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Lecture | How Pre-Raphaelite Frames Influenced Degas and the Impressionists | NGV International

Ford Madox BROWN The finding of Don Juan by Haidée (1869-1870) {retouched (1871) and later}  watercolour and gouache over pencil 47.5 x 57.6 cm (sheet) Bennett A91 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1905 210-2

Enter the world of picture framing through a lecture by British art historian and specialist Lynn Roberts. Although often ignored, picture frames have a huge impact on our viewing and perception of pictures. This fact was well appreciated by many artists connected with the British Pre-Raphaelite and the French Impressionist movements, including Edgar Degas. For these artists, framing was a critical aspect of their art, and literally integral to it. In different ways their frames radically contrasted to the conventional, ornate frames in which pictures were hung in official exhibitions such as the Salon in Paris and Royal Academy in London. Explore the connections between the frame designs of the British Pre-Raphaelites and those of the French Impressionists, as seen in original Pre-Raphaelite…

Symposium | FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation | NGV International


AICCM – FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Melbourne 2016. A symposium on the picture frame. 24-26 August 2016 Hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia The AICCM Conservation Framing and Gilded Objects special interest groups will hold this international symposium encompassing both traditional framing as well as broader concepts of framing for the presentation of modern and contemporary art and design. This wide-ranging theme will appeal to artists, conservators, curators, designers, frame makers and historians. Our symposium will coincide with the exhibition Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2016 – Degas: A New Vision. It is anticipated that some of our speakers will focus on the frames designed by Degas for his artworks, further enriching our understanding of the artist and…

Book Launch | Talking Contemporary Curating | Ian Potter Museum of Art


Friday 29 Jul 2016, 6.00- 8.00pm Terry Smith, Rebecca Coates & Tara McDowell In 2015, Terry Smith launched his second publication, Talking Contemporary Curating, as part of ICI’s series Perspectives in Curating. To accompany the Melbourne launch of this important publication, Terry Smith will be speaking with Rebecca Coates (curator and writer, Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, UoM, and Director, SAM, Shepparton Art Museum) and Tara McDowell(Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, MADA, Monash University). The conversation will be moderated by Professor Charles Green. Talking Contemporary Curating offers timely reflections by curators, art historians, critics, and artists on emergent debates in curatorial practice around the world. Featuring arts industry professionals and theorists deeply immersed in reflecting upon the demands of their…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 12 Helen Johnson | RMIT Design Hub

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Helen Johnson Helen Johnson is an artist, writer and teacher based in Melbourne. Painting is at the centre of her practice. Recent solo exhibitions include Barron Field as part of the 2016 Glasgow International and Slow Learners at Château Shatto, Los Angeles in 2015. She has recently exhibited work as part of June: A Painting Show at Sadie Coles, London; In my absence at Jocelyn Wolff, Paris; and Pleasure and Reality at the NGV. In 2017 Johnson will present a solo exhibition at the ICA in London. In 2015 she launched a book titled Painting is a Critical Form, developed from a PhD in Fine Art completed at Monash University in 2014, where she is also a lecturer. Johnson is…

Exhibition | Limits to Growth – Nicholas Mangan | MUMA

Nicholas Mangan, Matter over mined 2012 C-print on cotton paper 69 x 103cm Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico city

Exhibtion Dates: 20 July – 17 September 2016 Opening celebration: Wed 20 July, 6pm. With remarks by Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer in Art History, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition of Melbourne-based artist, Nicholas Mangan. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. The exhibition brings together several key projects (the eldest dating to 2009-10) in conversation with a new commission, Limits to Growth. This latest work explores the relationship between two monetary currencies: Rai, large stone coins…

Lectures | Contesting Marginality: Three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Carla Macchiavello

Video still Francisca Benitez, Décimas Telúricas, 2010.

Discipline and Ensayos, along with Gertrude Contemporary, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Alderman, are pleased to present three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Chilean art historian, Carla Macchiavello. The lectures will take place at three different venues in Melbourne between Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 July. All are free to attend. Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 6:00 for 6:30pm The Alderman, Melbourne (upstairs) Convened by Rex Butler ‘Rough edges or Extremadura: a brief panorama of Chilean art, from centres to margins’ Since the 1970s, Chilean art has been haunted by a concern with borders and territoriality. During the 1970s and 1980s, margins were taken as physical and imaginary spaces from which to contest the repression…

Forum | Max and Olive | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Olive Cotton Max after surfing 1937 gelatin silver photograph 38 x 30 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006

Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in twentieth century Australian photography. Champions of modernism, they were an important and influential part of a generation of Australian photographers during the 1930s and ‘40s, engaged in international debates on the role of photography in modern Australian life. Through their images they explored the ways that form, technology and the properties of photography come together. Working separately, but often alongside each other they created a sense of a ‘contemporary Australian photography’ for the first time. Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain is the first exhibition to bring together Dupain and Cotton’s work in a comprehensive way. Join us for an illuminating forum discussing these two…

Launch | EMAJ 9 | Lincoln Hotel

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  The editors of EMAJ invite you to join us for a drink this Friday, to celebrate the launch of the 2015/16 edition of emaj. Rex Butler, Professor (Art History & Theory) Monash University, will officially launch this edition. The 2015/2016 edition includes articles by Lauren Bliss, Veronica Bremer and Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Jason Gibson and John Keane, Wes Hill, as well as a reviews and interviews by Giles Fielke and Darren Jorgensen. See the full issue here: Date: Friday 8th July, 6pm. Venue: The Lincoln Hotel, Cnr Cardigan Street & Queensberry Street, Carlton.

Lecture | International Degas expert Xavier Rey on Degas and the Nude | NGV International

Edgar Degas Woman in a tub c. 1883 pastel 70.0 x 70.0 cm Tate, London Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983 (T03563) © Tate, London 2016

The nude figure was central to the art of Edgar Degas, and yet frequently the artist’s expansive body of work in this area has been overshadowed by focus on portraits and dancers. Listen in as Xavier Rey, Director of Collections, Musée d’Orsay explores the evolution of Degas’s nude, from the academic and historical approach of his early years to the role of the body in modernity. Xavier Rey is the Director of Collections at the Musée d’Orsay. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Degas and the Nude (2012); Degas. The Masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris (2012-13) and Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay (2014-15). Date: Friday 8th July, 2.30pm Cost: Free, booking essential. Book via the NGV website: Venue:…

Panel Discussion | The trouble with remuneration: the tricky business of being an artist | West Space

Mladen Stilinović, Artist at work, 1978 (detail). Image courtesy the artist.

THIS TUESDAY 5th July: Panel Discussion – The trouble with remuneration: the tricky business of being an artist   In conjunction with West Space’s exhibition, The Trouble with Remuneration, there will be a panel discussion to explore different ways artists are engaged with contemporary economic realities: as survival, as challenge, as resistance, as opportunity. Speakers: Janet Burchill, Masato Takasaka, Debris Facility and Beth Rose Caird. Chaired by: Jan Bryant. Date: Tuesday 5th July 2016 – 6pm Venue: West Space – Level 1, 225 Bourke St Melbourne RSVP: Janet Burchill is a Melbourne-based visual artist. Masato Takasaka is a Melbourne-based artist, known for both his performances as a lead guitarist in über-hip rock bands as well as his visual art practice. Takasaka thinks…

Open Day and Founders Talk at Duldig Studio

Karl Duldig, Koré, 1976, bronze.

The Duldig Studio is open on the second Saturday of every month. On Saturday 9 July 2016, we will be open from 1.00 to 3.00pm. See the award winning Art Behind the Wire exhibition, hear the Founder’s Talk at 2pm or do clay and drawing activities in the Sculpture Garden, for both kids and grown-ups. Entry is by gold coin donation on Open Saturdays. Founder’s Talk at 2pm: Karl Duldig and the women in his life Eva de Jong-Duldig, the artist’s daughter will take us on a journey through Karl’s work, focusing on  the ‘kneeling female figure’. The female figure was a key  theme throughout his work, reflecting his deep respect for,  ‘woman – who inspires man in all his…

Masterclass | Degas – A new vision, a new beginning | University of Melbourne and NGV

Edgar Degas Rehearsal hall at the Opéra, rue Le Peletier 1872 oil on canvas 32.7 x 46.3 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 1977) © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition Degas: A new vision, the Faculty of Arts is proud to present a four-part masterclass series on the life and art of Edgar Degas, one of the most recognizable grand masters of French modernism. Drawn from across the globe and with over 200 artworks, this exhibition represents one of the most internationally significant retrospectives of Degas, highlighting his influential contribution across the different mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. This masterclass will reflect the breadth and diversity of the exhibition as we explore the development of Degas’ art from its beginnings. We will contextualise his work within the dramatic social and political change that occurred during his lifetime, which…

Lecture | Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Photogrammetry – Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge | University of Melbourne

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Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Photogrammetry: Computational Photography Techniques for Cultural, Historic, and Artistic Heritage   Through the generous support of The Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS) ‘Patricia Robertson Fund’, the Gordon Darling Foundation and the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Material, AICCM is very pleased announce a public lecture on computational photography techniques for cultural heritage, to be delivered by Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge, founding members of Cultural Heritage Imaging. This talk will present advances in robust, low-cost imaging tools from the emerging science, Computational Photography (CP). Embodying both reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) and photogrammetry, CP describes the purpose-driven, selective extraction of information from sequences of digital photographs. Both methods…

DigitalGLAM symposium | State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne


Thursday, 14 July 2016 – 5:00pm to Friday, 15 July 2016 – 6:00pm, State Library of Victoria and Melbourne School of Design The DigitalGLAM symposium will bring together cultural institutions, historians, heritage practitioners, researchers and digital designers to discover new practices in digital media and cultural engagement. The event will include national and international keynote talks, and panels of presentations and discussions around four themes of Touring, Digital Frontiers, Immersive Experience, and Animating Archives. Issues under scrutiny include: The projection of collections and artefacts into physical places beyond the traditional institutional reach; New intersections between expert knowledge, curatorial practice and citizen-generated content; Pathways and approaches to the design and development of new technologies; Understanding and evaluating digital impacts and significance; Critical reflections on…

MUMA Boiler Room Lecture | Outlaw Territories – Felicity D. Scott | State Library of Victoria

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Outlaw Territories Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is pleased to present a special lecture by visiting international curator and writer, Felicity D. Scott. Felicity D. Scott will discuss her book, Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-insurgency (Zone Books, 2016), which outlines the historical and contemporary legacy of the American counterculture from the 1960s and ‘70s and its effects on environmental governance and the management of populations globally. During this lecture Scott will draw connections between many subjects including Kevin Roche’s designs for the Ford Foundation Headquarters and One United Nations Plaza in New York; the Open Land communes and Earth People’s Parks; two major UN world conferences (the Human Environment in Stockholm of 1972 and the Human Settlements…