synchronic differences between cultures where the representation of skin colour, pioneer technologies, and contrasting…

Harrell Fletcher – Towards a tender society of thoughtful questions and answers

Harrell Fletcher – Towards a tender society of thoughtful questions and answers SATURDAY 20 MARCH, 12:30PM Clemenger BBDO auditorium NGV International 180 St Kilda Rd FREE Harrell Fletcher (b. 1967, lives and works in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.) creates art through collaboration and participation often with those outside the parameters of the art world. From installing a museum focusing on local peoples’ lives in a northern California shopping mall to working with an eight-year-old boy as the principle decision-maker for a work of public art created for a park in Brittany, France, Fletcher’s art is really all about you, rather than all about him. Fletcher is developing a project for the NGV that opens this September. “People often ask how I’m able to entice random strangers into working with me. The answer is that I appear to actually be interested in the…

Launch of ‘Europe and Australia’ MAJ nos. 11 and 12 edited by David R. Marshall

‘Europe and Australia’ (MAJ nos. 11 and 12) edited by David R. Marshall. This volume has a focus on ‘Europe and Australia’ and includes a diverse range of articles from both Australian and international scholars including Ruth Pullin, Caroline Jordan, Veronica Filmer, Mark Stocker, Katti Williams, David Maskill, Simon Pierse, Richard Read and Alex Baker. Time: 5:30pm for a 6pm launch, Thursday 25th March, 2010. Venue: Courtyard of the Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne (Parkville). For a contents list and a sneak peak inside please see the MAJ page on this website. The Melbourne Art Journal is published by the Fine Arts Network (please note it is now published Daytopia Press, see the MAJ page on this website.)

Expressions of interest for opportunity as emaj Sub-Editor issue 5, 2010

Applications now open www.melbourneartjournal.unimelb.edu.au/E-MAJ Masters and Art History PhD candidates are encouraged to apply Deadline: 15 April 2010 emaj (electronic Melbourne art journal) is the only online, refereed art history journal published in Australia. emaj aims to provide an international forum for the publication of original academic research in all areas and periods of art history. emaj welcomes monographic articles about specific artists or art collectives as well as thematic or theoretical analyses on aspects of art history. emaj is published annually by the Fine Arts Network and is edited by art history graduates and post-graduates from the University of Melbourne. Our aim for the position of Sub-Editor is to provide an emerging editor / art historian with the opportunity to expand their editorial skills and professional development in the production of a high quality, online, academic publication. The Sub-Editor…

Dr Michael Brand – ‘Curating for the Common Good’

Dr Michael Brand, Director J. Paul Getty Museum 2005-2010, Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Curating for the Common Good Friday 12 March, 2010, 5.30-6.45 pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Curatorship straddles the middle ground between art collections placed on display for the public good and the discipline of art history that provides most of the tools for investigating the ideas and ideals that those works of art embody. Drawing upon experience as a curator in Australia and as a museum director in the United States, this lecture will look at issues confronting the practice of curatorship on both sides of the Pacific. Dr Brand’s lecture is the keynote address for the symposium, Interrogating Art Curatorship in Australia, which is being held on 13-14 March to celebrate twenty years of teaching art curatorship at the University of Melbourne.…

Symposium – Interrogating Art Curatorship in Australia (University of Melbourne, Parkville)

An international conference to be held at the University of Melbourne on 12 (evening), 13 and 14 March 2010, interrogating the practice of art curatorship in Australia now, and in the recent past. The program is conceived in celebration of twenty years of art curatorship at the University of Melbourne. It has been organized in conjunction with the launch of the initiative to establish the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne. Keynote speaker Michael Brand, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005-2010 Miegunyah Visiting Fellow, 2010. Symposium speakers include: Anthony Bond; Joanna Bosse; Jane Clark; Alison Carroll; Rebecca Coates; Charlotte Day; Max Delany; David Elliott; Juliana Engberg; Stephen Gilchrist; Alexi Glass-Kantor; Charles Green; Alison Inglis; Jeff Kahn; Rachel Kent; Frances Lindsay; Ruth McDougall; Kyla McFarlane; Christopher Marshall; Hannah Matthews; Karen Quinlan; Patrick Pound; Jason Smith; Daniel Thomas…

‘Garters and Petticoats’: Winterhalter’s 1843 Portraits of Victoria and Albert

The Early Modern Visual Culture Seminar returns for 2010. Eugene Barilo von Reisberg ‘Garters and Petticoats’: Winterhalter’s 1843 Portraits of Victoria and Albert What does official royal iconography tell us? What messages does it communicate about the sitters – and from the sitters? This paper deconstructs two official portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) in 1843. It outlines the complex semantic layering within this pair of British royal portraits, and explores in particular the emphasis on Prince Albert’s newly-acquired ‘Englishness’ and the notion of an iconographic ‘gender reversal’ within the context of traditional marital pendants. March 8 2010 6.30pm Room 150 Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville Campus All Welcome Please RSVP Mark Shepheard (shepm@unimelb.edu.au) if you plan to join us for dinner in Lygon Street afterwards. For further details on Eugene’s research on Winterhalter please visit his website…

Anthony d’Offay talk at NGV International

Anthony d’Offay is here in Melbourne in association with the forthcoming Ron Mueck exhibition (22 January – 18 April 2010, NGV) and will present on the ARTIST ROOMS project. For more than 40 years Anthony d’Offay has been one of the world’s leading art dealers and is recognized as one of Britain’s most generous philanthropists.  He began dealing in contemporary art in the late 1960s and moved his ground breaking gallery into its Dering Street premises in 1969. ARTIST ROOMS is a new collection of international contemporary art which has been created through one of the largest and most imaginative gifts of art ever made to museums in Britain. The gift has been made by Anthony d’Offay, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), The Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. ARTIST ROOMS will be…