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Conversation | Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses | NGV International

Andy Warhol (American, 1928 – 1987), Sarah Bernhardt, from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, 1980, screenprint on paper, 40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Lorraine and Martin Beitler, 2006-64.9 ©2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York /

Held in conjunction with The Jewish Museum’s exhibition Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses (20 Nov 2014-24 May 2015), join the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia Rebecca Forgasz in conversation with the Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna Danielle Spera. Danielle Spera was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna in 2010. From 1978 till 2010 she worked as a journalist, correspondent, reporter, and anchorwoman at ORF-TV Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation. She is the author of numerous books and articles on contemporary art, Jewish topics, and for the magazine NU. Since…

Discussions and Workshops for the opening of Emily Floyd: The Daw at NGV

Emily Floyd, The Dawn (Maquette) 2014, wood, synthetic polymer paint
37.5 x 60.0 x 70.0 cm (overall), Collection of the artist, Melbourne. © Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Celebrate the opening weekend of Emily Floyd: The Dawn at the National Gallery of Victoria with a series of discussions and hands-on workshops. About the Exhibition | Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature works dating from 2001 to 2014 including lesser-known early works, major installations and a newly commissioned children’s project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s. Floyd works across the mediums of sculpture and printmaking and is known for her installations and public…

Ursula Hoff Dinner | University of Melbourne


The Art History discipline at the Faculty of Artsis hosting a dinner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr Ursula Hoff’s arrival in Australia from London in December 1939. Dr Hoff was sponsored by the University Women’s College (now University College), at the University of Melbourne. Dr Hoff went on to have a distinguished career at the University and at the National Gallery of Victoria. This dinner is an opportunity to acknowledge Dr Hoff’s unique contribution to Australian culture. During the dinner, Kelly Gellatly, the Director of the University’s Ian…

Discussion | Micky Allan, Ponch Hawkes and Ruth Maddison on feminist politics and art photography | MGA

Community: Ruth Maddison's Vehicle Builders Union Ball, Collingwood Town Hall, Melbourne 1979, from the series Let’s dance. 27.0 x 18.0 cm Photo: Ruth Maddison

Given the vitality of both feminist politics and art photography during the 1970s, it is not surprising that they entered into a lively exchange that extended into the 1980s. Monash Gallery of Art is hosting a discussion around the work and ideas of three of leading photographers, Micky Allan, Ponch Hawkes and Ruth Maddison. Date: 3pm, 23rd November Venue: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150. Website: Free event. Bookings preferred please email:

Lecture | Museums for Contemporary Art in Central Europe – Dr Katarzyna Jagodzińska | University of Melbourne

Royal Castle in Budapest – seat of the Hungarian National Gallery and first seat of the Ludwig Museum

For countries in Central Europe the revolution in 1989 meant a new freedom in cultural activity and artistic creation, the beginning of transparent principles in financing culture, the end of censorship, as well as unhampered access to international cooperation. It is certainly one of the most symbolic dates in history. A period of transition began, when fully democratic states and societies were built. As an important element of civil societies, culture was also involved in the process of adaptation to the rules of free-market economy. But it does not mean…

Conference | Re-structure 2014


Budget cuts proposed by the Abbott government have instigated a proliferation of restructures across the public sector. These restructures will have far reaching impacts on culture and education. The Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University is organising a conference to discuss the current re-structuring in the arts, culture, creative sector in Australia. This conference looks at the current state of the arts, and considers alternative modes of culture and knowledge production within times of shrinking public expenditures. Featuring participants from performance, fashion, creative arts, gaming, media and community intervention, the event explores both broader…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Alison Inglis: Portraiture and the colonial collection

‘Additions to the Public Library buildings’, Australasian Sketcher, 18 April 1889 State Library of Victoria)

Associate Professor Alison Inglis | ‘Portraiture and the Colonial Collection: Searching for Portraits in the National Gallery of Victoria in the Nineteenth Century This paper will investigate the significance of the portrait during the early years of the National Gallery of Victoria by reconstructing this aspect of the collection prior to Federation. To what extent did the Trustees of Victoria’s leading colonial institution (consisting of the Public Library, Museum and National Gallery combined) seek to fulfill the role of a national portrait gallery by adopting such traditions as ‘the hall…

Gertrude Discipline Lecture | Inside Outside and In Parallel: Speculations from four curators working in the Turkish Context

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Mari Spirito, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Başak Şenova and November Paynter The next Gertrude-Discipline lecture takes the form of a panel: a discussion between four curators whose work concerns the presentation and production of contemporary art from Turkey. Mari Spirito, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Başak Şenova and November Paynter represent a range of voices from within the independent, not-for-profit and museum sectors in Turkey. They will discuss their approaches to curating contemporary Turkish art, highlighting the individual concerns, challenges and circumstances that motivate and inform their curatorial approaches. Following the panel discussion, Associate Professor…

Talks | The Colourful History of the Stripe | NGV International

Chapan/khalat (coat) 
(late 19th century-mid 20th century), Uzbek, yellow and purple striped silk, cotton, dyes, braid, printed Russian cotton,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Asian Art Acquisition Fund with the assistance of Graham and Vivien Knowles, Charles Good AC and Cornelia Goode, 2013

In the Middle Ages the stripe was a religious symbol; during the French and American revolutions it represented freedom; and in the twentieth century a cast of abstract artists reduced their work to stripes. Delve deeper into the social, cultural and historical significance of the stripe, as well as its fascinating relationship to art, architecture and fashion in this series of insightful talks. Time: 1pm on Saturdays – see dates below. Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International Cost $20 Adult / $16 Members / $18 Concession / $10 Student Sat 25 October | The…

Lecture | Continuum and Urban Boundary Propositions – Ash Keating | La Trobe University

Ash Keating, West Park Proposition (2012), Truganina, Victoria. Photo by Greta Costello for Ash Keating

Melbourne artist Ash Keating will present a public lecture as part of his Artist Residency with the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University.Keating will discuss his current work on the project Continuum and Urban Boundary Propositions, which he will discuss in detail in this upcoming lecture. Ash Keating has exhibited extensively in galleries and created numerous large-scale, site-responsive art projects in Australia and internationally since 2004. He recently undertook a major painting commission in collaboration with RMIT University and Peter Elliot Architects in Melbourne for RMIT’s A’Beckett Urban Square. Recent projects…

Lecture | Nathaniel Mellors gives the MUMA Boiler Room Lecture

Image: Nathaniel Mellors, The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview 2013/2014, 23 min., 35mm film trans. to HD video (still). Image courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery, London; Monitor, Rome and Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam.

  MUMA, in association with Monash Art Design and Architecture [MADA], present a keynote lecture by LA-based, British artist Nathaniel Mellors.The lecture will be introduced by Associate Professor Kit Wise, Associate Dean (Education), MADA, Monash University and followed by a discussion with the artist convened by Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria.Nathaniel Mellors makes irreverent, humourous and absurd filmic works, sculptures, performances and critical writings that challenge our notions of taste, morality, and intelligence. His seminal series Ourhouse (2010- ongoing) is a six part film project (written and directed…

Seminar | A New Document for Ghiberti at Santa Maria Novella in Florence | Hugh Hudson

A New Document for Ghiberti at Santa Maria Novella in Florence: The Confraternity of St Peter Martyr between Convent and Commune | Dr Hugh Hudson, University of Melbourne An unpublished reference in a book of the Confraternity of St Peter Martyr in the Archivio di Stato di Firenze shows that Lorenzo Ghiberti was among a group of 27 Florentine citizens who met in early 1414, of whom four were elected captains for the year. This raises a number of questions about confraternal practices in early Renaissance Florence. Did one have…

Exhibition | Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier | Centre for Contemporary Photography

Vivian Maier New York City, September 10, 1955, Gelatin silver print, 30.5 x 30.5cm, Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection, courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Vivian Maier | Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier Dates: 3rd October—26 October 2014 at CCP Australia, 404 George Street Fitzroy Artists: Cherine Fahd, Vivian Maier, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Debra Phillips, Patrick Pound, Clare Rae, Simone Slee, David Wadelton and Kellie Wells. Curated by Naomi Cass, Louise Neri and Karra Rees. During her lifetime, Vivian Maier (1926—2009) produced more than 100,000 photographic images, which remained largely undiscovered until after her death. CCP celebrates this reluctant artist’s timely relevance, juxtaposing her work with contemporary Australian photography, performance and video. Maier’s prolific body of…

Lecture | A Thin Red Line: The Presence of Prehistoric Pictoriality | Whitney Davis

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The lecture addresses 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 picture? What is…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Callum Reid, ‘Semper rectus, semper idem: The Uffizi Self Portrait Collection’

Francesco Marchissi, ‘Sala dei Pittori’ (detail), c. 1760. Vienna, Nationalbibliothek

The Uffizi collection of artists’ self-portraits, the majority of which is today secreted away in the Vasari Corridor, is the product of several important events in the history of collecting by the Grand Ducal families in Florence. This paper will discuss the various approaches to the acquisition and display of self-portraits across the Medici and Lorraine Grand-Duchies, their changing locations and their significance to the evolution of the broader gallery. First collected throughout the seventeent century and brought to the Uffizi around the turn of the eighteenth century, in many…