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.

Talk: Hugh Hudson ‘”The Del Beccuto of Florence: More on the Maternal Family of the Renaissance Artist Paolo Uccello”

The next meeting of the Early Modern Circle for 2010 will take place this Monday 21 June at 6.15pm in the Tutorial room, ground floor, Baillieu Library, the University of Melbourne. Dr Hugh Hudson “The Del Beccuto of Florence: More on the Maternal Family of the Renaissance Artist Paolo Uccello” The Del Beccuto family ancestry can be traced to twelfth-century Florence. Although they made significant contributions to the city’s government during the Middle Ages, it was in the early Renaissance that they produced their most singular contribution to its culture and international renown, through the figure of one of their sons, the artist Paolo Uccello. This paper presents a wide-ranging discussion of the family, its social and political affiliations, its patronage and benefaction, and the influence it had on Uccello’s career, art, and identity. Please come along for a drink…

NGV Talk: Mark Shepheard – ‘Jacopo Amigoni and his portrait of Farinelli and Friends’ (June 25th 12:30pm)

Mark Shepheard will give a floor talk on Jacopo Amigoni’s Portrait group: The singer Farinelli and friends, c. 1750-52. He will discuss the many faces of Farinelli, and the place of the this painting within the singer’s extensive portrait collection. Speaker: Mark Shepheard, The University of Melbourne Cost: Free Meet: Information Desk, Ground level, NGV International (St Kilda Rd). Date: Friday 25th June, 12:30pm.

Symposium: Alternative Practices in Design: The Collective – Past, Present & Future

Alternative Practices in Design: The Collective – Past, Present & Future 9-10 July 2010 RMIT University, Melbourne The rise of social networking and peer-2-peer technology development, the return of community focused activities (eg. gardens, knitting groups, food cooperatives) and creative collectives across the fields of the visual and performing arts has reawakened the discourse around human capital, flat structures and collectives. In response to this an international Symposium on the theme of the design collective is being convened at RMIT University in July 2010 with participants from Europe, the UK, and Australasia. The Collective offers a powerful model to conceptualise and experience the practice of design. Recent, high-quality research will be presented which uncovers historical and contemporary examples: real, virtual or theoretical; cultural and organisational theories; and, associated collective modes of practice and their ramifications for gender and political activism.…

Symposium – European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th – 20th Century

Symposium European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th Century Saturday 19th June – NGV International European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th–20th Century comes to the NGV as part of the highly successful Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. The exhibition brings together a remarkable collection from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, one of the finest art collections in Europe. Alongside the great German masters Friedrich, Stuck, Corinth, Heckel and Beckmann, European Masters includes beautiful Impressionist works by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne, as well as important paintings by Klinger, Munch and Bonnard. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see a spectacular array of the finest European art spanning the dynamic and transformative years of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Join us for the rare and exciting opportunity to hear about this spectacular exhibition from the Director and Curator of the Städel Museum and others. Program…

Architecture and Philosophy: Professor Jane Rendell ‘May Mo(u)rn’

ARCHITECTURE + PHILOSOPHY May Mo(u)rn: A Site-Writing Professor Jane Rendell Time: 6.30pm, Thursday June 10th Venue:  RMIT 8.11.68 (Building 8, 360 Swanston St. Level 11, lecture theatre 68, to the right of the lifts) May Mo(u)rn is a site-writing which takes a collection of abandoned black and white photographs of modernist architectural icons found in a derelict arts and crafts house called ‘May Morn’ as a starting point for a discussion of the modernist project and its socialist ideals. Morn and mourn are homonyms, one suggests a beginning, the other an ending. Morning begins the day, while mourning – in grieving the loss of something or someone – marks an ending. Due to their deteriorating material states, the May Morn house and the paper of the photographs point towards their own disintegration – or endings, yet the buildings contained within…

The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture

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: Monday 21st June, 6pm for a 6:30pm start. 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 – 5pm.

Call for Papers: Italian Studies – New Directions

Italian Studies – New Directions The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) Sixth Biennial Conference The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, 13 – 16 July 2011. The 2011 ACIS conference explores the most recent directions taken by the multifarious and interdisciplinary research areas within ‘Italian Studies’ (including Italian literature, history, art history, linguistics, translation studies, migration and border studies, cinema studies, anthropology, sociology). Confirmed speakers include: Prof Margherita Ganeri (Università della Calabria) Prof David Moss (Università degli Studi di Milano) Prof Nerida Newbigin (Sydney University) Prof Gary Radke (Syracuse University) Prof Sharon Wood (University of Leicester) The committee of the 2011 ACIS Conference invites submissions of session proposals for the 2011 Conference. The sessions may be on any of the following areas: Italian language teaching, Linguistics, Migration and border studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Literature, Business, Cinema studies, Cultural studies, Translation…

Lecture: Sophie Matthieson ‘Drawing a Long Bow? Boccherini and the Madrid Visit’

The Friends of the Gallery Library ‘Drawing a Long Bow? Boccherini and the Madrid Visit’ Sophie Matthiesson Curator, International Art, National Gallery of Victoria Thursday 27 May, 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm This lecture follows the young virtuoso composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini to the Spanish court, where he arrived in 1768, aged twenty-four. The glittering cultural scene of Madrid and its surrounding royal palaces boasted some of Europe’s finest artists and attracted a stream of noble and diplomatic visitors and many key figures of the Enlightenment. In such a cosmopolitan milieu numerous opportunities existed for a portrait of this musical celebrity to be painted. The origins of the National Gallery of Victoria portrait of Luigi Boccherini continue to elude scholars and curators. This discussion opens up a new and unexplored avenue of inquiry, by proposing a Spanish context for its…

Architecture and Philosophy: Lauren Brown ‘Listening and Silence in the built environment’

ARCHITECTURE+PHILOSOPHY Listening and silence in the built environment Lauren Brown Time: 6:30pm Thursday, 27 May 2010 in Venue: RMIT 8.11.68 (Building 8, 360 Swanston St. Level 11, lecture theatre 68, to the right of the lifts). Following her Masters research into sound in the public realm, Lauren will be discussing the act of listening, the changing spaces for quiet and the unchanging need for contemplation in the built environment. Looking at natural, urban and technospaces like the grotto, the cloister, the autobahn and the set of headphones, Lauren will unpack the nature of sound in the public realm and how we listen in contemporary cities. Lauren’s project-based work is influenced by conceptual and installation art practice. Based in Melbourne and (soon to be) Berlin, she is a recent Masters graduate from the RMIT Art in Public Space program. Lauren has…

Lecture: Restoring our Icons – The Royal Exhibition Buildings

Restoring our Icons National Archaeology Week 2010 Lecture Series Tuesday 18 May 2010, 6-7pm Peter Lovell and Fraser Brown talk about work on Australia’s first built World Heritage Listed site. Major conservation and restoration work has been undertaken on the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens over the past four decades. Architecture and heritage consultants Peter Lovell and Fraser Brown from Lovell Chen have actively contributed to the renaissance of the complex that culminated in its 2004 inscription on the World Heritage List. Projects undertaken at various times included the removal of massive additions, external and internal fabric conservation, and subtle adaptive reuse works. They were responsible for reroofing works, including the stabilisation and re-slating of the dome, and extensive render repair and reconstruction – the north façade has largely been rebuilt. Inside, the 1901 decorative treatment was investigated and…

CFP – Art History's History in Australia and New Zealand

Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand A joint symposium organised by the University of Melbourne and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Art Historians (AAANZ) The symposium is conceived in conjunction with the residency of Professor Richard Woodfield (University of Glasgow) who will be a visiting international fellow in the Faculty of Arts University of Melbourne from August until October 2010. Richard Woodfield is the editor of a new e-journal on art historiography and a new series of monographs in art historiography. Visit the journal here The mission statement for this journal states that the editorial board will ignore the disciplinary boundaries imposed by the Anglophone expression ‘art history’ and allow and encourage the full range of enquiry that encompassed the visual arts in its broadest sense as well as topics now falling within archaeology, anthropology,…

NGV Talk: Nineteenth Century Furniture – Bugatti, Adnet and Koppel

Genevieve Tyack (Australian Academy of Design) will give a floor talk in the Decorative Arts galleries, which addresses how beauty dominates over function in the nineteenth-century furniture designs of Bugatti, Adnet & Koppel. All Welcome Date: Friday 21st May, 12:30pm Venue: NGV International – meet at Information Desk, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd.

Reminder: Dr Lucy-Anne Hunt Lecture Thursday 13 May

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:

Seminar: Vincent Alessi on Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Alessi Postgraduate candidate at La Trobe University ‘It’s a Kind of Bible: A Thematic and Stylistic Analysis of Vincent Van Gogh’s Collection of English Black-and-White illustrations’ La Trobe University, School of Historical Studies Research Seminars Date: Thursday 13 May, 12:05 to 1:45 pm Venue: History Meeting Room, David Myers Building East 125, Bundoora Campus, La Trobe University. (Car Park 3) Enquiries: Dr Robert Kenny, History Research Seminar Co-ordinator,