Category: Melbourne Exhibitions

Exhibition | Jill Orr ‘Space, Place and Recurring History’, Monash University Faculty Gallery

Jill Orr ‘Space, Place and Recurring History’ Monash University Faculty Gallery Space, Place and Recurring History is an analysis, through art practice, of relationships to place that overlap, intermingle, collaborate and question. Vision, imagination and possibility sit side by side the challenges faced in the psycho-social environment, that goes hand in hand with the Earth’s  ecology of which we are an integral part. The works created for this research address some blockages  that impede social and environmental change and propose an imaginative, interactive space through which a productive chaos of possibility can be found. It is an expanded space that can also be framed as culture as nature. Termed by Janine Burke, this is the vast space between binary oppositional structures. Part of the process of undoing or opening up binary structures is to enable hearing/ listening/ imagining/ and visualising…

Exhibition | Opening Day for ‘Love and Devotion: from Persia and Beyond’

Opening day celebration: Love and devotion Date: Friday 9 March 2012, 11:00am – 4:00pm Venue: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria via main entry, Swanston St Free and open to the public The State Library of Victoria is running a special day of activities to mark the opening of the exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond. The free exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond (9 March–1 July 2012) celebrates the beauty of Persian manuscripts and the stories of human and divine love told through their pages from the early 11th century on. Many of the manuscripts on show have been loaned from the world-renowned collection of the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford; other exhibits are rare works from the State Library of Victoria and other Australian collections. More information available here. Activities running on Friday 9th March. Curators’…

Exhibition | ‘William Kentridge: Five Themes’ at ACMI, Melbourne – Katrina Grant

‘William Kentridge: Five Themes’ at the ACMI Thursday 8th March to Sunday 27th May, ACMI at Federation Square, Melbourne William Kentridge: Five Themes opens today at ACMI, Federation Square. The exhibition was originally curated by Mark Rosenthal for the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rosenthal has travelled to Melbourne, with the artist William Kentridge, to oversee the installation of the exhibition in ACMI’s expansive underground exhibition space. Since 2009 the exhibition has been touring cities around the world including Johannesburg, New York, Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem and Moscow. Kentridge is known for his stop motion films of charcoal drawings and the exhibition includes five rooms screening short animations, as well as charcoal drawings, theatre models, sculptures and books. Speaking at the launch Kentridge said that the works in the exhibition should…

Symposium and Exhibition | Adventure and Art: the fine press book from 1450 to 2011

Adventure and Art the fine press book from 1450 to 2011 Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne About the Exhibition Leigh Scott Gallery, Level 1, Baillieu Library, 1 March to 27 May 2012 Adventure and Art, curated by poet and fine press printer Alan Loney, is about the printer’s craft, evidenced from the first printed books in the 15th century, and given a hugely influential impetus by William Morris and the Arts & Craft movement at the end of the 19th. This exhibition will show how a number of technologies that are obsolete in commercial terms are still current in creative & craft terms in the 21st century. Exhibited will be books from the Baillieu Special Collections from Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia. Website: http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections/special/exhibitions/ Symposium A Symposium discussing the nature and definition of fine press books will be held…

NGV | Contemporary Twilight Series: Contemporary Art and India

Contemporary Twilight Series: Ranjani Shettar Contemporary Art and India Free late night exhibition viewings showcasing our brand new contemporary project space. Drop by after hours to view this amazing exhibition, enjoy a drink and a free floor talk. Enter via north entrance. Floor Talk: In Conversation – Contemporary art and India Nick Hill will lead the discussion by introducing the Australia India Institute. This will be followed by an insightful conversation between Kate Daw, Emily Floyd, Simon Maidment, John Meade and Vikki McInnes, who will reflect on the contemporary art scene in India, following their visit last month to Delhi. Melbourne-based contemporary artists Kate Daw, Emily Floyd and John Meade will present an exhibition of new work at Seven Art, Delhi in December as part of the art festival marking 2012: India-Australia Year of Friendship. Each of the artists have…

News | State Library of Victoria Launches Appeal to Purchase Persian Manuscripts

State Library of Victoria Launches Appeal to Purchase Rare Persian Manuscripts A public appeal has been launched to raise $100,000 to purchase two Persian manuscripts for the Rare Book Collection at the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria Foundation has launched the appeal to help purchase two items: a 16th-century manuscript copy of the Khamsa or quintet of classic Persian stories written by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami of Ganja; and a 19th-century manuscript copy of the Tutinama or ‘Book of the parrot’. The Khamsa manuscript was made in Astarabad, known today as Gurgan, in north-east Persia in 1509–10 by the scribe al-Abd Ibrahim. It is decorated in the Shiraz style with 15 full-page hand-painted illustrations by an unnamed artist (identified by scholars as ‘Artist B’). ‘The Khamsa will be the finest Persian manuscript in an Australian collection,’…

Exhibition and Public Programs: William Kentridge – Five Themes at ACMI

William Kentridge: Five Themes Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 8 March to 27 May Tickets are now available via the ACMI website About the Exhibition Premiering in Australia after travelling to San Francisco, New York, Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem and Moscow, the exhibition explores five key themes that have captivated Kentridge throughout his career. Well known for his stop motion films of charcoal drawings, Kentridge’s multi-disciplinary approach will be showcased through over 60 works ranging from animations, drawings and prints to theatre models, sculptures and books. More on the ACMI website. William Kentridge: Public Programs held from 4 March until 27 May 2012 Coinciding with the exhibition William Kentridge will inspire and take part in a series of public programs presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Note some programs have limited places and require pre-booking. Nebula Date: Sunday…

Exhibition | Museums in the Incident

Museums in the Incident Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield, 15 February – 22 March 2012 Local and international artists have chosen works from the Monash University collection and paired it with a work of their own, creating a whole new artistic experience. Eleanor Crook, Ysabelle Dauguet, Sam Martin, Michelle Neal, Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock and Wyndham Lewis, Benet Spencer, Kristina Tsoulis-Reay, Michael Vale, Rosie Weiss, Anna White. Alongside work they have curated from the Monash University Collection: Rick Amor, Mike Brown, Domenico De Clario, John Heartfield, Maria Kozic, Stieg Persson, Yikartu  Bumba (Petersen), Ceilia Rosser, Wolfgang Sievers, Louise Weave Opening Event: Wednesday 15 February 5 – 7.30pm Venue: Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield, open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 12-5pm on Saturday Limited edition (500) catalogues will be available for purchase on the opening night. Join them on Facebook to receive instant updates or for more information please visit their website.

NGV | Contemporary Twilight Series – Ranjani Shettar

Contemporary Twilight Series – Ranjani Shettar Free late night exhibition viewing showcasing our brand new contemporary project spaces and a range of talks. Food and beverages available for purchase. Talk – The context and bodily terrain of Ranjani Shettar’s installations Peter Cripps, artist and Senior Lecturer, Sculpture, RMIT Over a forty year period, Peter Cripps’ practice of object based works and sculptural installations have continued to explore the relationships between object and display, context and the evolution of interpretation from one pe­riod to the next.  Cripps has worked in Australian museums, galleries, universities and the related art industry since the 1970s and has taught sculpture in the School of Art at RMIT since 1989. His work is held comprehensively in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australian National Gal­lery, Canberra and most state galleries in Australia, as…

Short Talks Afternoon: Private lives / public spaces – Photography, art and the law

Short Talks Afternoon: Private lives / public spaces – Photography, art and the law The NGV is holding an afternoon of discussion about photography, privacy and the public space in association with the present NGV exhibition Looking at Looking: the Photographic Gaze (exhibition website). The cutting look: Art, photography and public space Dr Melissa Miles, Lecturer, Theory of Art & Design, Monash University Melissa Miles will discuss the affects that increasing restrictions on photography are having on artists and on the types of photographs that they are making. The legal side: The restrictions of photography in public spaces Dr Kate MacNeill, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Arts & Cultural Management, The University of Melbourne Contemporary photography practice lies at the intersection of artistic freedom and the regulation of public and private spaces. In this lecture Dr Kate MacNeill will address the…

Exhibition and Opening: Oculi – Terra Australis Incognita at Monash Gallery of Art

Oculi: Terra Australis Incognita 27 January 2012 to 25 March 2012, Monash Gallery of Art A Manly Art Gallery & Museum Touring Exhibition curated by Sandy Edwards Exhibition Opening: 3.00pm Saturday 4 February 2012 To be opened by Michael Coyne Adjunct Professor of Photography, RMIT University and eminent Australian photojournalist Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill,  VIC  3150. Ten years ago, a group of Australian photographers began Oculi. Committed by a collective vision to represent contemporary Australia and its regions, each member of the group embraces a range of distinctive styles and perspectives that include a strong documentary focus. The exhibition comprises approximately 80 photographic images of Australia as we understand and experience it today. Oculi photographers: Donna Bailey, James Brickwood, Tamara Dean, Jesse Marlow, Nick Moir, Jeremy Piper, Andrew Quilty, Dean Sewell, Steven Siewert, Tamara Voninski.

Exhibition and Seminars: Sensorial Loop 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial

Sensorial Loop – 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial RMIT Gallery 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, February – 24 March Opening February 9 at 6pm RSVP 03 9925 1717 or rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au A Victorian style mourning dress stained with a fugitive dye; pictures made of buttons detailing a migrant experience; hand printed resist style patterned cloth and machine knitted metal sculptural forms. These are some of the textile works to be shown at the 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial exhibition titled Sensorial Loop. More on the RMIT website Sensorial Loop: New directions in the field of textiles Presented by TTT curator Patrick Snelling and Tamworth Regional Gallery Director Sandra McMahon with artists Michele Elliot, Cecilia Heffer, Michelle Hamer and Cresside Collette. Each artist will discuss and present their Tamworth work in a 20min presentation. Audience feedback welcome. Date: Friday 10 February 10.30am – 12pm Venue: Storey Hall Conference…

Exhibition: Fred Kruger – Intimate Landscapes at NGV Australia

Exhibition Fred Kruger – Intimate Landscapes The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 4 February to 27 May 2012  On 4 February the National Gallery of Victoria will open Fred Kruger: Intimate Landscapes, the first comprehensive survey of Fred Kruger’s (1831–88) photographs ever to be mounted. The exhibition features features over 100 works drawn predominantly from the NGV Collection and incorporates loans from Museum Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and private collections. Fred Kruger was one of the leading landscape photographers of the 19th century in Australia, working extensively throughout Victoria. Kruger migrated from Germany in 1860 and a few years later opened a photographic studio in Carlton, Melbourne before moving his thriving practice to Geelong. Many of the photographs in this exhibition depict iconic locations that will be familiar to Victorians, providing visitors with a glimpse back more than 130 years to…

Lecture: Sasha Grishin ‘Voices in artists’ books – the collaborative venture’

Free Public Lecture at State Library of Victoria Voices in artists books – the collaborative venture  Sasha Grishin The artists book frequently brings together the creative endeavours of many individuals, who may include the artist, the poet, the letterpress artisan and the binder, amongst others.  Each of these ‘collaborators’ has a particular and distinctive ‘voice’.  In this lecture Professor Sasha Grishin explores some strategies involved in listening to voices in artists books. Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA is the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History at the Australian National University and works internationally as an art historian, critic and curator. He has published 18 books and over a thousand articles dealing with various aspects of art, especially printmaking and artists’ books. Professor Grishin is currently undertaking an Honorary Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Venue: State Library of…

Monash Museum of Art Exhibitions open Feb 2012: Hany Armanious, Adrian Paci and Contemporary Portraiture

Three new exhibitions opening at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA in Melbourne on 1st February 2012 Exhibition Dates: 1 February to 7th April Opening Function: Saturday 4 February 2012, 3.00 – 5.00pm, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus. Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread is the Australian premiere of works shown at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, presented alongside a suite of new works and an artist’s book developed for MUMA. The first major exhibition of Hany Armanious’ work in Melbourne, The Golden Thread builds upon a burgeoning critical reception that has grown around the artist’s work internationally over the past decade. Born in Egypt in 1962 and migrating with his family to Australia six years later, Sydney-based Hany Armanious was the sole Australian representative at the Venice Biennale in 2011. Hany Armanious: The Golden Thread was developed by the Australia Council,…