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Symposium | Degas: A New Vision | NGV International

Edgar Degas , Rehearsal hall at the Opéra, rue Le Peletier (Le foyer de la danse à l'Opéra de la rue Le Peletier) 1872, oil on canvas, 32.7 x 46.3 cm, Lemoisne 298
Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 1977) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

As part of the the NGV’s winter exhibition on Edgar Degas the gallery is hosting a symposium with international experts on the artist. From his paintings of ballerinas to the social world of Parisian nightlife, Degas’ works demonstrate great technical, conceptual and expressive skill and reveal his openness to experiment with a range of mediums. Date: 2-5pm, Friday 24th June 2016 Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International Bookings required – book online here. Tickets $35 A / $28 M / $30 C (includes light refreshment) Speakers Henri Loyrette, Exhibition Curator Henri Loyrette is a French arts administrator and historian who served as director of the Louvre Museum in Paris from 2001 to 2013 and is now president of Admical, a nonprofit organization involved in…

Free lunchtime public lecture | Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley | Holmesglen

X Shield, 2013 © Janet Burchill, Jennifer McCamley.
Reproduced courtesy the artists and Neon Parc, Melbourne

Holmesglen acquired Burchill and McCamley’s X Shield in 2013. Part of a series completed after the artists first encountered the Papua New Guinea shields held in the Oceania Collection at the National Gallery of Victoria, X Shield was included in the Heide exhibition, Future Primitive in the same year. The artists have been working both individually and collaboratively since the mid-1980s. Their practice embraces a wide variety of media including photography, film, drawing, sculpture and painting. Throughout their combined career, Burchill and McCamley have critically engaged with the history and forms of modernist art and its relationship to everyday life, as reconsidered through feminist, psychoanalytic, filmic and spatial discourses. Collaboration has been an important aspect of their practice. The artists will discuss the trajectory of their work over the last 20…

Forum | The aftermath of environmental and human intervention | University of Melbourne

Susan Norrie, aftermath 2016, Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia, video still, Courtesy of the artist

Speakers: Susan Norrie, Exhibiting Artist, Susan Norrie, Field Work 2006 – 2016; University of Melbourne Academics Associate Professor Mark Quigley, School of Earth Sciences and Dr Lisa Palmer, School of Geography. Convenor: Associate Professor Peter Christoff, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne Join the Ian Potter Museum of Art for a multidisciplinary event where art, earth sciences, geology, politics and policy collide. In response to artist Susan Norrie’s latest video work aftermath (2016) in which she documents the LUSI mud volcano’s decade long eruption in Indonesia, this forum will investigate environmental disasters and disaster prevention, management and mitigation. Norrie will be joined by Dr Lisa Palmer, Geography, The University of Melbourne who will discuss the challenges of combining customary and…

Writing and concepts | Lecture 11 Maura Edmond | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

Maura Edmond Maura Edmond is an academic, a writer and an amateur gardener. Her writing on art and culture has been published in New Media and Society, Television and New Media, Art and Australia, Un, Eyeline, Artlink and elsewhere. In 2012 and 2013 she was section editor and lead writer for the Arts and Museum pages of Melbourne’s Time Out magazine. Since 2013 she has run Primer <> a website and e-newsletter profiling Melbourne artists and exhibitions. Maura was awarded her PhD from Melbourne University’s School of Culture and Communication and is currently a Research Fellow in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. Her research examines the history of screen and media art, with a particular…

Panel Discussion | Borders, Barriers, Walls | MUMA

Image: Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan Closed to the Public (protecting space) 2016 performance, Freiburg, Germany Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Borders, Barriers, Walls To coincide with MUMA’s exhibition Borders, Barriers, Walls curated by Francis E. Parker, this panel discussion will address some of the exhibition’s key themes and concerns. Panelists include: Associate Professor Leanne Weber, co-director of the Border Crossing Observatory, and participating artists Catherine Ryan and Amy Spiers. The panel discussion will be convened byFrancis E. Parker, MUMA – Curator Exhibitions. Borders, barriers and walls delineate this group exhibition of Australian and international artists. It reflects on how these contested and complex forms shape the world, producing situations of separation, isolation or thwarted passage across the globe. Whether they be physical constructions, psychological constructs or natural defences, the exhibition considers the forces by which these divides are either upheld…

Short Course with Frank Sear | The Glory that was Greece | University of Melbourne

parthenon sculptuers

Short Course: The Glory that was Greece – Greek Art and Architecture This six week course traces the development of Greek art from its beginnings in the Dark Ages to the Classical perfection of the 5th century BC. It also looks at how Greek art changed in the 4th century BC and the radical transformations which occurred as a result of the conquests of Alexander the Great, which extended the Greek world over the whole eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Each session includes two 50-minute evening lectures with Q&A and a break with light refreshments. Course handouts and further reading material will be available throughout the duration of the course. Presenter: A world-renowned architectural historian and former Chair of Classics at the University of Melbourne,…

WRITING & CONCEPTS | Lecture 10 Lisa Radford | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

Lisa Radford LISA RADFORD completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts in 1999 and is a current PhD Candidate at Monash University. From 2011-2014 she was a member of un Magazine’s Editorial Committee and Next Wave’s Kickstart Advisory Board. She has also served as a Board Member of Melbourne artist-run initiative TCB art inc (2000-2014) and was a participant in the collaborative art group DAMP (1999- 2010). She currently lectures in the Painting Department at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1998. Recent selected exhibitions include: Approx. Geez Louise, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2015; The Museum is the Region, the Region is the Museum, curated by Dany Lacy, Liang…

Performance | A song of Two Eyeballs presented by Michelle Usher | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Michelle Ussher, Costume for Ugo 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Station Gallery, Melbourne

Composed by Huw Hallam, Libretto by Michelle Ussher Performed by Darcy Carroll and Zachary McCulloch Based on a short story by artist Michelle Ussher, this ten minute opera is a surreal, psychological romance between two eyeballs, performed by two singers who embody the psyche of Ussher’s porcelain sculptures Camilla, 2014, and Ugo, 2014. Date: Mothers’ Day, Sunday 8 May, 2pm & 3pm Venue: Heide III: Central Galleries, Heide Museum of Modern Art, FREE with admission to Heide. Website:

Eugene Y. Wang lecture at Melbourne Uni|A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond?

Tianjin Railway Station. Ceiling of entrance hall. via wikimedia 秦征 Qin Zheng, 王玉琦 Wang Yuqi, 吴恩海 Wu Enhai, 马园 Ma Yuan, 王小杰 Wang Xiaojie, 高冬人 Gao Dongren (天津美术学院 Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Tianjin)

A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? Professor Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University This lecture is also being presented in Sydney, see this post for more information. This lecture, by renowned scholar of Asian Art, Eugene Wang, will consider the coming together of Western artistic traditions and traditional Chinese culture and legend. As Professor Wang explains in the introduction to his presentation: The daughter of a prehistorical sage-king, so an ancient Chinese tale goes, is accidentally drowned in the Eastern Sea. Her afterlife spirit turns into a vengeful bird with a mission. She picks up—one at a time—a piece of wood or rock from the…

Lecture | Emily Pethick – The Artist As…Collaborator | West Space

Photo of Emily Pethick

West Space in association with the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Brisbane and Curatorial Practice at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) are pleased to present a special lecture by Emily Pethick. Pethick’s lecture is part of The Artist As… a year-long lecture series co-presented by the IMA and Curatorial Practice at MADA. Emily Pethick will speak about the artist as collaborator through examples from The Showroom, a non-profit independent contemporary art space in London. She will discuss some of the artists’ projects produced that have involved diverse forms of participation, as well as in relation to how the organisation works with artists through co-production. The series examines the ways artists move through the world, and how that movement might…

Symposium | Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation | VCA

ian burn symposium

A symposium presented by Art & Australia at VCA |Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation This symposium explores and speculates upon the work and legacy of Australian conceptual artist Ian Burn (1939–1993). After graduating from the National Gallery of Art School (now the VCA School of Art), Burn spent much of his career working in the avant-garde scenes of London and New York. He was a key member of Art & Language, a collaborative group who produced the ground-breaking publication  Art–Language and included artists Roger Cutforth, Joseph Kosuth and Mel Ramsden. Returning to Australia in 1977, Burn became involved in the Art Workers Union (AWU), a political and social platform that championed artists’ rights and helped change the landscape and…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 9 Phip Murray | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

Phip Murray Phip Murray is an independent writer and curator and History/Theory Coordinator for RMIT’s Interior Design program in the School of Architecture + Design. Previous roles include Director of West Space (2008-12) and Visual Arts/New Media Associate Producer for the Next Wave Festival (2006). Phip writes often about art, including catalogue texts, artist profiles and other art criticism. She also writes frequently for the National Gallery of Victoria including the books: Frederick McCubbin: The North wind (2015), a book exploring new research into one of McCubbin’s most iconic but mysterious history paintings; Loti Smorgon: A Life With Art (2015), a profile of the art collector, philanthropist and great advocate for Australian contemporary art; and The NGV Story (2011), a…

Lecture | Marco Polo’s Tomatoes, or on Cross-Cultural Exchange in Early European Art | Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair in Fine Arts

Marco Polo with a caravan. Illustration from the 'Catalan Atlas'. Ar. 1375. Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Marco Polo’s Tomatoes, or on Cross-Cultural Exchange in Early European Art A lecture by Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair in Fine Arts In the last decades, the question of cross-cultural contact and exchange has emerged as a major field of research in Art History and the humanities in general. This work is driven by the need to understand the early history of our own global moment, but it is also part of a larger and more ambitious project: the attempt to write a global history of art, one that does not privilege Western production at the expense of other cultures. The importance of the project is clear, but there are many competing, and conflicting, ideas about how such a history should…

Workshops in Reflectance Transformation Imaging in Melbourne and Perth

RTI Workshop Perth

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials with generous support from the Gordon Darling Foundation and from the ADFAS Patricia Robertson Scholarship Fund, is presenting two four-day Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) Workshops. These workshops, led by experts from Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) in San Francisco, will take place at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne from 28 June to 1 July and at the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia from the 5 to 8 July 2016. RTI is a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and color and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. RTI also permits the mathematical enhancement of the subject’s…

Lecture | A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age – Giorgio Riello | NGV International


A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age, 1500-1800 | Robert Wilson Annual Lecture 2016 | Professor Giorgio Riello, Director of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and Professor of History at Warwick University We are often told that we live in an age of globalization, one of growing homogenization of consumption, increasing communication and cultural and economic integration. Yet the study of material culture suggests that today’s global connectedness is not new. The early modern period (c. 1500-1800) can be seen as the ‘first global age’ as contact between different parts of the world intensified. Explore the artefacts of the first global age and the role of material culture in creating global connectivity with prize-winning…