Category: Events

Conferences, symposia, talks, walks and other art events in Melbourne and further afield.

Writing & Concepts at Bus Projects – talk by Daniel von Sturmer

Daniel von Sturmer presents the talk: “Electric Light (facts/figures)” (2017). at Bus Projects 25-31 Rokeby Street, Collingwood 4 May at 18:00–19:30 link to facebook event DANIEL VON STURMER’S practice involves a range of media and approaches including video, photography and installation. His works orchestrate a field of relations between things and people, light and space, video and time, where the encounter between audience and artwork tests the ways in which we conventionally view artworks in a gallery. Born in New Zealand in 1972, von Sturmer has been based in Melbourne as a practising artist since 1994. In 2007 he represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale, showing in the Australian Pavilion. He has exhibited at numerous public venues including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Gothenburg Museum…

Talk | Eastern & Western Art | La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre

Thomas Sheard Great Britain 1866-1921 The Arab Blacksmith c.1900 oil on canvas 115.0 x 163.0 cm Purchased 1903 1903.1

Venue: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre Date: 6 May Saturday, 12.30pm – 1.30pm Adam Bushby, lawyer and art history graduate, will speak about the theme of Orientalism in painting, starting with the Gallery collection and then tracing the long history of representing Islamic and other Eastern people and culture in Western painting. Free. Bookings essential. 03 5434 6088 | bendigoartgallery@bendigo.vic.gov.au La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo Bookings: 03 5434 6088 | bendigoartgallery@bendigo.vic.gov.au

Ian Potter Museum of Art to host Richard Bell’s Embassy this weekend

The Ian Potter Museum of Art is pleased to host Richard Bell’s Embassy from 28 – 30 April 2017. Website: http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/public-programs/current-events/prgm-date/2017-04-28/prgm/richard-bell-embassy Taking inspiration from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy assembled by activists on the lawn of Parliament House in Canberra in 1972, Richard Bell’s Embassy is a mobile art installation that both reflects upon a pivotal moment in the Indigenous Australian land rights movement, and reveals the extent to which the struggle for self-determination continues today, in Australia and internationally. Since its launch in 2013, Bell’s green canvas tent, with its sign declaring, “White invaders you are living on stolen land”, has been steadily touring the world – from Sydney and Brisbane to New York, Venice and Jerusalem. Bell’s Embassy provides a platform for presentations, discussions, screenings and performances which explore topics such as the high rates of suicide among Aboriginal…

Registrations close tomorrow Friday 28th for The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe Date: Thursday 4 May ‒ Saturday 6 May 2017 Venue: Thursday and Friday – The University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton Venue: Saturday – The National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Convenors: Charles Zika and Angela Hesson Contact: Julie Davies (daviesja@unimelb.edu.au) See the conference website for full information: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/the-emotions-of-love-in-the-art-of-late-medieval-and-early-modern-europe/ Registrations: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/emotionsoflove Please register by Friday 28 April. Registrations will not be available at the venue. Costs Full Reg – 3 days: Full $80, Students and unwaged $50 Daily Reg Day one: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day two: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day three (at NGV): Full $40, Students and unwaged $25 Conference Dinner Full $80, Students and unwaged $45 The Conference dinner will be held at…

Lecture | Cecilia Vicuña, About to Happen – Julia Bryan-Wilson | University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson will give a lecture on Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña. Her lecture will discuss Vicuña’s sculptural work looking closely at her textile-based work from the 1970s to think through issues of production and materiality. Drawing on her forthcoming book, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson investigates how Vicuña’s use of knotted threads and strings signified politically during the Pinochet dictatorship and in relation to Andean systems of knowledge production. She explores a range of art and performance from several decades of Vicuña’s practice to illuminate how textiles unravel preconceived ideas about handicraft, industry, and memory. Julia Bryan-Wilson’s writing has appeared in Afterall, Aperture, Artforum, Art Journal, Bookforum, October, Oxford Art Journal, and Parkett. Her work centres on feminist and queer theory, artistic labour, performance, and craft histories. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War…

News and Exhibition | Sidney Nolan’s man behind Ned Kelly mask revealed | Heide MoMA

Recent research by Paula Dredge and Kendrah Morgan with assistance from the Australian Synchrotron has revelead a face behind the mask of one of Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings. From April 22 to May 14 Heide will host a virtual reality display that will allow visitors to explore this ‘face behind the mask.’ From Heide Working in collaboration with the scientific research centre Australian Synchrotron, and utilising its state of the art technology, art conservators have imaged pigments buried underneath layers of paint to reveal a face behind the mask of Sidney Nolan’s painting Ned Kelly, “Nobody knows anything about my case but myself” 1945. When examining the painting in 2012, Paula Dredge, Paintings Conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Kendrah Morgan, Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne noticed brush strokes underneath the…

Lecture | Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons – Sjraar van Heugten | NGV International

Vincent van Gogh A wheatfield, with cypresses early September 1889 Saint-Rémy oil on canvas 72.1 x 90.9 cm F 615, JH 1755 National Gallery, London Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London Photo: The National Gallery, London

Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons Sjraar van Heugten Date: Saturday 29th April 2017, 2pm  Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV International Tickets $16 M / $20 A / $18 C (Book here http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/something-on-high/) The seasons had profound meaning for Vincent van Gogh: they represented the circle of life within nature – birth, bloom, maturity and death. For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force. Celebrate the opening weekend of Van Gogh and the Seasons as exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten explores Van Gogh’s love of nature in both his life and work and the role of the seasons in his oeuvre. Sjraar van Heugten is an independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Sjraar joined the Van Gogh Museum in…

Seminar | “In that vile place”: The Miraculous Image of Santa Maria delle Carceri at the Prison in Prato – Shannon Gilmore | University of Melbourne

An upcoming Upcoming Early Modern Circle that may be of interest. Wed 19 April at 6:15 pm in the North Theatre, Room 239 Old Arts, University of Melbourne. (Please note the altered date due to the Easter holidays) Shannon Gilmore, Ph.D Candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara (*Wednesday due to Easter Holidays) “In that vile place”: The Miraculous Image of Santa Maria delle Carceri at the Prison in Prato In the summer of 1484, a fresco of the Madonna and Child Enthroned in the Tuscan town of Prato miraculously came to life. Hoping to receive relief from their troubles, pilgrims from the surrounding countryside began gathering around the image, which was painted on an abandoned prison and located in an impoverished area of town. Despite the marginal nature of the fresco’s location, the image’s devotees insisted that the prison’s structure…

Registrations now open for Symspoium – The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!– Upcoming symposium presented by The Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria Date: Thursday 4 May – Saturday 6 May 2017 Venue: Thursday and Friday – University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton Venue: Saturday – The National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Convenors: Charles Zika and Angela Hesson Contact: Julie Davies (daviesja@unimelb.edu.au) Website: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/the-emotions-of-love-in-the-art-of-late-medieval-and-early-modern-europe// Registrations: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/emotionsoflove Costs: Full Reg 3 days: Full $80, Students and unwaged $50 Daily Registration Day one: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day two: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day three (at NGV): Full $40, Students and unwaged $25 Conference Dinner Full $80, Students and unwaged $45. The Conference dinner will be held at the Carlton Wine Room on Thursday evening. Please register by 2 May for…

Call for Sessions | Art and Its Directions | AAANZ, Perth, December 2017

The AAANZ Conference Committee would like to invite proposals for panel sessions for the AAANZ 2017 Conference in Perth. The deadline for session proposals is COB Monday 22 May 2017 Please see the submission instructions below. All enquiries to conf@aaanz.info. CONFERENCE THEME | ART AND ITS DIRECTIONS This year’s conference theme Art and its Directions is broadly conceived against the backdrop of debates relating to national sovereignty and globalisation. Rather than purely a focus on politically based art in this context, we turn to the question of directions in art, where directions refer both to geography and chronology. The aim is to investigate artistic production and exchange in relation to the geographical, conceptual and imaginative relationships between north, south, east and west, so as to encompass discussion of transnational and global art histories; and the binaries of centre and periphery, modern and traditional. The theme…

Dissect Journal 3 Launch | Gertrude Contemporary

Dissect Journal 3 Launch Thursday 6 April, from 6pm Gertrude Contemporary ALL WELCOME Join us at Gertrude Contemporary to celebrate the launch of Dissect #3. Thirteen months in the making, this 300-page special issue focuses on subjectivity and the body as a site of production. In addition to the much anticipated celebration, the evening will feature performance-readings from Dissect 3 contributors, Spencer Lai, Natasha Madden and Eva Birch. Editors – Audrey Schmidt, Chloe Sugden and Zoe Theodore RSVP on Facebook Publication designed by Clare Wohlnick. Dissect 3 features work by: Philip Auslander, Dodie Bellamy, Eva Birch, Cristine Brache, Ramsay Burt, Travis Chamberlain, Amy Charlesworth, James Ferraro, Karen Finley, Andrea Fraser, Tim Gentles, Isabelle Graw, Amelia Groom, Aurelia Guo, K8 Hardy, Chris Kraus, Ruth O’Leary and Phebe Schmidt, Tanja Ostojić, Carol Que, Ander Rennick, Audrey Schmidt,  Eleanor Ivory Weber, Katie West, Amelia Winata, and Jarrod Zlatic.

Symposium | The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe | Melbourne

Save the date for the upcoming symposium presented by The Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe Date: Thursday 4 May – Saturday 6 May 2017 Venue: Thursday and Friday – University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton Venue: Saturday – The National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Convenors: Charles Zika and Angela Hesson Contact: Julie Davies (daviesja@unimelb.edu.au) Website: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/the-emotions-of-love-in-the-art-of-medieval-and-early-modern-europe/ Registrations: Opening soon! Love in Medieval and Early Modern Europe was a complex emotion, a constellation of feelings shaped and reflected by artists, writers and thinkers that sought to give expression to human experience and also provide models for individual and group behavior. Notions of love took different forms and…

Melbourne Masterclass: Van Gogh’s Four Seasons

Monday, 1 & 8 May and Wednesday, 17 & 24 May 2017, 6.00pm–8.30pm In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece exhibition Van Gogh and the Seasons, the Faculty of Arts is pleased to present a masterclass exploring the life and art of one of the most recognisable artists of the 20th century, Vincent van Gogh. The four seasons run like a thread throughout Van Gogh’s art work and for the artist represented the circle of life in all its beauty and majesty. By focussing on a different season each week this four-part masterclass, Van Gogh’s Four Seasons, will explore the artist’s work and the varied shades of his personality and life experiences. Each session includes evening lectures and talks by some of the University of Melbourne’s finest scholars and NGV’s Senior Curators, light refreshments and the privilege…

Baroque and golden age prints with Dr Miya Tokumitsu | University of Melbourne

This informal object-based learning seminar examines works of art from the Baillieu Library Print Collection first hand. European prints by artists such as Goltzius, Rembrandt and Rubens are spotlighted. The discussion will enhance our understanding of the technical and stylistic achievements of these major practitioners of the Baroque and Dutch golden age periods. Dr Tokumitsu is Lecturer Art History (Renaissance & Early Modern) and coordinator of the subject The Age of Golden Ages: Art in Europe. Please note that food, drink, bags and biros are not permitted near the works of art. Date: Thu. 6 April 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AEST Add to Calendar Venue: Leigh Scott Room, Level 1, Baillieu Library, Parkville Campus, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, Free event, but registration required here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/baroque-and-golden-age-prints-with-dr-miya-tokumitsu-tickets-32877269799

Lecture | Contemporary Art and the Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai and its Biennale – John Clark | University of Sydney

Image of Mu Boyan, Fatty Series, shown at the Eighth Shanghai Biennale in 2010

Modern and contemporary art is founded on a pre-history of art types and concepts of the modern which in the case of Shanghai go back to the 1850s. The Shanghai Biennale emerges in 2005 from this historical dynamic which is marked in the 2000s by several stages of building new, large art museums of contemporary art. The way the state, large collectors and corporations provided these museums and the extent to which their exhibitions were influenced by the Shanghai Biennale, by international art works and notions of curatorial practice, form the principal, intertwined subjects of this paper. The role of spectacular spaces in requiring spectacular art works, and the subsequent ‘Biennalization’ of private museum art practices is also examined, together with some suggestions made about the way Biennales might develop in future. Emeritus Professor John Clark John Clark, is Professor…