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Lecture | Chari Larsson – Steve McQueen’s Ghostly Survivals with respondent Giles Fielke

Followed by the Melbourne launch of Broadsheet Journal 45.2 (September 2016), with opening remarks by Liz Nowell, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA), and Wendy Walker, Editor, Broadsheet Journal. Date: Wednesday, 14th September 2016, 6:00pm Venue: Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne Free to attend In 2003, British artist and filmmaker, Steve McQueen was selected as an official war artist by the Imperial War Museum to document the war in Iraq. The situation in Basra, however, was extremely unstable and dangerous, leaving McQueen unable to film and confined for the duration of the six-day trip. As a response, McQueen later began composing a new commemorative project, Queen and Country (2007–2009), with the goal of giving representation to the men and women who had died serving in Iraq. McQueen created sheets of postage stamps, seeking to circulate miniature portraits of the…

New Journal on Art History Pedagogy and Practice (AHPP)

A new journal on teaching and pedagogy in art history. Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR), in partnership with the Office of Library Services at the City University of New York (CUNY), is excited to announce the launch of Art History Pedagogy and Practice (AHPP) on Academic Works’ Digital Commons platform. Published by AHTR, a practitioner-led, open-educational resource for educators who address art history, visual culture, and material culture, AHPP is the first academic journal dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning in art history (SoTL-AH). The result of a two-year initiative, AHPP responds to a long-standing need to advance, collect, disseminate, and demonstrate pedagogical research specific to the discipline. The call for papers for the inaugural issue, forthcoming in fall 2016, is available on the AHTR website. You can also read the recent AHTR white paper the Need for a…

NGV Appeal to buy François Marie Poncet’s 1782 Vénus

The NGV is asking for donations to support its acquisition of François Marie Poncet’s 1782 ‘Vénus’. Poncet was a French sculptor who was a pupil of the famous Etienne-Maurice Falconet at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris. He left for Rome in 1760 and spent much of his career in Italy. His first fifteen years in Rome seem to have been spent at the fringes of the Académie de France (he had twice entered the Prix de Rome but been unsuccessful), in contact with British, German and Scandinavian Neo-classical artists. In 1771 he was elected to the Accademia degli Arcadi, and on a journey to Paris in 1775, Poncet stopped in Lyon, where he was received (reçu) as a member of the Lyon academy. At Ferney he made a bust of Voltaire, a striking masterpiece of great realism and vitality. In…

Lecture | Floods, Rats, White Ants, All Seem To Conspire Against Us | RMIT Design Hub

The Empire Remains is a long-term project by Cooking Sections that started in 2013. It explores the infrastructure and cultural imaginaries that were set up by the British Empire to promote the food and agricultural industry between home and overseas territories through powerful visual arts, film and graphic propaganda. The Empire Remains attests to the ways global food networks have evolved up to today and affected the construction of the natural and built environment – like the relationship between megaports and invasive species or between greenhouses and the end of traditional seasons. By looking at bananas, sugar, rum, tobacco, cacao, fruits and spices, Cooking Sections explore the spatial legacy of such trade networks and how they affect the world we live in. Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based in London. Their practice was born out of The Centre for…

Masters Degree in Digital Art History at Duke University

Logo for Wired Digital Art History at Duke Unievrsity

Historical & Cultural Visualization: Digital Art History Track   The Wired! Lab offers a Digital Art History track as part of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies’ Master of Arts degree in Historical and Cultural Visualization. The department also offers a track in Computational Media. The 18-month Digital Art History program integrates historical disciplines and the study of cultural artifacts with digital visualization techniques for the analysis and presentation of research. The program builds on courses and well-developed strengths at Duke University, and requires 10 courses over three semesters in addition to summer research. Students affiliate with an existing faculty research initiative, from which they will develop their own independent research project for the M.A. thesis. Common themes that unite the various projects are the visualization of process, the representation of change over time, recontextualizing displaced objects…

Exhibition | Nick Austin & Patrick Lundberg | TCB

FRONT AND BACK SPACE | ZERO TO HERO | NICK AUSTIN – PATRICK LUNDBERG Curated by Chloe Geoghegan Exhibition dates: 20 January ˆ February 6, 2016 Zero to Hero addresses the individual practices of Patrick Lundberg and Nick Austin as continuously intersecting at certain points within one narrative system. Accompanied by a brief curatorial text, Zero to Hero uses the convention of space to form a conversation around the inevitability of location. Based in Dunedin, Chloe Geoghegan runs Blue Oyster Art Project Space. Across the road, Nick Austin paints in his studio. In 2014, Patrick Lundberg had a studio in Dunedin too, but now he lives in Auckland. Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 20th January 2016 Address: TCB art Inc. level 1/12 Waratah place, Melbourne Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm Website: http://tcbartinc.org.au/zero-to-hero/

Survey | Wellcome Trust survey on Third Party Image Permissions for Electronic Publications

A survey by the Wellcome Trust aims to gather information about the challenges faced by researchers who want to publish images in ebooks and online. We are trying to learn about the challenges researchers face when wanting to use images from third parties in electronic publications such as e-books and online articles. “Third party” includes image providers like the Tate, V&A, Wellcome Images, Getty Images, etc. We want your feedback to help us find out how best we can alleviate some of these problems. You can take the survey here: https://dotmailer-surveys.com/032pxje8-451bez96

Conference | Artist and Empire: New Dynamics 1790 to the present day | Tate Britain 24-26 November 2015

  International conference | Artist and Empire: New Dynamics 1790 to the present day Tate Britain, Clore Auditorium – 24 – 26 November 2015 We are pleased to announce that Tate is holding a major conference in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London and Culture at King’s College London, to mark the opening of the exhibition Artist and Empire. Scholars, curators and artists from around Britain and the world will consider art created under the conditions of the British Empire, its aftermath, and its future in museum and gallery displays. Scholarship has expanded over the last two decades across a span of disciplines and locations. This conference takes the historic opportunity of the exhibition, featuring diverse artists from the sixteenth century to the present day, to bring together people to meet and share the latest research being developed around this subject. The papers,…

Conversation | Collecting thoughts: Suhanya Raffel & Gene Sherman in dialogue | University of Melbourne

Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales and curator of Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection and Gene Sherman, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation – share ideas on their stimulating and fruitful collaboration in realising an exhibition from the Sherman collection. This conversation will provide a glimpse into the genesis and shaping of the Sherman collection, as well as identifying the curatorial role in framing artworks for national and international audiences. Suhanya Raffel is Deputy Director and Director of Collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Previously, she was at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions since 1994, including deputy director of curatorial and collection development from 2010 and acting director during 2012. She was instrumental in building its contemporary Asia Pacific collection…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 9th 2015

A round-up of some of the news and stories on art and art history from the past week. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has cancelled their Marina Abramovic retrospective that was planned for 2016. In a comment made to Fairfax Media Abramovic  said ‘They say that it is complicated. One reason was there were two exhibitions in Australia. It was too much to make a third one. The trustees they didn’t want any more.’ Her work is the focus of two upcoming exhibitions, one in Sydney at Kaldor Art projects, and another at MONA. Is one reason (or even the main reason?) for the cancellation a symptom of our museums wanting exclusives? A great article by Griselda Pollock in The Conversation UK that addresses the recent ‘Inventing Impressionism’ exhibition at the National Gallery (in London) and the ‘disappearing…

News | State Library of Victoria Receives Important Rare Book Collection

Yesterday the State Library of Victoria announced a that they have received the most significant bequest of rare books in their 160 year history. The collection was put together by the late John Emmerson, an Oxford physicist and later a Melbourne barrister. The collection of over 5000 rare books is described as one of the most significant collections of early modern printed books and pamphlets in the world. The collection is particularly strong on rare English books and printed materials surrounding the King Charles I era and the English Civil War of the 1640s, with the only comparable collections belonging to the British Library and Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Not only does the collection include a number of important rare books, many of them also come with an impressive provenance. For instance, the 1485 Bible printed in Nuremburg from Emmerson’s collection  once belonged to William Juxon (1582-1663), the Bishop of London and later…

Exhibition | Kate Beynon, Phase Change, and Earth and Sky | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Three new exhibitions have opened at TarraWarra Museum of art. All exhibitions run from March 28th until 8th June 2015. Kate Beynon | An-Li: A Chinese Ghost TaleTALE Kate Beynon’s new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing. The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to coincide with the exhibition. The exhibition will feature works on paper, paintings, an animated video and a suspended sculptural installation.…

Symposium | Indigenous Screen Performance | ACMI

This symposium will look at the outstanding contribution that Indigenous writers, directors and actors are making to Australian film, television and theatre with a particular focus on Redfern Now, The Gods of Wheat St and Tim Winton’s The Turning. Participants include Leah Purcell, Tony Birch, Jon Bell and Jub Clerc who have multiple credits as writers, directors and actors. Date: Monday 10 November 2014, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Venue: ACMI in Melbourne The aim of this symposium is to begin a conversation on how roles are changing for Indigenous actors on screen, and how Indigenous writers, directors, actors and producers work together to create a performance. The symposium will be followed on Tuesday 11 November by the presentation of the Kate Challis RAKA Award for the best film or television script by an Indigenous writer over the last 5 years. As places are limited for this…

Conversation | MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry in conversation with Edmund Capon | MPavilion

In 1932, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) established the world’s first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. Director Glenn D. Lowry pioneered and presided over the museum’s 2004 renovation, designed by the Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, and is currently overseeing the ambitious expansion and redevelopment that is set for completion in 2018. Lowry comes to MPavilion to discuss design’s role in the museum, joined in conversation by Edmund Capon, Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation and former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Date: Thursday 30 October at 6pm Venue: MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens (opposite NGV International) Bookings essential – Book your free spot here.

Conference | Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context

The University of Melbourne – 23 – 26 October 2014   Forty years after the term ‘Outsider art’ was coined by Roger Cardinal to encompass works by untrained artists who work outside the established art world, new paradigms and definitions are being sought. The current enthusiasm for these forms of expression culminated in Massimiliano Gioni’s 2013 Venice Biennale, which dedicated several exhibits to self-taught or Outsider artists. Reviewing the Biennale in Art and America, Travis Jeppesen wrote ‘the success of Gioni’s bold production signals a move beyond ‘the contemporary’ as the default category we have relied upon for far too long’. Such comments demonstrate the timeliness of this topic and the potential for this conference to contribute to and enrich our understanding of contemporary culture at the broadest level. The increased interest in Outsider art, however, has also raised a…