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.

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…

Panel Discussion | Is ethnographic photography still a thing?

Is ethnographic photography still a thing? Panel discussion | Australians in PNG Date: 2-3.30pm, 2 September 2017 Venue: Monash Gallery of Art Website: https://www.mga.org.au/event/view/event/568 Join our panellists Artist Lisa Hilli, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre Dr Sharon Huebner and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala as they explore the history of ethnographic photography and question its role in contemporary society. Book your FREE ticket here  About our speakers: Lisa Hilli Born in Rabaul, Lisa is a descendant of the Makurategete Vunatarai (clan) Tolai / Gunantuna people of Papua New Guinea. She received a Masters of Fine Art by Research degree from RMIT University. Through her practice Lisa references and prioritises Indigenous knowledge and matrilineal systems to subvert colonial and Western histories contained with ethnographic and archival material. Currently Lisa is a Museums Victoria 1854 Scholar undertaking a…

Exhibitions at the State LIbrary of Victoria

Self-made: zines and artist books This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture, from limited-run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines. Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, ground-breaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications, and artist books designed to defy tradition and buck the commercial gallery system. Free Open daily during Library hours 11 August –12 November 2017 Free guided tours: Tuesdays 12.30pm, Thursdays 6pm, Sundays 3pm Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery Looped: artist books in the round In this unique installation from artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, each glass-panelled cabinet case around the domed reading room’s original heritage dais becomes a page. Free Open daily during Library hours 4 August –26 November 2017 La Trobe Reading Room

Writing & Concepts | Brooke Babington “All w/o tongue” | RMIT Design Hub

Brooke Babington presents: “All w/o tongue” Date: Thu 7 September 6:00pm at RMIT Design Hub Level 3 Lecture Theatre, Building 100, Cnr Victoria and Swanston Streets Carlton BROOKE BABINGTON is an artist, writer and curator. Exploring power and social dynamics, her work engages with ideas of ideology, the mythology of the artist and language. Recent exhibitions include: No Nuisance, The Alderman, 2015; This is Where you Fold Like a Cheap Suit, TCB, 2012 and Working Holiday, Rear View 2011. Recent group exhibitions include: What Has (Has Not), TCB 2013; Synonyms for Sincerity, Alaska Projects 2013; Fury Road, Appendix Project Space (Portland), 2013 and OOO (curated by Anusha Kenny), Daine Singer Gallery 2011. From 2013 to 2014 Brooke was the Director of Slopes, a twelve-month, not-for-profit project space in Melbourne with Melissa Loughnan and Helen Hughes. Her curatorial projects have included…

Dr. Adelina Modesti | The Female Virtuosa at the Court of Medici Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere: ladies-in-waiting, artists, musicians, actresses and writers

Dr. Adelina Modesti, La Trobe University The Female Virtuosa at the Court of Medici Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere: ladies-in-waiting, artists, musicians, actresses and writers. This talk is part of the Early Modern Circle Series and will take place this coming Monday 21 August at 6:15 pm in the North Theatre, Room 239 Old Arts, University of Melbourne. Abstract: This paper will address the cultural patronage (“matronage”) of Grand Duchess of Tuscany Vittoria della Rovere via an examination of the virtuoso women artists, musicians and writers she supported throughout her long life. Victoria was an active matron of the arts who gathered round her some of the most important female cultural producers of the day, sponsoring their creative work, and developing their talent. Some of these women were her ladies-in-waiting, whom she educated as artists, musicians or embroiderers as part of their cultural…

Lectures and Study Tour | Desert Minimalism to the New Louvre

The University of Melbourne is prresenting a series of public lectures in the lead up to their study tour to the United Arab Emirates and State of Qatar. See more information about the study tour here. To book for any of the lectures or for further information see the website here. Fully booked Monday, 21 August 2017 6.15pm–7.15pm  ‘The Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Twenty-First Century Art Museum: From Agent of the West to Global Art Experience’ Presenter: Associate Professor Christopher Marshall The Louvre Abu Dhabi is scheduled to open its doors to the public in November 2017 following ten years of planning and development. One of the most high profile and eagerly anticipated international museum projects of the past fifty years, this initiative has the potential to re-define what we mean by a public art museum in the 21st…

Beyond Disegno: Professional Identity and Material Experimentation in mid 16th-century Italian Portraiture – Dr. Elena Calvillo

Beyond Disegno: Professional Identity and Material Experimentation in mid 16th-century Italian Portraiture Dr. Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Richmond Date: 5:30-7pm, 17th August 2017 Venue: Lecture Theatre C (Room 124), Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, 3010 More info here: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/9214-beyond-disegno-professional-identity-and-material-experimentation-in-mid-16th-century By 1531, the Venetian artist Sebastiano del Piombo had resettled in Rome after the Sack, received a lucrative sinecure as the keeper of the papal seals and won acclaim for his method of painting in oils on stone supports. Two decades later, Agnolo Bronzino produced a series of portraits on tin supports while working for Cosimo I de’ Medici. This lecture examines the ways in which their innovative use of materials in portraiture contributed to both the painters’ and patrons’ identities, and how it made claims of originality and invention that might otherwise…

Launch | Dancing Sculpture | NGV Australia

DANCING SCULPTURE LAUNCH Date: Friday 11 August , 3pm Venue: Level 3 Foyer, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne FREE ENTRY The Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne invites you to the opening performance of Dancing Sculpture; an experience of modern dance and its transformation of movement and gesture in the twentieth century. Dancing Sculpture Fri 11 Aug: 3pm, Sat 12 Aug: 3pm and Sun 13 Aug: 12pm, 3pm These performances have been programmed as part of Leap Into the Modern – a one day symposium exploring modern dance in Australia from the 1930’s, curated by Professor Rachel Fensham and Dr Jordan Beth Vincent. THE DEMON MACHINE Dance students from the Victorian College of Arts perform choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser’s Demon Machine (1924), a work of modern dance which toured Australia for nearly two decades beginning in 1939. This recreation by Carol Brown follows reconstructions by Shona Dunlop-MacTavish (1980); and Evelyn…

Symposium | Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict | University of Melbourne

The symposium for Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict expands on the eponymous exhibition, exploring Australian archaeological work in Syria across three decades. These excavations, and the materials they uncovered, will be presented within the framework of Syria’s current heritage crisis. The symposium will cover the various aspects of site analysis and management, touching on key issues like the politics of mapping archaeological landscapes and excavating sustainably. By bringing in experts from across the discipline we aim to show the wealth of knowledge that excavations in Syria have procured about the history of the region, as well as shedding some light on the process of archaeology and how it can aid in the current conflict. Join us for an illuminating symposium looking at the University’s past research projects in Syria and the contribution they have made to our understanding of…

Lecture | Aleppo and Palmyra – How monuments were ‘weaponised’ in the Syrian conflict – Ross Burns | University of Melbourne

Ross Burns, whose recent publications include Aleppo, A History and Monuments of Syria, presents an analysis of why the country’s incomparable store of historical buildings and sites has been so deliberately targeted. In many cases such damage represents not collateral casualties but the deliberate ‘weaponising’ of symbols of the past – turning historical treasures from many civilisations into weapons in a propaganda war. While such deliberate targeting represents only a small proportion of the carnage afflicted on the country – compared to the results of deliberate assaults on civilian housing, medical facilities and schools – such cultural assets can play an important role in the restoration of Syrian national identity after the end of the conflict. Adjunct Professor Ross Burns graduated in History and Archaeology from Sydney University, 1966 and spent 37 years in the Australian Foreign Service including posts…