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Lecture and Symposium | New Perspectives on Italian and Australian Art History | University of Melbourne

Photo of Gerard Vaughan

A symposium on new perspectives on Italian and Australian Art History at the University next week, with a keynote by National Gallery of Australia Director Dr Gerard Vaughan. Changing the National Gallery of Australia: re-thinking the installations | Dr Gerard Vaughan In late 2015, the Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Gerard Vaughan announced: ‘We have commenced an ambitious project to transform the experience at the NGA. Every time you visit the Gallery there will be new discoveries as we constantly revitalise the galleries dedicated to the permanent collection.’ In this lecture, Dr Vaughan will provide a detailed account of the new rehang, which has included the relocation of the entire Australian collection downstairs. International art, including Jackson…

Lecture, Symposium and Exhibition | Gerard Byrne ‘Museums for playback!’ | MADA, Monash University

Gerard Byrne - Museums for Playback

Irish artist Gerard Byrne will present a special keynote lecture to mark the closing of MADA’s Master of Fine Art graduate exhibition (12-18 February) and as part of MADA’s Fine Art Postgraduate Symposium. In his address Irish artist Gerard Byrne’s lecture will focus on his moving-image practice, using the analogy of playback as a way of delimiting the function of the exhibition and highlighting the recuperative and recall dimensions of his projects within the context of the museum. Byrne explores the themes of image and time, performativity, mediation, and the “museum” itself as an embodiment of historical discourse. Byrne has made a significant contribution to contemporary video, photography and live art since 1991. He has exhibited extensively including the Tate Gallery,…

Exhibitions | Is/Is not – Glenn Barkley and Angela Brennan – Lauren Burrow – David Capra | West Space

Xanthe Waite, 'Ball Play' 2015, digital photographic print, perspex, wood, 60 x 45 cm. Image via West Space

Exhibition Opening: Thursday 11 February 6-8pm. Exhibitions continue until Saturday 12 March. FRONT SPACE & GALLERY 1 | Is/Is not Jack Brown, Christo Crocker, Janina Green, Annabelle Kingston, Sanja Pahoki, Aaron Rees, Kiron Robinson, Xanthe Waite, Lydia Wegner, Grace Wood, Justine Varga, curated by Kiron Robinson Once the photograph signified that something was somewhere, in front of a camera. It was held up as a proof. Proof that someone took the photograph and that something was photographed. In the post-indexical digital world this has changed to signify, at best, that within a photograph anything could be anywhere, everywhere and subsequently nowhere. The photograph can no longer yield any idea of truth beyond its own condition. So, if the photographic has now been freed…

Exhibition | Francis Upritchard Jealous Saboteurs | MUMA

Francis Upritchard, Blue and Green Scarf 2012, modelling material, foil, wire, paint, cloth, human hair. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London.

Exhibition Dates: 13 February – 16 April 2016  Opening celebration: Saturday 13 February, 2-5pm (including a conversation, 2-3pm, see below) Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint project with City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington and has been curated by their Chief Curator Robert Leonard and MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day. Spanning almost twenty years of work, MUMA is excited to present the first major survey exhibition of London-based, New Zealand-born artist, Francis Upritchard. From her early collections of mock burial artefacts, to primate-like figures constructed from discarded fur coats, and her more recent enigmatic gurus, Upritchard has developed a highly idiosyncratic language of sculpture that frequently borrows from craft practices and a broad range of references from the deep recesses…

New Exhibitions | Amy Amos Gebhardt – Jamie O’Connell – | Gertrude Contemporary

Image: Amy Amos Gebhardt, There Are No Others, 2016.

Gertrude Contemporary reopens for 2016 tonight with Amos Amos Gebhardt; Jamie O’Connell; Josey Kidd-Crowe; Slide. Amy Amos Gebhardt, There Are No Others Main Gallery | 5 February – 5 March 2016 Artist talk: Saturday 20 February, 1pm. Artist talk with Amy Amos Gebhardt, in conversation with Gertrude Contemporary Director Emma Crimmings. Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present There Are No Others—a new, major solo exhibition by artist and filmmaker Amy Amos Gebhardt. Known for astonishing poetic imagery, Gebhardt’s cinematic works explore the raw articulation of humanness in the natural world whilst traversing multiple art forms including dance, documentary and performance. For this new series, Gebhardt has collaborated with musician and composer Oren Ambarchi, who previously composed the music for Gebhardt’s kaleidoscopic film…

Exhibitons | James Tylor – Christopher Day – Janina Green – Caroline Garcia – Kate Mitchell | CCP

Image: James Tylor Aotearoa my Hawaiki #6 2015, courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne; GAG Projects, Adelaide; and Stills Gallery, Sydney.

CCP reopens this week for 2016 with exhibitions in four galleries and a new installation in the night projection window Exhibition Dates: Exhibitions 5 February–24 March. Opening Thursday 4 February 6–8pm Free Artist and Curator Floor Talks: Saturday 6 February 2016, 12pm James Tylor, Christopher Day, Janina Green, Naomi Cass, Pippa Milne and Caroline Garcia. This is a great opportunity to hear the artists talk about their work first hand, ask questions and find out more about their practice. GALLERY ONE James Tylor | Aotearoa my Hawaiki Aotearoa, my Hawaiki explores the Polynesian Māori concept of Hawaiki. Hawaiki is the ancestral homeland and/or island where Māori people came from before migrating to Aotearoa (New Zealand). For New Zealand Māori people the actually physical…

Lecture Series | A Tale of Three Cities – Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol | NGV International

Christopher Makos Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square 1982 © Christopher Makos 1982,, Ai Weiwei Chinese 1957– Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1983 from the New York Photographs series 1983‒93 silver gelatin photograph Ai Weiwei Studio © Ai Weiwei

Two artists, three cities. Journeying through similar times and places, though never crossing paths, Andy Warhol’s and Ai Weiwei’s work and life have been shaped by the cities of Beijing, Pittsburgh and New York. How have time and place shaped Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei and their artworks? What legacy have these artists had on the cities they called home? Each week guest speakers explore these questions through the lens of the city: Pittsburgh, New York and Beijing, sharing illustrated insights into Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice and revealing the impact of the city, time and place on these two influential artists. Purchase series here. Or purchase tickets to individual lectures here. Sat 13 Feb, 2pm – A Tale…

Talks | ‘My Learned Object’ | Ian Potter Museum of Art

J Carney
Corrosion cast of the kidney blood vessels 1968
Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, the University of Melbourne

Ten Minute Talks at Ian Potter Museum of Art Date: Saturday 30th Jan, 1pm Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston St, University of Melbourne My Learned Object: Collections & Curiosities is drawn from the Cultural Collections and hidden storerooms of the University of Melbourne. These four ten minute talks will give insights into otherwise unseen parts of the University’s collection from the Science, Medical, History and Arts Faculties and showcase historical learning tools used since 1890. Such is life | Ryan Jefferies, Curator, Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology An exploration of the phrenological interpretation of Ned Kelly’s death mask and the prominence of ‘memento mori’ in Victorian times. Learn who created this death mask, why it…

Classics Summer School at University of Melbourne


The University of Melbourne is running a Classics Summer School in January 2016. The course is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the ancient world over the summer break. This course offers five days of classes covering the social history of ancient Greece, architecture, philosophy and a practical workshop to develop your argumentation skills. Presenter Dr Christopher Gribbin, Honorary Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne, has taught at the Summer School since 2002. Each course consists of five sessions between 4 and 8 January 2016. For full details download the flyer (Classics Summer School Flyer) or visit the website

Call for Papers | Conference: ‘Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits, 1700-1914’


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. September 8-11 2016, University of Melbourne and National Gallery of Victoria Call for papers Papers are invited that focus on British or Australian portraits between 1700 and 1914, which can be interpreted as separate fields or as overlapping or comparative studies. The portraits may be in any public or private collection worldwide, but in particular in the National Gallery of Victoria. They may be in any medium, including painting, print, drawing,…

Talk | Eugene Barilo von Reisberg: ‘Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Portraiture in the Age of Social Mobility’ | Melbourne University


Eugene Barilo von Reisberg (Art History Program, School of Culture & Communication), PhD Completion Seminar: ‘Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Portraiture in the Age of Social Mobility’. For nearly four decades, from the early 1830s to the early 1870s, Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) was among the most popular and highly sought-after, internationally-renowned elite portrait specialists, who enjoyed the patronage of royal, aristocratic and middle-class elites. This seminar will demonstrate that the artist’s success and popularity among the highest echelons of society were contingent upon his mimetic abilities, the rigorous application of his academic training, as well as the bold innovations of his technical approaches that placed him hors concours among fellow portrait practitioners of the era. Further, by using evidence from the biographies of Winterhalter’s sitters, the…

Opening Weekend | Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei | NGV International

Andy Warhol   Ai Weiwei   NGV

The NGV has organised a series of talks and lectures to celebrate the opening of their summer exhibition Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th at 11am | Curatorial Introduction to the exhibition . Learn more about the artistic practices of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei with a curatorial introduction by Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art Cost $8 M / $12 A / $10 C. Bookings here. Saturday 12th December 3pm | Lecture – Andy Warhol: The Man and the Artist | Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum Opening to the public only seven years after the artist’s death, The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Located in his hometown…

Exhibition | My learned object: collections and curiosities | Ian Potter Museum of Art

J Carney
Corrosion cast of the kidney blood vessels 1968
Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, the University of Melbourne

Saturday 5 Dec 2015 to Sunday 28 Feb 2016. Guest curator: Dr David Sequeira. My learned object: collections & curiosities draws its content from over 25 of the University of Melbourne’s cultural collections. Rich and varied, the cultural collections form an integral part of the workings of the University.  Primary documents—decorative arts, botanical specimens, zoological specimens, paintings, models, furniture, bones, photographs, books, scientific equipment, ephemera (the list goes on… ) from across all university collections can be largely divided into three main categories, namely the arts, the sciences and the archives. There is considerable overlap amongst these areas andMy learned object is a rare opportunity to explore the possibilities of these intersections. The exhibition’s four main themes—people and personalities, same but…

Lecture | Conservation of Chinese Cultural Heritage from the Shaanxi Province – Yuan Hong | University of Melbourne

Murals: Museum of Prince Jieman, Tang Dynast

Associate Professor Yuan Hong will present on Mural conservation and scientific methods used in extraction of cultural information. Murals contained within tombs pose a diverse range of site specific issues in their investigation and conservation. Using microscopic techniques, spectrographic imaging and elemental analysis, information embedded in the murals can be used to inform conservators about the original materials as well as the condition and treatment requirements of these forms of cultural heritage. Ms Zhang Yongjian explores Laboratory-based micro-scale excavation and its application Current methods used in the lab-based, micro-scale excavation of cultural relics are capable of having the combined merits of excavation, archaeometry and conservation. These methods have proven to be especially effective in the excavation and treatment of cultural…

Lecture | An Introduction to the 20th Biennale of Sydney – Stephanie Rosenthal | MPavilion 


  MUMA, in association with the Biennale of Sydney and MPavilion, are pleased to present a special lecture by Stephanie Rosenthal, Artistic Director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (18 March – 5 June 2016). Join Stephanie Rosenthal for a presentation designed to offer insights into the 20th edition of the Biennale of Sydney. Inspired by a quote from leading science fiction author William Gibson, The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, this edition of the Biennale, which opens in March 2016, will be presented at seven main venues conceived as ‘embassies of thought’. Following the presentation MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day will join Stephanie for a conversation about the key ideas informing her exhibition. Stephanie Rosenthal has…