Category: Melbourne Events

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Lecture | Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks – Gossip and its Minor Discourses | Gertrude Contemporary

Vincent Namatjira, Cook's Dinner Party, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 91 × 122 cm, Artbank Collection, purchased 2015, courtesy of the artist artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery.

TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation Lecture Series Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks – Gossip and its Minor Discourses Thursday, 29th September 2016, 6:00pm | Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne Free to attend This joint lecture will bring together two distinct but related research projects. The first is Andrew Brooks’s recent and ongoing work on disruptive/interruptive speech acts and their efficacy as aesthetico-political gestures in a moment (such as ours) of sustained crisis. The second is Astrid Lorange’s new work to do with the relationship between language and contemporary art—specifically, to do with the way that language functions in work ‘as’ a poetics…

Symposium Keynote | Contemporary Architects and the Pavilion

MPavilion 2016 design. Courtesy of Studio Mumbai.

A public forum with Bijoy Jain, Sean Godsell and Robert Grace. Moderated by Professor Philip Goad, Melbourne School of Design. On the eve of the launch of MPavilion 2016, hear three distinguished architects discuss the contemporary pavilion and its significance for audiences today. The speakers at this public forum have all experimented with the idea of the pavilion: Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai is the designer of the 2016 MPavilion; Sean Godsell of Sean Godsell Architects designed the 2014 MPavilion; and Robert Grace, of Robert Grace Architecture, designed the Garden Room at Woodchester House in 2011. This public conversation on…

Symposium | Pavilions

Cross-section of Brighton Pavilion showing the Music Room, Salon, Banqueting Room and Kitchen, 1821-25. Etching and aquatint, hand-coloured. British Museum, London.

To mark of the launch of the 2016 MPavilion, the University of Melbourne is hosting a symposium that brings together leading architects, artists, curators, architectural historians, cultural historians and art historians to focus on the theme of ‘The Pavilion’, an architectural structure with an ancient lineage and continuing contemporary resonance. Experts from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds will provide different perspectives on the ‘The Pavilion’ over three sessions. The first session—held at the University’s Melbourne School of Design—will include art historians and cultural historians; the second and third sessions—held at the VCA—will include architects, architectural historians and art historians, and…

Symposium | Walker Evans: Reading the Magazine Work | CCP

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Walker Evans: Reading the Magazine Work unpacks the inventor of documentary style photography, offering three new readings of this crucial figure and a lively discussion with visiting British photography historian and curator David Campany. Presented on the occasion of the exhibitions, Walker Evans The Magazine Work curated by David Campany and The Documentary Take curated by Naomi Cass. Presented by Deakin Motion Lab Centre for Creative Arts Research, Deakin University and MADA, Monash University, as part of the 2016 Melbourne Festival. Date: Friday 7 October, 2pm—6pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Gold coin donation,…

Forum | Beyond Rhetoric | Gertrude Contemporary

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This forum will explore the role of the contemporary curator in light of the findings of the CoUNTess Report on gender issues in the arts. The panel will question and discuss if a gendering of opportunities occurs, contemporary curatorial approaches within the broader arts infrastructure, and what meaningful action looks like beyond rhetoric. Speakers Virginia Fraser – artist, writer, editor and curator Camila Marambio – curator and PhD candidate, Monash Art Design & Architecture, MADA Hannah Mathews – curator, Monash University Museum of Art, MUMA Elvis Richardson – CoUNTess Patrice Sharkey – Director of West Space Chaired by Dr Rebecca…

Lecture | Unbeautiful Bodies in Ancient South Italy’ Ted Robinson | NGV International

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In the art of the Greek cities of South Italy, beautiful bodies are everywhere. The norms were subverted, though, when it came to representing the comic theatre, where the players are all shown as physically grotesque. There were many more vase-paintings which depicted comedy made in South Italy than in any other part of the Greek world, and several outstanding examples are in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria. This lecture will seek to explain their conventions, and understand why depictions of unbeautiful bodies were so common in South Italy, even on vases that were used as grave-offerings.…

Forum | Australian Printmaking Past and Present | NGV Australia

anet DAWSON Montant 1960 colour lithograph 80.2 x 45.8 cm irreg. (image) 90.6 x 63.4 cm (sheet) ed. 10/40 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by the artist under the terms of the National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship, 1961 810-5 © Janet Dawson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Saturday 8th October 2pm-4:30pm On the 50th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia, celebrate printmaking by looking at its history and contemporary practice. Revisit the history of the Council, founded in 1966, and hear practitioners and printers discuss contemporary trends. Speakers will include Elizabeth Cross, independent art historian, curator and writer; Michael Kempson, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Printmaking Studies, University of New South Wales and Director, Cicada Press; Trent Walter, Director, Negative Press; John Nixon, artist; Raymond Arnold, printmaker; Sean Smith and Kylie Blackley, The Ownership Project; and, eX de Medici and Ros Atkins, print collaborators. Cost $16…

LECTURE POSTPONED | Writing and Concepts #20 | Lou Hubbard | RMIT Design Hub

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UPDATE – This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a date after 6 October – exact details to be advised. Apologies for inconvenience caused.   Lou Hubbard …speculates on the role that writing plays in the development of the concepts in her work. RMIT Design Hub, L3 Lecture Theatre 5:00pm Thursday 22 September Link to Facebook event LOU HUBBARD makes assemblage sculptures, videos, and room-scape installations – sometimes photos and collages. The horse is a motif that has recurred often in her work that focuses on the dynamics of training, submission and the aesthetics of sentimentality. Objects…

Lecture | Gareth Sansom and the Great Outdoors

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Gareth Sansom and the Great Outdoors A lecture by Rex Butler STATION 9 Ellis Street, South Yarra Saturday 17th September, 2:00pm “Most critics who write on the work of Gareth Sansom (and even Sansom himself) speak about the final aesthetic unification of the various images and styles he scatters around his canvases. It would be as though he takes his works out to the furthest edge of stylelessness and disaggregation before in the end pulling them back in. But what if this wasn’t the way Sansom operated at all? What if, on the contrary, his project involved the difficult (almost…

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Lecture | Art and Detection: Investigating Louis Duffy, a Forgotten British Painter of the Second World War – Ted Gott | University of Melbourne

Louis Duffy (1908-98), Christ driving out the money changers, c. 1940. Oil on canvas, 122.4 × 152.9 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Purchased with the assistance of Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, 2006)

In September 2006 the National Gallery of Victoria acquired at auction a remarkable painting by a virtually unknown artist: Christ Turning Out the Money Lenders, a work attributed by the auction house to a ‘Louis Duffy, 20th century’. This impressively large painting shows sixteen men dressed in c. 1940 business suits, gathered in tense confrontation in a modern-day retelling of the New Testament account of Christ expelling the money changers from the Temple. In Duffy’s composition, the Temple setting has been transmuted into a modern graveyard, and the money changers have morphed into mid-20th-century arms dealers trading munitions on the…

Exhibition | Ronnie Van Hout and Kate Mitchell | Gertrude Contemporary

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Ronnie van Hout, YOU! Exhibition dates: 9 September – 15 October 2015 Exhibition opening: Friday 9 September, 6–8pm Venue: Front Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present You!, a solo project by Ronnie van Hout. As a leading figure in the Australasian art landscape for over two decades, van Hout has consistently brought into focus the presence of the artist within his practice. Frequently presenting himself within his extensive body of work, van Hout positions himself as the unwitting subject pervasively reappearing as a provocation to the artistic figure. The complexity of van Hout’s particular subversion…

Exhibition | The Jesus Trolley | City Gallery

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The Jesus Trolley | 30 years of Desmond Hynes pushing art and Jesus on the streets of Melbourne curated by Joanna Bosse Melbourne has been a stomping ground for street preachers for more than a century. In recent decades, Desmond Hynes has been the Nº. 1 evangelist, proselytising through both the oral and written word. The lately ‘retired’ Hynes combines the visual power of art and advertising on hand-painted signs and shopping trolleys covered in Jesus slogans. Unrefined and yet savvy, his unique hand-lettering is urgent and compelling, transcending the religious content of his god-fearing message. Opening Night: Thursday 8th…

Discussion | Migration Nation: Arts and Politics of Difference

Leslie Morgan, Manoora For Fremantle
122 x 137cm, oil, 2013 via https://lesm48.wordpress.com/anglo-indians-sail-into-australia-1947/

Join us as we explore the politics of representation and the representation of politics. Panellists: Dr Leslie Morgan, Steven Rhall, Nur Shkembi, Daniella Trimboli Dr Sara Wills will be our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. She is Course Coordinator for the Executive Master of Arts, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and a lecturer in Australian Studies at Melbourne University. BREXIT, Trumpism, the rising success of so-called ‘neo-nationalist’ parties across Europe and Pauline Hanson’s resurgence into Australian politics – these events are compelling us to assess how we view fellow citizens as the Others within.  At a more local…

Lectures | David Solkin, Kate Retford and Martin Myrone on Portraiture | National Gallery of Victoria

Edward Haytley, The Brockman family at Beachborough, c. 1744-46. Oil on canvas, 52.7 x 65 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
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A trio of public lectures on portraiture by three leading art historians: David H. Solkin FBA (Courtauld Institute of Art), Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London) and Martin Myrone (Tate Britain). These scholars are coming to Melbourne as part of the University of Melbourne’s international conference, Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits, 1700-1914 and will present three free lectures at the NGV. Information and bookings for the full Human Kind conference can be found here. David Solkin: English or European? Portraiture and the Politics of National Identity in Early Georgian Britain. Thursday 8 September, 6:00pm. Clemenger Theatre, National Gallery…

Registration Open: 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

Registration is now open for Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914, presented by the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. This international conference will run from September 8 to 11 and will 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 keynote speakers are: David…