Category: Melbourne Events

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Exhibition | Louis Kahan: Art, Theatre and Fashion | Town Hall Gallery

Louis Kahan Still Life on Palette II, 1994 Oil on canvas on marine ply 70.5 x 91.5 cm © Courtesy of Louis Kahan/Licensed by Viscopy 2016.

A new exhibition opens this weekend at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn. This exhibition explores the work of Australian-based artist Louis Kahan. Kahan is well known for his work as a portrait artist and painter, however, this exhibition will focus on his work as a fashion illustrator and theatre designer. The exhibition tells the little-known story of his work with the great fashion houses and celebrities in early twentieth-century Europe. The exhibition has been curated by Laura Jocic, (previously a curator in the department of Australian Fashion and Textiles at the NGV) with assistance from Kahan’s family, who are now based in the…

Rose Nolan, Jon Campbell and Vernon Ah Kee among finalists in the R & M McGivern Prize

Jon Campbell On For Young & Old 2016 enamel paint, cottonduck 150x150cm Courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery

  Twenty-seven finalists are in the running for the prestigious $25,000 R & M McGivern Prize for 2016, the winner of which will be announced at the finalists’ exhibition launch, at 6pm on Friday 16 September at ArtSpace, Realm. The R & M McGivern Prize is awarded every three years for an outstanding artwork in oil, gouache, acrylic or watercolour. This year’s theme of “text” attracted entries from more than 200 emerging, mid-career and established artists from across Australia. The shortlist draws together artists working with text – or the idea of text – from a variety of perspective. Texta Queen’s work (below)…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 17 Helen Grogan | RMIT Design Hub

HELEN GROGAN’s practise is informed by studies in philosophy and choreography, it operates critically and dynamically with exhibition formats and institutional conditions. She uses sculptural, photographic, and choreographic means to approach spatial and temporal experience as material. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Art Gallery of New South Wales; 20th Biennale of Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria International; Gertrude Contemporary; 2nd Tbilisi Triennial; Liquid Architecture; Alaska Projects; Gertrude Glasshouse; Slopes; West Space; Rijksakademie; Stockholm Kulturhuset; Kontext Festival Berlin; VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery; C3; La Macedora, amongst others. “Grogan’s practice is a continuous…

Duldig Sculpture Lecture | Sculpture and the Museum: From Fortunate Son to Runaway Child – Christopher Marshall | University of Melbourne

Image: Interior view, Gipsoteca canoviano, Possagno (Treviso)

In 2005, the Director of the National Gallery, London, signalled the long-standing eclipse of sculpture in favour of painting when he noted that “sculpture is what you fall over when you step back from the paintings”. The expanded field of contemporary sculptural practice, including installations, conceptual art and commissioned artist interventions, has nonetheless re-energised and revitalised the potential of sculpture to engage with the historical, institutional and even commercial dimensions of the museum. This lecture will consider the long and complex development from the Renaissance to today with a particular focus on the key role played by sculpture in communicating…

Masterclasses at Melbourne University | Martin Scorsese

Melbourne Masterclasses  Martin Scorsese   Faculty of Arts

Martin Scorsese | 17th September 2016 The Faculty of Arts, in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, presents a one day masterclass on American director, producer, screenwriter, and film conservationist, Martin Scorsese in celebration of ACMI’s SCORSESE exhibition. The day will consist of two sessions focussing on Scorsese’s mastery of storytelling through creative process and collaborations. Each session will entail a lecture discussing specific films, followed by Q&A and discussion. A light lunch and course handout notes will be provided. SESSION DETAILS Session 1: Scorsese Sights, Sounds and the Manufacture of Emotion In this lecture Dr Mark…

Book Launch | Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art | MUMA

Ian McLean's latest book, Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art, Ian McLean Join MUMA for the launch of Ian McLean’s latest book,Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art. As Senior Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, McLean is an internationally recognised scholar. His previous books include Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous Art (2014), How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art (2011) and White Aborigines: Identity Politics in Australian Art (2009). He will be joined in conversation with Rex Butler, Professor (Art History & Theory), Monash University. Date:…

Symposium | Hidden Traces of Shared History: Rethinking Asia Pacific through 19th and early 20th century photographs | University of Melbourne

Image: Frank Hurley, Canal in Old Batavia (with boats and ‘Dat Zee En Brand Assurantie Mij’ sign on wall, 1913), National Library of Australia, CD-7798497

Hidden Traces of Shared History: Rethinking Asia Pacific through 19th and early 20th century photographs | Academic Symposium 29 August 2016, 9:30am-4:30pm, Japanese Room, MSD Building Register here for the Symposium and Keynote attendance Keynote Address: Professor Geoffrey Batchen, Victoria University of Wellington 29 August 2016, 5:30-7:00pm, Singapore Theatre, MSD Building Register here for the Keynote Address attendance only This symposium brings together leading researchers who are working on 19th and early 20th century collections of Asia Pacific photographs. Alongside a broader consideration of the significance of the history of photography in the region, explorations of visual and built traces of…

Masterclass | Greek Mythology – Religion and Art in Ancient Greece | University of Melbourne

Attic black-figure kylix with Dionysiac procession on sides and satyr in tondo c. 500 BCE Ceramic 8.0cm (H) x 25.0cm (W) x 18.5cm (D) The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of David and Marion Adams, 2009. 2009.0233.000.000 © Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to the Ian Potter Museum of Art

The Faculty of Arts, in partnership with The Ian Potter Museum of Art, present a four-part masterclass on Greek mythology and the significance of religion in daily life through the study of myths and ceramics. Each week case studies on figural vases from The University of Melbourne’s collection will be used to explore the relationship between religion and art in ancient Greece. Imagery, object function and use, and Greek mythology from an archaeological perspective will be examined. Supplementary material, such as coins, a variety of ancient ceramics, and teaching collection sherds will be used to illustrate the broader themes addressed in the…

Language talk | Moving ideas – Ancient ruins and mystic landscapes in the Baillieu Library’s print collection

Sadeler, Aegidius II (unknown copier)
Mountain landscape with hermit (1590-1620)
Bailieu Library, Marion and David Adams Collection
© Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to the Baillieu Library

Apologies for the short notice – for Italian speakers interested in prints there is a talk in Italian at the Baillieu library tomorrow by Angelo Lo Conte. Date: Friday 19 Aug 2016, 11.00- 12.00pm Venue: Baillieu Library, Leigh Scott Room Presented at the Baillieu Library in Italia Please join us for a series of talks which offer an immersive language experience with specialist art historians.This program will be presented at the Baillieu Library in Italian. Moving ideas: ancient ruins and mystic landscapes in the Baillieu Library’s print collection This seminar investigates the essential role played by prints in the circulation of…

Lecture | Charles Green – Biennales, Triennales and documenta: The Exhibitions That Created Contemporary Art | NGV International

biennials triennials

Two main questions overlap in this lecture. What is the impact of biennials on contemporary art? And how have biennials changed in the course of the appearance of contemporary art? We will sum up the issues that we see played out in different biennials between 1955 to now. We will work through a typology of biennial formats, noting that each appears in turn as an answer to a set of problems and contingencies, whether these are artistic, political, or economic, but always in relation to globalisation (a process that we carefully distinguish from globalism, as the desire to be recognisably…

Conference | Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 | Melbourne September 8-11 2016

Joseph Wright of Derby Self-portrait 1765-68 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Alina Cade in memory of her husband Joseph Wright Cade, 2009

The University of Melbourne and National Gallery of Victoria present Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 . This international conference will run from September 8-11, 2016 and focus on British and Australian portraits between 1700 and 1914. Inspired by the outstanding collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, this interdisciplinary conference will be the largest gathering of international and Australian scholars to focus on portraits. It will provide a unique opportunity to explore both British and Australian portraits through a dynamic interchange between academics and curators. The conference will focus on British or Australian portraits both as separate fields and…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 15 Callum Morton| RMIT Design Hub

Callum Morton, The Other Side, 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view of the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) at Cockatoo Island. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Juliana Engberg and Kay Campbell, and with assistance from Monash Art Design & Architecture. Photograph: James Horan/Destination NSW. Via

Callum Morton …explores the potential of writing, as both a process and an outcome, in his practice. CALLUM MORTON was born in 1965 in Montreal, Canada. He completed a BFA at Victoria College, Prahran in 1988 and an MFA in Sculpture at RMIT, Melbourne in 1999. He is currently Professor of Fine Art at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) Melbourne. Morton’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally for over 25 years. In 2007 he was one of three artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. In 2008 he completed the work Hotel on the…

Talk | Digitalising the Roman Campagna | University of Melbourne

Detail of Giovani Battista Cingolani della Pergola’s 'Topografia Geometrica dell’Agro Romano' of 1704 , British School at Rome.

Collaborative Learning Room 356 Arts West In their presentation Lisa and Katrina will discuss the geo-mapping project, ‘Digitalising the Roman Campagna’, which is being developed in conjunction with the British School at Rome library. The aim ultimately is to create a digital map of the Roman Campagna that could function as a database and repository of information about both the classical and early modern Campagna. The aim is to take two rare, and rarely seen, maps of the Roman Campagna in the early modern period and transform them into new forms of technology and interdisciplinary resources for generations of scholars.…

BLINDSIDE Festival | On the Verge | 24 August – 3 September 2016

Sarah Rudledge | Repeat 1, 2016. Performance stills. Photographs by Brent Edwards

Gain an insight into domestic life through an open lounge room window, enter Dante’s inferno in an upstairs storeroom, or hear strains of music as a fragmented choir serenades you throughout the city. BLINDSIDE presents the third iteration of the BLINDSIDE Festival, On The Verge – an experimental art festival of chance encounters, immersive soundscapes and intimate creative exchanges. For 11 days art will materialise in the alleyways and byways of Melbourne’s CBD. New works and site-responsive performances will disrupt, alter and transform the spaces we take for granted. On The Verge showcases the talents of emerging and established artists…

Lecture | The Art of Travel in the Name of Science – Sarah Thomas | University of Melbourne

Image: Ferdinand Bauer, Brown's Leatherjacket (Acanthaluteres brownii), c1811, London watercolour on paper. Reproduced with the Permission of the Natural History Museum, London (Library and Archives).

This public lecture explores the significance of mobility to an understanding of visual culture in the colonial period with a particular focus on the works of art produced by British landscape painter William Westall (1781-1850) and Austrian botanical artist Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826) on board Matthew Flinders’ inaugural circumnavigation of Australia between 1801 and 1803. Considering the status of the travelling artist as eyewitness in the period this paper will also examine the mobility of visual culture itself and the implications for art history in a globalised world. Date: Tuesday 16 August 2016, 6.30pm – 7.30pm Venue: Singapore Theatre, Melbourne School of Design, The University…