Category: Sydney Events

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 the representation of gender and sexuality. This is a free public lecture open to all with online registrations required. Register on the University of Sydney website. Venue: Mills Lecture Theatre 209, RC Mills Building, the University of Sydney Contact: Ira…

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 to Eveleigh Urban Transformation Program has highlighted the need for contemporary Indigenous stories to be represented in future public art projects that contribute to Redfern’s revitalisation. The Redfern Mural Gathering will bring together cultural leaders, artists and community members to…

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 “From private collections to North-South relations and Korean cultural policy, this seminar and publication look in depth at Korean contemporary art and lay the ground for a more informed approach to the subject for the arts sector in Australia and…

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 all with online registrations required. To register please click here – http://whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/power-institute-recasting-the-question Digital approaches occupy an increasingly important place in the discipline of art history today. Yet their potential remains largely untapped by many in the field. What becomes possible in…

Symposium | Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future | University of Sydney

Date: 15 October 2015 A day-long symposium presented by the Power Institute and Department of Art History, at the University of Sydney ABSTRACT Since at least the 1940s, Asia has become an increasingly important point of orientation for Australia and New Zealand: politically, economically, demographically, and, of course, culturally. In this context, there has long been strong public interest in Asian art, sustaining dedicated galleries, significant original exhibitions, specialist organisations, arts festivals, and numerous exchange programmes. Nonetheless, the study of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand appears stubbornly diffuse. Australia and New Zealand boast successive generations of specialists working as educators, curators, researchers, artists, and ever growing numbers of students, yet we often remain separated by discipline, geography, institutional structures, and the variable resources that characterize local museum and library collections. Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand:…

Research Day in 18th Century Studies at the University of Sydney

Topic: 18th Century Philosophy in Dialogue Date: 28 August 2015 The Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) is sponsoring a Research Day in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sydney on 28 August 2015. The event supports the efforts of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS) in building a new community of scholars and postgraduate studies from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities. The Research Day will begin with an interdisciplinary panel discussion with experts from a number of fields speaking on the relationships between philosophy, music, literature, art and architecture during the eighteenth century. Led by Dalia Nassar (Philosophy), the panel features visiting scholar Justin Smith (Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII) engaged in discussion with Jennifer Ferng (Architecture), Alan Maddox (Musicology), Jennifer Milam (Art History) and Matthew Sussman (English Literature). Postgraduate students will then…

Lecture and Symposium | Tim Barringer Lecture and Gallipoli Gelibolu Symposium | Sydney

On Sunday 25 April 1915, Anzac troops began landing on the Turkish coast at Gallipoli (Turkish name, Gelibolu) in what has become a defining campaign of World War I. The Power Institute is proud to be supporting a special symposium with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which brings together leading Turkish and Australian academics to explore the impact of that event on Australian and Turkish art, architecture and material culture and to critically assess the role of visual culture in mediating the conflict’s significance within both polities. By creating a dialogue between Turkish and Australian scholars, Gallipoli Gelibolu aims to encourage new approaches to the narrative of an event of shared national significance. Participants will explore a range of themes including loss, memory and memorialisation, cultural identity and cross-cultural contact. The scope of inquiry into the role of visual culture…

Workshop | My Sydney: Writing Workshop led by Cathy Craigie | Sydney

PART I: WALK AND TALK The workshop will begin at the 40 000 Years mural at the Redfern railway bridge (designed by Carol Ruff 1983) where Cathy will talk about her knowledge of and involvement with the mural. She will also discuss the history of Redfern and its surrounds, including her own longstanding family history in the area; and will tell tales of the inner city focusing on its ‘hidden histories’ (such as old trade routes underlying some of Sydney’s major arterial routes; lakes and waterways beneath its urban infrastructure; little-known pasts of the Town Hall, to name a few). Discussion will take place on foot, with a walk that departs from the mural and ends up at 107 Projects in Redfern. PART II After talking about ‘her Sydney’, Cathy will dedicate the second part of the workshop to participants…

Workshop | Finding Country | Sydney College of the Arts

Finding Country is an ongoing project initiated by Kevin O’Brien in 2006 and continuing as a pluralist contest between the idea of Aboriginal space (Country), and European space (property) in Australia. Aboriginal Country is excluded from the Australian city and even more so in the derivative architecture. Despite the 1992 landmark Mabo case High Court decision, a decision that struck down the doctrine of Terra Nullius (an empty land belonging to no-one), architecture in Australia continues its eighteenth-century European tradition of drawing on empty paper. The Finding Country position is that this paper is not empty, but is full of what can’t be seen. THE WORKSHOP – The workshop is focused on ways to empty the City in order to reveal a practical idea about Country. Drawing and sculpture will be the modes of inquiry.  Individual submissions will be assembled into one collective conceptual sculptural mapping…

Reminder | ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’ David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies | 10-12 December, Sydney

Online registration closes soon for the David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV. 10-12 December 2014 | The University of Sydney | Sydney, Australia The Sydney Intellectual History Network and ‘Putting Periodisation to Use’ Research Group at the University of Sydney invite you to the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar (DNS), with the theme ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’. Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the DNS conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture. Keynote speakers Full details of each keynote here – individual registration for each keynote is available. John Dixon Hunt…

Curating Feminism | A Contemporary Art and Feminism Event | Sydney

Curating Feminism, a Contemporary Art and Feminism event is co-hosted by Sydney College of the Arts, School of Letters, Arts and Media, and The Power Institute, University of Sydney. The event will run over Thursday 23 October to Sunday 26 October, and will include an exhibition, masterclasses, conference and wikithon. See events for specific times and venues. Collectively, the event seeks to ask the following key questions: How can curating be an activist practice, especially in the realm of gender? What does it mean to be a feminist curator, or to adopt a feminist curatorial method? How does an emphasis on process, collaboration and negotiation help us imagine feminist curating?   Keynote Speakers Michael Birchall | Activism & Art: for the de-proletarianized petty bourgeoisie 6.00pm Thursday 23 October | SCA Galleries, Callan Park, Rozelle Michael Birchall is a Berlin based curator, writer and…

Sydney Event | Jennifer Ferng on Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s Maison gothique (1777-1814)

Sensuality and the Subterranean: Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s Maison gothique (1777-1814) during the late Enlightenment Dr Jennifer Ferng, Lecturer Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning As one of the French utopian designers of the late Enlightenment, Lequeu is regarded by many architectural historians as having an enigmatic inventory of unbuilt work. He envisioned Grecian-Egyptian temples, Masonic grottoes, and neoclassical tombs and civic monuments. Enhanced by his training as a draughtsman, his studies of human anatomy verged on the edge of explicit prurience. This lecture surveys some of his fanciful imagery in relation to the intellectual discourses surrounding the subterranean, focusing on how myth and occult knowledge came to define his ideas of architecture and the body.Dr Jennifer Ferng is Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sydney. She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves as co-editor of Architectural Theory…

Sydney Event | Whitney Davis on Prehistoric Pictoriality

A Thin Red Line: The Presence of Prehistoric Pictoriality Whitney Davis The Power institute with Sydney Ideas is delighted to present a lecture by Whitney Davis, Professor of History & Theory of Ancient & Modern Art, University of California at Berkeley, and Visiting Professor, University of York (UK). Professor Davis’s lecture will address one of the most well-established and influential ideas about prehistoric (and specifically Paleolithic) pictorial representation, namely, the idea that their original makers and beholders did not take them and use them as pictures “in our sense” but instead considered them to be the “things themselves”, that is, the objects depicted – such as bison and other animals. But how do we reconcile this idea, which has some anthropological justification, with the visible activity of mark-making and of “painterliness” – of making visible the process of making the…

Symposium | Paul Klee in Peace and War: Tunisia and the German Home Front 1914-18 | Sydney

Paul Klee in Peace and War: Tunisia and the German Home Front 1914-18 22 July 2014, Art Gallery of NSW Proudly presented by The Power Institute, The University of Sydney with the generous support of the Consulate General of Switzerland, Sydney and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This forum, convened by Professor Roger Benjamin, will bring together an international panel to celebrate the centenary of Paul Klee’s famous voyage to Tunisia. Claimed by the artist himself as his ‘breakthrough to colour’, the Tunisian trip of April 1914 elicited brilliant work from Klee and his colleagues August Macke and Louis Moilliet. The artists transformed the genre of Orientalism by adapting the aesthetics of Cubism and the high-colour art of the Blue Rider and Orphist avant-gardes to the North African scene. The ancient Islamic capital of Kairouan became the focus…

Lecture | The Ruination of Everything: Joseph Pennell, America and Illustration before the Great War – Eric Segal | Sydney University

The Ruination of Everything: Joseph Pennell, America and Illustration before the Great War Eric Segal The Power Institute with Sydney Ideas is proud to present a talk by Eric Segal, of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. Segal’s presentation will focus on the artist Joseph Pennell (U.S.A. 1857-1926). Pennell worked throughout Europe and England illustrating Old World cities and landscapes, whist at the same time rendering great American works of architecture and engineering. His dedication to a shabby Europe of the past and a gleaming New-World modernity, reflected contradictions and disappointments in his chauvinistic concerns about the faltering course of American cultural progress. The talk will explore how Pennell tied together thinking about the preservation of art, encroaching immigration and “wonders” of engineering, in an untidy package that led to complex and sometimes explosive…