Category: Melbourne Events

Art and Art History related events in Melbourne. We welcome submissions in this category. If you are organising or know of an event that would be of interest to our readers please see ‘Contact Us’ for detail on how to submit an item.

Exhibition | water + wisdom Australia India | RMIT Gallery

Exhibition Dates: 1st December 2017 – 10th March 2018 Opening night: Thursday 30th November, 6 – 8 pm. Drawing on extensive research by experts from India and Australia, water + wisdom Australia India presents a poetic dimension on ancient wisdom regarding water management in both continents, as seen through the work of visual artists, creative writers and researchers who have incorporated these issues into their work. Artists including Ravi Agarwal, Sandra Aitken, Clare Arni, Badger Bates, Lado Bai, Atul Bhalla, Paddy Bedford, Vicki Couzens, Hannah Donnelly, Vibha Galhotra, Bhavani G.S, Connie Hart, Victoria Lautman, Rebecca Mayo, Djambawa Marawilli, Wanyubi Marika, Jennifer Mullett, Lorna Fencer Napurrurla, Glenda Nicholls, Justine Philip, Parthiv Shah, Jangarh Singh Shyam, Cop Shiva, K.R. Sunil, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi, Hanna Tuulikki, Carmel Wallace, Judy Watson, Asim Waqif, Liyawaday Wirrapanda. Public program Friday 1st December 12.30 -1.30 pm Hanna…

Talk | Margaret Wertheim | Victoria University

Margaret Wertheim will give a talk as part of the Public Pedagogies Conference at Victoria University Footscray on Thursday 23rd November. See the eventbrite page for bookings and more information Margaret Wertheim is an internationally noted writer, artist and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape. The author of six books including “The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace,” a history of space from Dante to the Internet, and “Physics on the Fringe,” she has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Aeon and many others. With her twin sister Christine she founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based practice devoted to the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics. (theiff.org.) Through the IFF, she has created exhibitions for the Hayward Gallery (London), Science Gallery (Dublin), MASS MoCA (MA), and Art Center…

Melbourne Masterclass – ‘Paris is the World’

Melbourne Masterclass: “Paris is the World”- The history of Old Regime and revolutionary Paris (17th and 18th centuries) | 9-12 January 2018 | The University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria ‘Paris is the world’ wrote Marivaux in 1734. “The rest of the earth is merely its suburbs.” His soaring elegy to the French capital captured the city’s central place in the imagination of the Enlightenment. This masterclass will examine how Paris became synonymous with gleaming architectural wonders, harmonious facades, and numerous public squares, in the context of France’s social, political, and cultural upheavals during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Beginning with Henri IV’s and Louis le Grand’s search for urban grandeur, Paris was transformed by and for its elites into a new Rome. At the same time, a Paris of the people, particularly in the overcrowded ghettos of the…

Symposium | The Transit Lounge of Photography and Magic Lantern Performance | CCP Fitzroy

A symposium on the ever-changing states of photography from the invention of the medium to the digital present. From the magic lantern to Instagram and ‘connected photography’ this symposium unpacks a little history of the transmission of images. The Transit Lounge of Photography examines where the medium of record has been and asks: how is it travelling. The Transit Lounge of Photography is all about making connections with photographic images and reading their vapor trails, presenting a series of projections on images and ideas in the share-house of photography. Join us for an afternoon looking through photographs and at photography ending in a live magic lantern show in the evening. Coordinated by Patrick Pound (Deakin Motion Lab Centre for Creative Arts Research) and the CCP. Presented by Deakin Motion Lab Centre for Creative Arts Research Saturday 21 October, 3pm–7:30pm Bookings required,…

Lecture | James Elkins – Limits of the Criticism of Writing in the Humanities | University of Melbourne

Ever since new criticism, literary study has been developing ideas of close reading. Since the inception of poststructuralism there has been wide acknowledgment of the constructed nature of the text. In the last 15 years there have been even more models for understanding texts, including ‘distance reading’ and ‘surface reading’. Given that amazing richness of interpretive possibilities, it is strange that the humanities continue to teach writing on a rudimentary level, stressing clarity, concision, and organisation – basic pedagogy that was already out of date 100 years ago. This talk is an informal survey of the absence of the tools of literary theory and rhetoric in fields such as sociology, anthropology and art history, with special reference to examples such as Rosalind Krauss, Alex Nemerov, T.J. Clark, Stephen Greenblatt, Steven Pinker and Saul Kripke. James Elkins’ lecture is coordinated in…

Free Public Lecture | Design Sensibility: Viennese émigrés in Australia | Harriet Edquist

 Annual Duldig Lecture for 2017 | Wednesday 18th October 2017 Design Sensibility: Viennese émigrés in Australia Professor Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History, RMIT University   Situated between international modernism on the one hand and local debates about “Australian” architecture and design propounded by Robin Boyd and others on the other, Viennese designers negotiated the values of domestic design they had absorbed in the cities of Europe within a fast-changing postwar Australian environment. In this lecture Harriet Edquist will show how personal histories of émigré and refugee Viennese designers throw into question Australian design history’s often limited definition of design as a purely modernist professional practice beholden to a national agenda. It will argue that on the contrary, geographical and cultural boundaries are fluid, that learning never stops, that memory was often central to the émigré expression of “home” and…

Creative Women in Conversation | Kate Rohde and Leah Justin | Duldig Studio

Creative Women in Conversation. Join Kate Rohde and Leah Justin in discussion. Find out what it’s really like to be a woman in the art and design fields in Australia today!   This discussion wll take place at the Duldig Studio in October, the second in an eight part series of discussions between women in the arts and business, inspired by Duldig Studio’s  current exhibition SLAWA modernist art and design. This month: SCULPTURE with installation artist, sculptor, mixed media artist and painter Kate Rohde and Leah Justin, co-founder of JAHM – Justin House Museum and a passionate collector of contemporary art. Date: Saturday 14 October from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. Venue: Duldig Studio – an artists’ house museum and gallery, 92 Bourke Road Malvern East For more information www.duldig.org.au and book via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/creative-women-in-conversation-2-tickets-37380096876 Download the flyer for the full series here (pdf)

Panel Discussion | The art and imagery of Rene Magritte – Tuesday 10th October | St Kilda

A Panel Discussion: The art and imagery of Rene Magritte Tuesday 10 October, 6:30pm-8pm Alliance Francaise, Eildon Gallery, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda A Panel of art experts will discuss the work of the Belgian artist, René Magritte and how he came to influence contemporary art, film, culture, advertising and imagery. Questions regarding Magritte’s aims, imagery, aesthetics, skill, sources, techniques, meanings and methods will be addressed. This discussion coincides with the staging of the world-first exhibition René Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films at Latrobe Regional Gallery, which provides a stunning insight into the life, work and thinking of René Magritte, one of the world’s most important 20th Century artists. Audience participation is most welcome. RSVP HERE The panellists include: Dr Pierre Van Osselaer, Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium in Melbourne; Dr Ken Wach, Associate Professor,…

Rae Alexander Lecture 2017 | Dr Richard Haese on the landmark exhibition The Field at the National Gallery of Victoria

James Doolin, United States 1932–2002, lived in Australia 1965–67, Artificial landscape 67/5, 1967, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with funds provided by the National Gallery Society of Victoria, Governor, 1985 (AC11-1985)

This year’s 20th annual La Trobe University Art History Alumni Rae Alexander Lecture will be presented by leading art historian Dr Richard Haese. He will explore the landmark exhibition, The Field on the 50th anniversary of this remarkable showcase. The Field is regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge paintings and sculptures. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks. The Field Revisited will be on exhibition at the NGV in May 2018. Dr RICHARD HAESE is an art historian and is currently…

Boiler Room Lecture: Kitty Scott – Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? | SLV

Boiler Room Lecture: Kitty Scott – Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017, 6.00–7.30pm Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE. Book here This lecture will be AUSLAN interpreted and is wheelchair accessible. Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA in association with the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane is pleased to present a special lecture by visiting international curator Kitty Scott, Co-curator of the Liverpool Biennial 2018. The lecture will be convened by Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice, Monash University. Kitty Scott will introduce the artistic concept and rationale behind the 10th edition of the Liverpool Biennial. Beautiful world, where are you? (14 July – 28 October 2018) is an exhibition that invites artists and audiences to reflect on…

Performance | Remedy 2017 | VCA

Eminent Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) alumnus and former staff member Jon Campbell has curated two programs of performance by alumna, staff and current students. For over 15 years, Campbell’s Remedy programs encouraged VCA students to explore artistic expression beyond studio practice to include music, spoken word and performance art. Performers: Sean Peoples Mia Schoen red debris (Rachel Button & Skye Baker) PAMELA (Georgina Glanville, Minna Gilligan, Jon Campbell) Ariane Jaccarini & Benjamin Baker Kim Donaldson Naoise Halloran-Mackay Cinnamon Dynamo (Noriko Nakamura) Painting Choir The Band Presents Date: 6-7pm, Thursday 21 Sep, 2017 Venue: Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank Registrations here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/remedy-tickets-37442812460

Writing & Concepts | Fayen d’Evie presents Tactile Poetics and Embodied Reading

Fayen d’Eviepresents: “Tactile Poetics and Embodied Reading” Sat 23 September 3:00pm at C3 Contemporary Art Space 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067 Facebook event – website FAYEN D’EVIE is an artist and writer whose practice engages with installation, performance, conversation, publishing and writing. Her work is increasingly interested in shifting the focus of exhibition making from prioritising the sense of sight, to more embodied encounters. Often collaborative, her work operates in the space of shared production and active, participative audience reception. Fayen’s work includes performative scores for tactile encounters with artworks, responsive installations that treat artworks as choreographic objects, and archiving of ephemeral and/or neglected practices. Recent exhibitions include ee//hm, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, 2016; Beyond Exhausted, Physics Room, Christchurch, 2016; […] {…} […] handovers + translations, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne 2016; Human Commonalities, V.A.C. and the State Museum…

Talk | Anne Dunlop – Italy, the Mongol Empire, and Cangrande’s Silk Suit | University of Melbourne

Early Modern Circle 18 September – Professor Anne Dunlop, University of Melbourne Italy, the Mongol Empire, and Cangrande’s Silk Suit Monday 18 September at 6:15 pm in the North Theatre, Room 239 Old Arts, University of Melbourne. Abstract: When the tomb of the medieval ruler of Verona, Cangrande della Scala (ob. 1329), was opened in 1921, it was discovered that he had been buried in a hastily assembled outfit made from local and imported silks. His hat, cape, gown, and hose survived, more or less intact, along with fragments of other textiles. The major fabrics were from Central Asia, a testament to the international trade in textiles, from China to Northern Europe, in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, after the rise in the Mongol Empire. Yet despite intensive study, there are still disputes about where Cangrande’s silks were manufactured and how common…

Symposium | The Turbulent Thirties | NGV

In a series of illustrated presentations, curators and historians speak on a chosen artwork from Brave New World: Australia 1930s, concluding with a walk through of the exhibition hosted by co-curators Dr Isobel Crombie and Elena Taylor. SPEAKERS Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, NGV on Max Dupain’s Sunbaker (1938) Prof Rachel Fensham, Professor of Dance and Theatre, University of Melbourne on Andre’s Sonia Revid posing against a wall (1934) Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Sydney Living Museums on Grace Cossington Smith’s The Bridge in-curve (1930) Myles Russell-Cook, Curator, Indigenous Art, NGV on Percy Leason’s Thomas Foster (1934) Elena Taylor, Curator of Art, University of New South Wales on Danila Vassilieff’s Street scene with graffiti (1938) Date: SAT 16 SEP, 10AM–1.30PM Venue: NGV Australia $28 M / $35 A / $32 C, includes exhibition admission More information and bookings via the NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/the-turbulent-thirties/

Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy

Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy Thursdays, 5, 12, 19 & 26 October and 2 November, 2017, 6.15pm-8.15pm ‘All our knowledge begins with the senses…’ (Immanuel Kant). The Faculty of Arts brings together scholars working in the field of Italian studies to present this series of evening lectures exploring the notion of ‘what is Italian’, through an historical journey of the five senses: scent, sight, sound, taste, and touch. Held over five consecutive weeks this program brings to life aspects of Italian culture, history, art, film, literature, music, and food of significant moments throughout Italian history. Learn about the history of perfumes and engage in an interactive session sampling and receiving perfumes from Aquaflor, a Florentine perfume house presented by international olfactory specialist Dr Antonio Artese from Italy. Uncover the hidden identity of one of our beloved Iocal Italian paintings with…