Category: Sydney Events

Sydney Asian Art Series Talks | Marketing Pleasure for Profit – Julie Nelson Davis

9 March, 6.00pm –Sydney Asian Art Series Marketing Pleasure for Profit: The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared – Julie Nelson Davis The University of Sydney China Studies Centre, The Power Institute and VisAsia is proud to present the first of our Sydney Asian Art Series talks, with a lecture by Professor Julie Nelson Davis. In Marketing Pleasure for Profit, Professor Davis will explore the production of the now famous eighteenth-century Japanese book of ‘performing beauties’ prints, The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared. LECTURE ABSTRACT Today, The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared is regarded as one of most remarkable printed books of…

Three lectures at the Power Institute | Frédéric Ogée, Tamar Garb and Sheridan Palmer

Three lectures at the Power Institute in Sydney over the next three weeks by interstate and international guest speakers.  Frédéric Ogée Hogarth’s Bodies Thursday 20 October, 6.00pm In his choice of subjects and in his painting technique, William Hogarth’s rendering of ‘life’ is remarkable for its tangible physicality. In this lecture, Professor Ogée argues that Hogarthian beauty and grace, far from being abstract concepts or resulting from the formal application of a set of rules, emerge as transient, ‘living’, physical phenomena, apprehended by the beholder through visual representations of the bodies’ natural and ‘peculiar’ movements. Frédéric Ogée is Professor of British Literature and Art History…

Lecture | Shoreline Landscapes and the Edges of Empire – Rachel DeLue | Power Institute Sydney

The Power Institute with Sydney Ideas is pleased to present a lecture by American art specialist Rachael DeLue, that considers the significance of the shoreline in the work of prominent nineteenth century Australian and American artists.  Defined as the line where a body of water meets the land, a shoreline is a space of contact, marking the point of convergence between different terrains, peoples, and ecosystems.  Shorelines also engender diverse forms of knowledge, including the outer limits of nation states, the geologic history of the earth, or the effect of climate change on global sea levels.  Depending on one’s point…

Public Program | barrangal gyara (skin and bones) | Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Kaldor Public Art Projects has announced an expansive public program of free talks and events as part of the 32nd project barrangal dyara (skin and bones) created by Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones. The program is an integral part of the overall project that includes a vast sculptural installation of thousands of white shields presented over 20,000 square-metres of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney from 17 September until 3 October 2016. The dynamic on-site public program – presented entirely free of charge to the public over 17 days – is designed to foster critical dialogues with a range of leading Indigenous…

Lectures | David Solkin and Mark Hallett on British Eighteenth-Century Art | University of Sydney

The Power Institute is pleased to present two lectures on British art of the eighteenth century, by Professors David Solkin and Mark Hallett. David Solkin – English or European? Portraiture and the Politics of National Identity in Early Georgian Britain Professor Solkin’s lecture examines a fundamental shift in British portraiture during the reign of George II, which saw painters and patrons turn away from the established native heritage of Van Dyck, Lely, and Sir Godfrey Kneller, in favour of embracing the latest trends in Continental art practice. Spearheading this development were several immigrant European portraitists, led by Jean-Baptiste Van Loo, who…

Lecture | Claude Perrault’s Royal Observatory and the Intractable Challenge of Comets by Claire Goldstein | University of Sydney

The Power Institute is pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Claire Goldstein, Associate Professor in the Department of French & Italian at the University of California, Davis. Louis XIV is one of the most iconic figures in European history. Styled the Sun King, he is remembered for his extravagant building projects, particularly those centred on the Chateau of Versailles, a site which came to function as a symbol of his long reign. At Versailles, Louis XIV shone most brilliantly, and prominent thinkers have long taken a critical interest in the ways the early years of his rule…

Let’s Talk Contemporary Art Organisations | NAVA Event at The Gunnery

Poster for lets talk contemporary art organisations event

This is your chance to join the Directors of Contemporary Art Organisations (CAO) from across Australia in a conversation that is focused on how we should value the small to medium sector. This sector makes a significant contribution to expanding artists careers, engaging audiences and developing new works. This is something that should not be overlooked. Let’s Talk will be facilitated by Blair French, Director, Curatorial & Digital, MCA Australia | Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace and Chair, CAO | Dr. Lizzie Muller, Director, UNSWAD Art & Design Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership Program | Brianna Munting, Deputy Director, NAVA…

Conference | The Forever Now – Collections in the 21st Century | Museum of Contemporary Art

How has increased focus upon and work with collections led developments in contemporary curatorial methodology and practice? How are collections of contemporary art being developed in the present? How does the development of collections impact upon the work and careers of artists? Earlybird Registration includes 12 months MCA membership –  closes 7th August 2016. This conference is presented as part of the opening celebrations of the MCA’s newly transformed collection galleries, first launched in an expanded form in 2012. Bringing together artists, curators, academics and commentators from Australia and abroad, The Forever Now will examine how contemporary art collections shape…

Lecture | A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? – Eugene Y. Wang | University of Sydney

A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? Professor Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University This lecture is also being presented in Melbourne, see this post for further information. This lecture, by renowned scholar of Asian Art, Eugene Wang, will consider the coming together of Western artistic traditions and traditional Chinese culture and legend. As Professor Wang explains in the introduction to his presentation: The daughter of a prehistorical sage-king, so an ancient Chinese tale goes, is accidentally drowned in the Eastern Sea. Her afterlife spirit turns…

Symposium | Photography.Ontology.Symposium | University of Sydney, June 2016

Based at the University of Sydney the Photographic Cultures Research Group partners with the Art and the Document Research Cluster at Sydney College of the Arts to profile research into the photographic. The Photography.Ontology.Symposium takes place on 2 and 3 June 2016 at the University of Sydney. Photography.Ontology.Symposium. engages in critical debate with international scholars and specialists on the photographic medium. It will explore the relationship between photography’s ontology, the camera as a human perceptual apparatus and the unconscious through themes of evidence, the archive, photographic practice and theory. Dates: 2-3 June 2016 Venue: University of Sydney Keynotes: Shawn Michelle Smith…

Sydney Art History Lecture and Seminar | Alexander Nagel

Professor Alexander Nagel from New York University is giving a lecture and a special research workshop in Sydney next week. Lecture | The Renaissance Elsewhere 10 March, 2016, 6-7.30pm Co-presented by the Power Institute and Sydney Ideas Italian art in the period between ca. 1300 and ca. 1500 – what is called the Renaissance – is characterized by its extraordinary openness to the world. The Renaissance represented items and ideas not only in direct proximity to artists of the time, but also distant peoples and places known to artists only through textual accounts, oral reports, drawings, imported objects and other…

Lecture | Patricia Simons at the University of Sydney

Image: Tintoretto, Susanna and the Elders. Circa 1555. Vienna, Kunsthistorsiches Museum.

Professor Patricia Simons will also be presenting her lecture on Susannah and the Elders at the University of Sydney. See the information for her Melbourne lecture here. 21 March, 2016, 6-7.30pm Jacopo Tintoretto’s ‘Susanna and the Elders’ is commonly read as a case of male voyeurism, in subject and purpose, or as mere moralizing allegory. This lecture moves away from each reductive extreme by re-examining the story’s history and visual effect. Patricia Simons is Professor of Art History, University of Michigan. Her field of study includes the art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France and the Netherlands) with a special focus on…

Discussion | Celebrating the stories of Redfern through art | Sydney 13th November 2015

Join us for a day of presentations and open discussion about the restoration of the 40,000 Years mural and the future of public art in Redfern. The 40,000 Years mural on Lawson Street is a vital part of Redfern’s cultural heritage. Painted in 1983, it contains a complex weave of Aboriginal histories that relate both to the Redfern area and to the passage of Aboriginal people to and from the city of Sydney from across Australia. The mural has deteriorated considerably since it was painted in 1983 and plans are underway for its restoration. At the same time, the Central…

Seminar | SUPERCONNECTIVITY – Korean contemporary art | Sydney

The Korean Cultural Centre in association with the launch of Artlink magazine’s new issue on Korean contemporary art, presents SUPERCONNECTIVITY, a free seminar on Korean contemporary art in Sydney. Renowned Korean and Australian curators and art writers explore connections and differences in a rare opportunity to hear from experts on Korean art in Australia. With a focus on cutting edge contemporary visual arts and in partnership with respected publications Artlink (Australia) and TheArtro (Korea), SUPERCONNECTIVITY is the first contemporary art seminar at the Korean Cultural Centre. Founding Editor of Artlink and co-editor of the Artlink KOREA issue, Stephanie Britton says…

Symposium | Recasting the Question: Digital Approaches in Art History and Museums | University of Sydney

5 November, 2015, 8.45am – 5.00pm A day-long symposium presented by the Power Institute Foundation, University of Sydney, and the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University, with support from the Asia Art Archive. The symposium will be followed by a keynote lecture by professor Caroline Astrid Bruzelius on Digital Thinking and Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, and the Museum. Please click here for details and how to register. Location: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre (D17), Johns Hopkins Drive, the University of Sydney Contact: Ira Ferris Email: ira.ferris@sydney.edu.au This is a free event, open to…