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Lecture | Conservation of cultural heritage, Henan Province, China – Chen Jiachang and Lan Wanli | University of Melbourne

Diseased archaeological site

Disease types and the conservation status of archaeological site museums | Professor CHEN Jiachang,  Director,  Henan Provincial Conservation Centre for Cultural Relics, Henan, China This lecture will introduce types of disease and the current conservation status of archaeological earthen sites in Henan province. It will discuss current approaches to conservation as well as proposed improvements to treatment methods. Professor CHEN was elected Fellow of the China Association for Preservation Technology of Cultural Relics (CAPTCR) in 2012. Professor CHEN has overseen numerous conservation projects including the in situ preservation of large scale earthen relics; the exploration of new methods and materials for shape recovery of collapsed, archaeological wood ware and the preservation of metal relics. Conservation of cultural relics and tombs…

Forum | Art of a Nation – Hermitage Exhibition | NGV International

Alexander Roslin
Swedish 1718–1793
Portrait of Catherine II 1776–77
oil on canvas
271.0 x 189.5 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Acquired, 1918 (Inv. № ГЭ-1316)

Catherine and her art collection played a vital role defining Russian nationhood in a time of drastic social, political and cultural changes. Even now, the State Hermitage Museum’s exquisite collection and iconic architecture is linked to understandings of Russian identity. Join visiting international and Australian specialists as they explore the relationship between art collections, the buildings that house them, nationhood and cultural identity. Speakers Senior Curator Maria Menshikova, Department of Oriental Art and Culture of the State Hermitage Museum Assistant Professor Tijana Vujosevic, University of Western Australia; and Professor Professor Jennifer Milam, University of Sydney. Date: Saturday 1st August, 2–5pm Venue: NGV International, Ground level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Tickets: $30 academic, student and concession / $35 Adult / $28 NGV…

Artist Talk | Julie Rrap – Remaking the World | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Julie Rrap will talk about her new exhibition Remaking the World. this Friday 31st July, 1 – 1.30pm, at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. All welcome. Free talk. About the Exhibition Julie Rrap has been working across painting, photography, sculpture and video since the 1970s. Her art often focuses on the naked human form and examines the ways in which the human body is perceived and represented in the history of Western art. Her work uses humour and a sense of irony to encourage the viewer’s to engage with themes such as gender, fetish, sexuality and death. Julie Rrap: Remaking the World at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, examines the creative process…

Lecture | The Artist as Collector: Sir Joshua Reynolds and his Collection of Art | Donato Esposito

Self-portrait of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., ca. 1780
Oil on panel, 1270 X 1016 mm. Given by Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., 1780 . Royal Academy of Arts.

Dr Donato Esposito will present a lecture on Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), the first and most famous President of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, focussing upon his activities as a collector of art. Dr Donato Esposito was a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London (1999-2004). He co-curated the exhibition “Sir Joshua Reynolds: the acquisition of genius” at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery in 2009. He was recently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He is currently working on a monograph on Reynolds as an art collector. Date: Wednesday 29th July, 6:30pm Venue: theatre D, Old Arts Building, University of…

Event | Flinders Lane Artwalk for NiteArt 2015

Philip Wolfhagen, Landscape Reinvention no. 29 (2015), oil on board, 46 x 49 cm, courtesy Karen Woodbury Gallery

As part of Nite Art 2015 exhibition spaces along Flinders Lane will be open from 6pm until late. Eight venues on Flinders Lane will show photography, video, paintings and site-responsive installations. At Flinders Lane Gallery Jon Eiseman and Josh Robbins will be working on new pieces in the gallery space, and Melinda Schawel will guide visitors through creating their own paper-based art. Karen Woodbury Gallery will have an exhibition by Philip Wolfhagen called Other Worlds, a new collection of landscape works that are inspired by the artist’s experiences in Tasmania’s Skullbones Plains. Blindside ARI (in the Nicholson Building) and the Chin Chin Wall of Art will show video art. Blindside’s Screen Series is curated by Xanthe Dobbie and Anabelle Lacroix…

Exhibitions | Kate Newby, Sean Peoples, Ishmael Marika | Gertrude Contemporary

Kate Newby

New exhibitions opening at Gertrude Contemporary this Friday 17th July. Exhibition opening: Friday 17 July 2015, 6–8pm Exhibition dates: 17 July–29 August 2015 Main galleries: Kate Newby, Always humming Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present a new, major exhibition by New Zealand artist Kate Newby, featuring a newly commissioned collaboration with composer Samuel Holloway. Titled Always humming, the exhibition takes over both downstairs galleries and extends to the rooflines of buildings on Gertrude Street, and into its back alleyways, creating a fluid relation between indoors and outdoors. Always humming is an exercise in creating an atmospheric experience rather than a series of discrete objects. Its force is anti-climactic, continuous, infectious; what Jennifer Kabat has described as ‘radically slight.’ In contrast…

Lecture | Philip Brophy Voiding Effects & Terrorised Language: Video and the Unreality of ISIS (Part 2) | West Space

Brophy

Part 2 of Brophy’s Discipline lecture at the Wheeler Centre, ‘Terror Vision: Video and the Unreality of ISIS’ by Philip Brophy, will take place at West Space this Thursday 16 July, from 6–8pm. This is an opportunity to hear the rest of Philip’s lecture, and for discussion. The clutch of late 2013/early 2014 ISIS videos have been near-unanimously accepted as being real—mostly out of fear that they might be real. Yet the videos employ multi-camera set-ups, pixel-tracking, void-compositing, particle effects and diffusion plug-ins which are utilised in Hollywood, television advertising and video art production—all of whom ape cinematic effects for various purposes. The contemporary dilemma is not whether one believes the videos to be real or unreal, but how one distinguishes…

Exhibition | Screen Series: Displaced Agency | BLINDSIDE

Pip Ryan, Happy Orang, 2015. Photography Matthew Stanton

For it’s fifth edition, BLINDSIDE’s annual project SCREEN SERIES features work by Italian artist Anna Franceschini, Australian artists Nathan Ceddia, Pip Ryan and Ryan Wilson, and Indonesian arts collective Tromarama. Curated by Anabelle Lacroix and Xanthe Dobbie, DISPLACED AGENCY will focus on the potential of the object. Demonstration is often central to the moving image, especially in the context of an exchange of information – whether tangible (educational, physical) or intangible (experiential, philosophical). What happens when figures are removed and objects enliven as props given agency? Can the performative act be delegated? Objects in situations with other objects create tensions. Can the object exist independently from the subject? And if so, is it an object at all? Who or what…

Lecture | Monuments of Remembrance – Bronwyn Hughes | NGV Australia

Mornington War Memorial 1925, bronze medallion created in 1918 by Dora Ohlfsen (1867-1948),

photographed by Bronwyn Hughes, 2015. Background is of the Somme Valley near Peronne, photographed by Bronwyn Hughes, 2003.

Duldig Studio, in association with the National Gallery of Victoria, is proud to present the 2015 Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Monuments of Remembrance by Dr Bronwyn Hughes, art historian and heritage consultant. The Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture was established to commemorate the life and work of the internationally recognised sculptor Karl Duldig and his wife, the artist and inventor, Slawa Duldig (née Horowitz). In this Monuments of Remembrance lecture, Dr Bronwyn Hughes will examine the impetus and values that underpinned the First World War commemoration movement through war monuments of national importance to the seemingly insignificant local memorial. It will  explore how Australian expectations, economies and aesthetics changed in the 1920s and 1930s post-War society and compare commemorations…

Lecture | The Smithsonian Institution’s Provenance Research Initiative – Jane Milosch

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This lecture will give an overview of the Smithsonian Institution’s Provenance Research Initiative. As a leader within the area of provenance research and theory Milosch is an unparalleled example to curators and the wider museum sector. Provenance research provides a powerful lens through which to look at and learn about art, the history of collecting, and museums. The Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative (SPRI) aims to expand its focus beyond the WWII era, to assist with current provenance issues, and to explore the implications of provenance research for art history and connoisseurship. We anchor the museum in its core missions: stewardship, education, and appreciation of all cultures. Jane Milosch was also Fulbright Scholar in Munich, Germany, where she has studied and…

Boiler Room Lecture | Raqs Media Collective

Image: Raqs Media Collective Coronation Park 2015
La Biennale di Venezia - 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy

MUMA in partnership with AsialinkArts and IMA are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by Raqs Media Collective members Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The lecture will be convened by Natalie King, Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts/Senior Curator MPavilion. Date: Tuesday 7 July 2015, 6.00-7.30pm Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE event but bookings essential: muma.rsvp@monash.edu or ph. 03 9905 4365 The Raqs Media Collective enjoys playing a plurality of roles; often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They make contemporary art and films, curated exhibitions, edited books, staged events, collaborated with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors and have founded processes…

Conference | ST Gill and the colonial world conference | State Library of Victoria

Coach parties turning into Bourke Street from Elizabeth Street, ST Gill, 1867

In this free conference, curators and art historians discuss the art, life and times of the nineteenth-century Australian artist ST Gill, whose work is showcased in the Australian sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of ST Gill exhibition (17 July to 25 October 2015). The conference will feature papers and discussions presented by Professor Sasha Grishin, art historian and curator of Australian sketchbook; David Hansen, Associate Professor, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, Australian National University; Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Australia; Angus Trumble, Director, National Portrait Gallery; Daniel Thomas, art historian and curator; Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, National Gallery of Victoria; Alisa Bunbury, Curator, National Gallery of Victoria; Associate Professor Alison Inglis, University of Melbourne;…

Symposium | Medieval Moderns – The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood | NGV International

Edward Robert Hughes, 'The princess out of school', (c. 1901) 
gouache and watercolour with some scratching out
(52.0 x 95.3 cm) (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1901
103-2

The National Gallery of Victoria has an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite art (ranging from paintings and drawings to textiles and stained glass) – as is demonstrated by the current exhibition, Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In conjunction with this exciting exhibition, various academics, curators and specialists will come together in a symposium to discuss the British Pre-Raphealite movement and its significance in Australia. The symposium will include a keynote lecture by visiting scholar Dr Barbara Bryant on Australia’s Pre-Raphaelite Collections: the People behind the Portraits. Full details here. Beginning with a guided tour of the exhibition Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with curator Laurie Benson on the Friday morning, the program includes six sessions of speakers over two days. A detailed program available…

Lecture | Barbara Bryant – Australia’s Pre-Raphaelite Collections: the People behind the Portraits | NGV International

Figure 5. Edward Burne-Jones, The Wheel of Fortune, 1871-1885. Oil on canvas, 151.4 x 72.5 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (381-2).

The idea of portraiture in Pre-Raphaelite art encompassed a new and exciting range of possibilities. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painted portraits with a stark realism that was unlike anything seen before. The meaning of the formal portrait mutated into a more direct vision of a real person, while subject paintings gained new meanings as artists cast friends and family in new roles. Dr Barbara Bryant is an art historian and writer who specialises in the work of artists in nineteenth-century Britain. In this special lecture, Dr Bryant looks at the real individuals in the extended Pre-Raphaelite circles to explore their impact on the artistic practice of D.G. Rossetti, F.M Brown, J.E. Millais, E. Burne-Jones and G.F. Watts in the 1850s and…

Tracey Moffat Talk at CCP

Image: Tracey Moffatt
Art Calls: Episode One 2014 (video still)
HD video: 28 min 0 sec, black and white and colour, stereo sound 
dimensions variable
courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney  image courtesy of Mulesfilm

“I would rather talk to another artist about their art practice than discuss my own work”, Tracey Moffatt said in a recent interview published in the Spirited catalogue for the Queensland Art Gallery. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear directly from Tracey Moffatt, one of Australia’s best known and most influential contemporary artists. In conjunction with her exhibition at CCP, Moffatt will give an exclusive public talk at the gallery. Join us for an evening of information sharing and discussion around Moffatt’s enduring and wide reaching practice. As an artist within the VCE syllabus in 2015, this is a valuable opportunity for educators to hear, first hand from Moffat. Date: Tuesday 7 July, 6pm—7.30pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street,…