Category: Events

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

Panel Discussion: Critical Failure – Visual Arts Criticism

The Wheeler Centre Panel Discussion Critical Failure – Visual Arts Critcism Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but criticism lies in the pens and hard drives of our finest minds. This panel discussion draws on some of our leading arts writers as they ask what’s wrong with visual arts reviewing? 6:15PM – 7:30PM, Thursday 09 September 2010 The Panel members will be: John McDonald – For over twenty years he has been one of Australia’s best-known art critics, writing a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald, and contributing to local and international publications. Patrick McCaughey – Patrick McCaughey is best known in Australia as the highly visible and dynamic former Director of the National Gallery of Victoria. He now lives and works in the US. Naomi Cass – Naomi Cass is the director of the Centre…

EVCS Special Seminar: Professor Richard Woodfield – ‘Why study art historiography?’

Professor Richard Woodfield – Why study art historiography? Richard Woodfield, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Art History at the University of Glasgow, will lead a seminar discussion on the subject of art historiography, particularly within the context of the Vienna School of Art History. Please download the dossier of material (link below) relating to Ernst Gombrich, one of the most well known of art historians to have emerged from the Vienna School.  The dossier will provide the stimulus for further discussion on the role of historiography within the discipline of Art History today. Dossier – WoodfieldSources (word doc) You may also wish to have a look at the Gombrich Archive. Date: Monday 30 August 2010 6:30 pm Venue: Room 150 Elisabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville All Welcome Drinks and nibbles provided (gold coin donation appreciated for snacks: wine…

Lecture – ‘The Garden of Ideas’ Richard Aitken

Richard Aitken The Garden of Ideas: Collecting the Australian garden From the passions of colonial and immigrant gardenmakers to the concerns of 21st-century gardeners, the story of Australian garden style not only reflects our social and cultural history but also the extremes of our wide continent. In this lecture, garden historian Richard Aitken will share an engaging history of Australian garden design. Richard Aitken is an architect, historian and curator. He has prepared conservation plans for many of Australia’s most significant historic gardens, including the botanic gardens of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. His books include The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (2002), Gardenesque (2004), Botanical Riches (2006), and The Garden of Ideas: Four Centuries of Australian Style (to be published in October 2010). This lecture honours the life and work of Suzanne Hunt (1946–2008). She was a founding member of…

Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand

Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand Saturday 28th August and Sunday 29th August Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch lecture theatre, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville. This is a free public event, and registration for attendance is not required. Enquires: Professor Jaynie Anderson, t: (+61 3) 8344 5514 and Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios mewi@unimelb.edu.au Program (download full program with abstracts as pdf – AHH_Program). Day 1: Saturday 28 August 9:45 – 10:00 – Introduction and Welcome SESSION ONE (10:00 am-12:30 pm) Chaired by Professor Richard Woodfield 10:00-10:30 Dr Susan Lowish (University of Melbourne) – ‘Setting the scene: early writing on Australian Aboriginal art’ 10:30-11.00 Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (Head of School, Elam School of Fine Arts) – ‘Art’s histories in Aotearoa New Zealand’ Tea Break: 11:00 – 11:30 11:30-12:00 Dr Ben Thomas (Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellow, State Library…

Nicholas Building Open Days

Visit the studios in the Nicholas Building Dates: Thursday 19th & Friday 20th August 2010,4pm – 9pm (both nights) Address: 37 Swanston St,Melbourne 3000. Corner of Flinders Lane & Swanston St. Lift access via Cathedral Arcade. For more detail click on the program below.

Symposium: ‘A Beautiful Line: Italian Prints from Mantegna to Piranesi’ Art Gallery of South Australia

A Beautiful Line: Italian Prints from Mantegna to Piranesi Date: Saturday 21 August, 1-4pm Venue: Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide The Art Gallery of South Australia’s European print collection was founded more than 120 years ago and its large holdings feature works by leading masters of the European printmaking tradition. Join us for an afternoon of fine scholarship on a range of stimulating topics, view the exhibition and enjoy a glass of wine to cap off a perfectly agreeable day. 1pm Welcome 1.10pm Dr Lisa Mansfield, University of Adelaide – After Michelangelo: The Reproduction and Reception of the Sistine Ceiling and Last Judgment 1.50pm Dr Justin Clements, University of Melbourne – Print Apocalypse: image and text as agents of Reformation 2.30pm Maria Zagala, Art Gallery of South Australia – ‘Disegni stampati’: Prints as drawings and…

Event – Harrell Fletcher ‘The sound we make together (Melbourne)’

This September, the National Gallery of Victoria will be presenting the latest project of US based contemporary artist Harrell Fletcher, The sound we make together (Melbourne). Harrell Fletcher is best known through his work with people outside the art world, where he has created art through collaboration and participation. Harrell Fletcher’s first Australian project will be a collaboration with seven Melbourne based community groups including Arts Project Australia, CERES, Crooked Rib Art, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Grainger Museum, Hell Gallery, RISE, and two individuals, Herb Patten and Jeff Sparrow. The participants will each reveal an aspect of contemporary and historical Melbourne, whether it is immigration, art and community, identity, urban agriculture and sustainability, urban history and politics, and even music. In addition to reflecting Melbourne’s past and present through an assortment of organisations and individuals, the project is ultimately situated…

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…