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Help Wanted on Regional Galleries Research

Can you help Dr Don Edgar with his research on Victoria’s regional art galleries? See his note below. I am currently trying to complete a book about the development of Victoria’s unique network of regional art galleries – titled ‘Art for the Country’ – and would appreciate any information others may have on their early years and growth up to the present. The book starts with the first new regional gallery at Mildura, the establishment of the Victorian Public Galleries Group in 1957, then asks what the ‘old’ provincial city galleries (Ballarat, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Geelong and later Castlemaine) were doing before they came on board. It documents the struggle to get better funding for all regional galleries, the (somewhat wavering) support of the NGV, early travelling exhibitions, training of more professional directors, and the often acrimonious conflict of values…

Seminar | Made in Italy Futurism: the magnificent beauty of the mechanised velocity

Made in Italy Futurism: the magnificent beauty of the mechanised velocity Antonino L. Nielfi NB Date corrected 29th May NOT 28th. This seminar draws from the theoretical framework of the exhibition “SPEED: The Magnificent Beauty of the Mechanised Velocity” (currently in preparation for the end of 2014/ the beginning of 2015), curated by Antonino Nielfi for the Italian Embassy of Australia (Canberra, ACT). As a whole, this project aims to illustrate the origins and the technological advancement of Italian industrial design from its early years in the 1900s to the end of the Second World War, as it has been masterly witnessed by the artistic research of Italian Futurism, whose insights and findings have evolved overtime into what is known today as the Made in Italy. The seminar will focus on the evolution of the industrial product throughout the first (1909-1918) and the second (1918-1938) phase…

Seminar | Roman Graffiti and the Evidence For the Depiction of Crucifixion in Late Antiquity, Felicity Harley-McGowan

The infamous ‘Alexamenos’ graffito, depicting a young man saluting a donkey-headed figure tied to a cross, is often treated as the earliest representation of a crucified figure in antiquity. Excavated on the Palatine hill in Rome, it is usually dated to the early third century CE. This paper will discuss a second piece of evidence that may pre-date the Palatine image by roughly a century: a graffito excavated in Puteoli, Italy, which depicts a human figure tied to a cross.

Exhibition | ‘Community and Context’ at Monash Art Design and Architecture Gallery

The significance of printmaking in the context of contemporary art and design will be explored at an exhibition in Melbourne this month. From February 6th the Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) Gallery will present Community & Context, an exhibition featuring the work of twenty four Australian artists. eX de Medici and Rosalind Atkins’s collaborative work Our Corporate Who Art in Heaven, combines etching and engraving, botanical illustration and gas masks to subversive effect. Printmaking as sculpture is also explored in Ruth Johnstone’s work Mining Robert Sticht’s Dürer Archive, which employs engraving, photocopy and kinetic sculpture to explore the vocabulary of Dürer’s vast print catalogue. The exhibition includes other print methods in the work Delicate Cutting by artist Sally Smart, a film of the artist cutting what could be stencils from paper. The new film also suggests the darker connotations…

News and Writing about Art and Art History | June 4th

News and Writing about Art and Art History | June 4th Links compiled by Katrina Grant News Sotheby’s in New York is selling a fragment of a painting suggested to be a lost Guido Reni (Bacchus and Ariadne on the Island of Naxos) that was commissioned by Queen Henrietta Maria but never sent to England because of the civil war and subsequently cut up for being ‘too salacious’. The Tate has received a donation of paintings and sculptures from philanthropists Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker, it includes works by David Hockney, Jacob Epstein,  and Lucian Freud, amongst others. Cuts to TAFE funding by the Victorian government could mean that Ballarat arts school has to close. Art has been taught in Ballarat since 1870. Re-imagining our museumsfor the digital age. Steven Zucker and Beth Harris on why the Google Art Project is important. Should…

JOB: Lecturer in Art (Critical and Theoretical Studies)

Lecturer in Art (Critical and Theoretical Studies) School of Art – Faculty of the VCA and MCM Salary: Level A $57,351 – $77,825 p.a. or Level B $81,925 – $97,283 p.a. plus 17% superannuation. Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience. The position of Lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies will entail participation in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching program and contribution to the institution’s research and culture through honours and postgraduate supervision, mentoring and through the appointee’s own research initiatives and publications. Close date: 5 February 2012 For Position Description, Selection Criteria and application details see the Melbourne University website.

Volunteer at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Volunteer at Heide Museum of Modern Art Heide Museum of Modern Art is seeking motivated and passionate people to join its team of Visitor Services and Education volunteers. Heide volunteers enjoy a number of benefits including FREE entry to all exhibitions and discounts at the Heide Store. There is also a Volunteer Book Club and Lecture Series that encourage the sharing and exchanging of ideas. Volunteers are asked for a commitment of one half day shift per fortnight and they are welcomed into the Heide family. Our Visitor Services will be holding an information night for anyone who is interested in volunteering on Friday 20th January 6pm-7.30pm. For more information visit the Heide website or contact Heide directly.  

Rare Books Summer School at the State Library Victoria

Rare Books Summer School State Library of Victoria Immerse yourself in the world of rare books during an intensive five-day course at the 7th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School. Four courses will be presented: ‘Artists’ books, zines and other collaborative ventures’ Professor Sasha Grishin (6–10 February) ‘Botanical riches: the art of the book’ Richard Aitken (13–17 February) ‘Ephemera: a collector’s key to the history of books’ Wallace Kirsop (13–17 February) ‘The poetics of printing on the iron hand-press’ Caren Florance (13–17 February, Monash University, Caulfield) Please note that places are strictly limited, and applications are due by 9 December 2011. View the detailed brochure and application form (pdf) http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/rare-books-summer-school-2012.pdf Dates:  Monday 6 February 2012 – Friday 10 February 2012 Monday 13 February 2012 – Friday 17 February 2012 Cost: $750.00 Bookings: 03 8664 7322 or rbss@slv.vic.gov.au Website: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/event/rare-books-summer-school  

Professor Karen Franck: The Changing Design of Public Memorials

Professor Karen Franck: The Changing Design of Public Memorials Professor Karen Franck, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Associate Professor Quentin Stevens, from RMIT’s School of Architecture and Design, are collaborating on a major research project on the design and use of public memorials. The project is unique in examining both temporary memorials erected by members of the public and official permanent memorials. It draws upon first-hand observations of both kinds of memorials at the sites of terrorist attacks in New York and London. The researchers also focus on visitor experience of recent abstract memorials, including examples stretching from Berlin to Melbourne to Washington. The collaborators are currently writing a book Spaces of Engagement: Memorial Design, Use and Meaning. They are also joining RMIT Landscape Architecture Professor SueAnne Ware on a grant proposal to study the complex procurement process for public memorials. Professor Franck will deliver the following public…

Seminar: Dr Sheridan Palmer ‘Hegel’s Owl: the Biography of Bernard Smith and the Importance of Distance’

La Trobe History Research Seminar Dr Sheridan Palmer Honorary Fellow, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne Hegel’s Owl: the Biography of Bernard Smith and the Importance of Distance Date: Thursday 22 September, 12:05 to 1:15 pm, Venue: Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Borchardt Library, Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus For more information please contact Dr Robert Kenny (Convener)  Phone: (03) 9479 1132 or  Email: r.kenny@latrobe.edu.au or history@latrobe.edu.au (RSVP not required).

JOB: Assistant Professor (Art History), University of Western Australia

Assistant Professor (Art History) (Ref: 3502) Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts University of Western Australia, Perth •       Tenurable appointment •       Salary range:  Level B AU$78,647 – AU$93,394 p.a. •       Closing date:  Friday, 13 May 2011 The Faculty has a vigorous and innovative academic program.  It teaches in three undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and art history. It also offers several postgraduate research programs including a Doctor of Philosophy.  The Art History program is a small research-intensive unit with an international reputation for outstanding research and teaching in art history. In 2012 it is embarking on an ambitious new Major in Art History with wide contributions in the European and Australian traditions from the medieval to contemporary periods with an emphasis on global and culturally diverse approaches and the cultural history…

Call for Contributions: Research Projects and Dissertations on Early Modern Architecture

Call for Contributions Research Projects and Dissertations on Early Modern Architecture The Early Modern Architecture website is calling for contributions to two lists of work-in-progress on Early Modern architecture that they are compiling. The first is an international list of Ph.D. dissertations from any discipline that address aspects of the architecture (design, theory, and practice) of Europe and its colonies, 1400-1800.  As soon as they have assembled a number of dissertations, they will post an initial list on their site. This list will continue to be updated. If you are supervising or writing a dissertation that is in progress or was completed during the 2010-2011 school year, please email them with the author’s and supervisor’s names, the dissertation title, and the names of your department as well as institution. The second is a parallel list of research projects in progress.  As with the…

Funding: Research Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities (Trinity College, Dublin)

2011 – 2012 Research Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities Trinity College, Dublin The Trinity Long Room Hub intends to award a number of stipendiary and non-stipendiary fellowships for the academic year 2011-2012 in the arts and humanities at Trinity College Dublin. Applicants for a fellowship should demonstrate how they would spend their time working one or more of the many rich collections within the Library, and/or collaborating with named individuals or groups of individuals within one or more of the constituent departments, schools or research centres linked to the Hub. Applications are welcome from across the entire range of arts and humanities research. The funding for these Visiting Research Fellowships has been provided by the UK Alumni of Trinity College Dublin. As such, at least one of the long-term stipendiary fellowships will be reserved for a British citizen or a long-term…

Call for Papers: In the Wake of the ‘Global Turn’ – Practices for an Exploded Art History without Borders

Call for Papers In the Wake of the ‘Global Turn’ – Practices for an Exploded Art History without Borders Organised by the Clark Institute, Williamstown, Massachusttes on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2011 Convened by Jill Casid and Aruna D’Souza. Conference website – http://clarkart.edu/research/content.cfm?ID=378 Deadline January 15th 2011. This Clark conference on art history in the wake of the “global turn” takes up, and yet departs from, decades of the critique of Eurocentric priorities and presumptions of the discipline of art history. What would it mean to understand the global turn as something that does not merely expand but potentially explodes the borders between fields and even the discipline itself? The conference, then, aims to address methodologies, research practices, and models for not just a de-centered but also a reoriented practice of the global, one that reckons with…