Category: Events

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

Cultural Treasures Day at the University of Melbourne

Cultural Treasures Day 2010 The University of Melbourne There are many exciting museums and collections at the University of Melbourne. Join us in this very special event where you will discover exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, displays, tours, and a musical performance. A whole day of entertainment, fascination and fun for grown-ups and families, all for free and just minutes from the city centre. Sunday 14 November 2010, 10am–4pm Email bookings: treasures-days@unimelb.edu.au Tel (03) 8344 3964 Collections Open (all open 10am – 4pm unless otherwise stated) Classics and Archaeology Gallery: Ancient coins: heads and tales of antique lands Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston St, open until 5pm East Asian Collection: Rare and historical materials 3rd flr, Baillieu Library, Professors’ Walk Ernst Matthaei Memorial Collection of Early Glass University House, Professors’ Walk Grainger Museum Royal Parade Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy…

Symposium: The Lighter Side of the Middle Ages (ANU)

The Lighter Side of the Middle Ages Symposium, Australian National University, Canberra An interdisciplinary symposium to celebrate the launch of Chaucer’s Landscapes, a collection of essays by renowned medievalist Professor Ralph W.V. Elliot. It was not all plague and penury in the Middle Ages Some of them were having a very good time. The full program is below or can be viewed with full abstracts here (pdf) There is no registration fee for the symposium, but for catering purposes please send an email by Wednesday 24th November to confirm that you are attending this event. The launch of Professor Elliott’s book will be held at 6:00pm in the Common Room, University House, ANU on Thursday 25th November, followed by a symposium dinner in the Fellows’ Bar and Cafe. Please email attendances for the launch and dinner. Email and enquiries Dr…

Monash University Museum of Art Reopens

Monash University Museum of Art Reopens with Launch Exhibition ‘Change’ The Monash Museum of Art has unveiled their new home with an exhibition entitled Change (27 October – 18 December). The new site is at Monash University’s Caulfield campus and includes a range of gallery spaces, a sculpture court, a public sculpture by Callum Morton, and a series of  ‘distinctive threshold spaces’ including the camopy, spine and light-well. The museum was designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects. The new design provides increased gallery space and will allow the museum to present an expanded program of exhibitions, special projects, education and public programs, as well as displaying works from the Monash University collection, which includes over 1800 works. The launch exhibition showcases this collection with works from the 1960s to the present day. Artist’s represented include John Brack, Charles Blackman, John Perceval,…

Forum: Hotspots – Culture, Climate and Architecture in Berlin and Melbourne

Hotspots: Culture, Climate and Architecture in Berlin and Melbourne RMIT Gallery in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut Australien and ABC Radio National, warmly invite you to a public forum with leading local and German architects. Peter Mares, presenter of The National Interest, will host this forum examining why Berlin and Melbourne are regarded as the cultural capitals of their countries. What is the urban grounding for such cultural variety? Do  Berlin and Melbourne follow similar urban strategies? What roles do architecture, climate, infrastructure and finance play? Is there a direct relationship between architecture and cultural development? And can architecture be considered as a base as well as a source of inspiration? With Jürgen Mayer H., Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, and Director of Jürgen Mayer H., Berlin; Claudia Perren, Architect, Curator, and Lecturer for Design, Architectural Theory and History,…

Lecture: Dr Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye on ‘France 1500: Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’

Dr Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye Director of the Cluny Museum, Paris ‘France 1500: Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’ Dr Taburet-Delahaye, visiting Hancock Fellow at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, is the principal curator of the exhibition France 1500 which opened at the Grand Palais in  Paris on 6 October 2010. This exhibition explores a time of unprecedented artistic contact and creative effervescence in France, and takes a close look at various aspects of the art of the time. The exhibition encompasses painting, sculpture, stained glass, tapestry, gold work and the art of the book. It will travel to the Art Institute of Chicago in February 2011. This lecture is the second of a three-part series to be presented in Melbourne by Dr Taburet-Delahaye, sponsored by the Australian Tapestry Workshop, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Academic Centre.  Please see each…

Lecture: Alison Inglis ‘The history of the Pre-Raphaelite collection in the NGV’

Alison Inglis Associate Professor in Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne An important example of the Brotherhood – The history of the Pre-Raphaelite collection in the National Gallery of Victoria The Ursula Hoff Annual Lecture 2010 This lecture will provide an historical overview of the internationally significant collection of Pre-Raphaelite works in the National Gallery of Victoria International.  It will consider the historical context that produced the major works as well as the motivations that prompted their purchase. Date: 8th November, 6:00pm for 6:30pm. Venue: National Gallery of Victoria International (NGV International), Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, St Kilda Road, Melbourne (via the north entrance via Arts Centre Forecourt). Champagne will be served on arrival. Bookings essential – contact NGV Bookings 8662 1555   Event code M1070 The Ursula Hoff Annual Lecture 2010 is presented by The National…

Reopening: Grainger Museum at Melbourne University

Grainger Museum Re-opens Sunday 17 October The long-anticipated reopening of the Grainger Museum to the public will take place on Sunday 17 October at 1:00. Visitors can once again tour the rich and extensive collection that documents the life and times and interests of the remarkable Percy Grainger. The museum’s curators have put together a compelling new suite of exhibits that promise to fascinate and intrigue. The Grainger Museum reopens following a period of major works to preserve the historic building and upgrade its facilities for visitors, staff and the collection. Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) was an internationally renowned Australian-American composer and pianist. His extraordinarily full life also included pioneering work as a folk music collector and arranger, educator, social and musical commentator, clothing designer, painter and Free Music inventor. He was a skilled linguist and became known, in addition…

Talk and Launch: ‘The Three Ages of Terence’

The Three Ages of Terence Andrew Turner and Bernard Muir are launching the new Terence Digital Facsimile Edition (link below), called ‘The 3 Ages of Terence’. The talk will focus on the transformations of Terence’s plays from the Late Antique period through the Middle Ages and into the early stages of the print tradition. The features of the new DVD will also be demonstrated. This is the third lecture in an ongoing series focusing on the workings of the monastic scriptorium in the Middle Ages. Date: Monday 22 November at 6 pm Venue: University House, The University of Melbourne (Parkville) There will be drinks and snacks from 5.30 (free to members; $10 for other guests) and the talk will be followed by an optional dinner at the House. Please confirm your interest in attending by calling the House on 8344…

Launch: Australian Book Review ‘Art Issue’

Unveiling ABR’s Art issue Australian Book Review invites you to the launch of the Art Issue  by Brian Johns AO (Board Member and former Chair, Copyright Agency Limited, former Publishing Director at Penguin Books and Managing Director of the ABC.) Special Feature: Celebrated artist Bill Henson writes for the Art issue. ABR will publish an edited version of his 2010 Melbourne Art Foundation lecture. One of his photographs also appears on the cover. Christopher Menz, a former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia is co-editor of the Art issue. This special issue of ABR features a range of articles, reviews and commentaries on Australian and International art. Contributors include: Helen Ennis, Carol Cains, Justin Clemens, Daniel Thomas, Patrick McCaughey, Angus Trumble, Jane Clark, Brenda L. Croft, and Vivien Gaston. Date: Thursday 4th November, 6:00pm Venue: Readings Hawthorn (701…

Lecture: Jon Cattapan ‘Night Visions’

Holmesglen TAFE Art Talks Free Public Lecture Night Visions Jon Cattapan Jon Cattapan is one of Australia’s foremost artists. He is well known for his rich, luminous cityscapes that explore the interrelationship and intersection of human activity and the increasingly pervasive networks of digital exchange. In  2008, the  artist was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to complete a body of work based on his experiences as a guest of the Australian peace keeping forces in Timor Leste. Cattapan will be speaking about his most recent exhibition – inspired significantly by his time with the forces – and his life as a practising artist. Refreshments will follow the lecture. Date: 6.30pm, Thursday 28 October 2010 Venue: Latitude Theatre, Hemisphere Conference Centre and Hotel, Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road, Moorabbin 3189 – Melway Ref: 77 G5 Bookings are essential T:…

Talk: Wayne Qulliam ‘Indigenous Artists in the Art World’

Wayne Qulliam Former Indigenous Artist of the Year and Walkely Award Winner Indigenous Artists in the Art World To be held in conjunction with the closure of the Utopia Art Exhibition, a collaboration between the University, Desert Knowledge And Mbantua Fine Art Gallery and Cultural Museum. Date: Thursday 21 October 2010m 5.30-7.30pm Venue: University Library, La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus (Bundoora) RSVP: Mick Coombes, La Trobe University, ph. 03 0479 6678 or email m.coombes@latrobe.edu.au Enquires: Mick Coombes, La Trobe University ph. 03 0479 6678 OR Miranda Daniels, Mbantua Foundation ph. 0437 729 601

Lecture: Ann Galbally ‘Shackled and Set Free: Art, Music and Theatre in Melbourne in the 1890s’

Ann Galbally Shackled and Set Free: Art, Music and Theatre in Melbourne in the 1890s A free public lecture in conjunction with a symposium  on G. W. L. Marshall-Hall. Composer, conductor, critic and littérateur, Marshall-Hall was Melbourne’s leading musician for more than twenty years until his death in 1915. His bohemian lifestyle and outspoken views sparked intense and sometimes vitriolic public debate, and his career was marred by misfortune and errors of judgement. Dr Ann Galbally, Professorial Fellow in Art History at the University of Melbourne and author of Charles Conder: The Last Bohemian (2002) as well as books on Arthur Streeton, John Peter Russell and Frederick McCubbin, will speak about art and bohemianism in turn-of-the-century Melbourne. Date: 7.30 pm, Thursday 11 November 2010 Venue: Buzzard Theatre, Trinity College, University of Melbourne Enquiries: marshall-hall@unimelb.edu.au OR www.vcam.unimelb.edu.au/marshallhall Download the pdf for…

Lecture: Doug Hall ‘Contemporary Asian Art and Australia: 25 years to now’

Doug Hall Contemporary Asian Art and Australia: 25 years to now Australia’s engagement with contemporary Asian art has exploded over the past 25 years. Queensland Art Gallery’s Asia Pacific Triennal has been fundamental to this engagement and positioned Australia as a leading exhibiting platform for cutting edge contemporary Asian art.  Doug Hall will discuss Australia’s engagement with contemporary Asian art and the road taken to get to where we are now. Doug Hall is Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, 2011; he was director of the Queensland Art Gallery (1987-2007) and was the initiator of the Asia Pacific Triennials which began in 1993; he conceived the idea and oversaw the development and opening of the Gallery of Modern Art; he now lives in Melbourne. Date: Wednesday 17 November, 6pm Venue: MiFA, Level 1, 278 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000. Free but…

EVCS: Ryan Johnston ‘ Pop Art and Surrealism: Eduardo Paolozzi in the 1950s’

Ryan Johnston Pop Art and Surrealism: Eduardo Paolozzi in the 1950s In 1966 the critic David Irwin published an article in Studio International titled “Pop Art and Surrealism” in which he raised the broad question of how the two movements might be related.  However in the forty five years since the publication of Irwin’s article it is instead the relationship between pop art and dada that has attracted the majority of art historical attention, and the precise legacy of surrealism in this respect remains relatively unclear and ill-attended.  With this paper I seek to begin addressing this lacuna by focusing on one of the artists Irwin identified as manifesting both surrealist and pop tendencies: Eduardo Paolozzi. Paolozzi has been widely considered a ‘father of pop’ ever since Mario Amaya began his highly influential 1965 book Pop Art… And After with…

Lecture: John Paoletti ‘Clothing Michelangelo’s David: History, Iconography, Context’

John Paoletti Macgeorge Fellow at The University of Melbourne Clothing Michelangelo’s David: History, Iconography, Context The Margaret Manion Lecture 2010, November 17th 6:30 Michelangelo’s David has become so much an image of Renaissance genius in art and civic awareness, so much a cultural icon, and so frequently tied to modern sexual politics that it has become impossible to see clearly. Can we figuratively clothe the statue with new meanings if we look not only at the history of art or the politics of the time, but also the lived activities of ordinary contemporary Florentines, those people who have no history, but to whom the statue was addressed? John Paoletti is a  Macgeorge Fellow at The University of Melbourne,  Australian Institute of Art History. He is the Kenan Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus and Professor of Art History, Emeritus at Wesleyan…