Call for Papers – Antipodean Fields Bourdieu and Southern Cultures Conference

Call for Papers Antipodean Fields: Bourdieu and Southern Cultures Conference Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney 8-10 June 2011 A good deal of economic, social, cultural and political analysis in the antipodes has drawn on and engaged critically with the work of Pierre Bourdieu in order to adapt it to the particularities of Australian and New Zealand histories and conditions. There have been significant applications of Bourdieu’s field theory to the organisation of antipodean literary, musical, sports and media fields. The research that informed Distinction has been replicated in a national study of the relations between the practices of cultural consumption and cultural capital in contemporary Australia. Bourdieu’s general categories have been revised and extended to address the cultural capital holdings of different ethnic groups in relation to the governmental spaces of Australia and New Zealand, and to…

Lecture – ‘Mughal Painting at its Zenith’ Oliver Everett

Mr Oliver Everett – Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle The Life and Times of the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan Mr Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, United Kingdom, will be presenting the images as part of an international public lecture based on the Islamic manuscript, the Padshahnama (chronicle of the King of the World) which is the unique official history of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, who ruled India from 1628 to 1658. He is best remembered for the building of the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Padshahnama is illustrated with 44 of the finest Mughal paintings in the world.  They vividly depict the very dramatic events in the Emperor’s reign and the years before it. Most of the important individuals in Shah Jahan’s court can…

Victus Hobday – Magician of the Palimpsest: William Kentridge

‘Magician of the Palimpsest – William Kentridge’ Cinq Thémes Paris, Jeu de Paume 29.06.10 – 5.09.10 NB:  This exhibition ‘William Kentridge: Five Themes’ is currently on in Melbourne at ACMI, Federation Square until May 27th 2012 – see here for details of the Melbourne Show. The Jeu de Paume is a public gallery situated overlooking the Place de Concorde in a corner of the Tuilleries Garden. From the outside it appears to be a large classical mausoleum for retired double-decker buses or perhaps a large garden pavilion of the nineteenth century that would feature fusty old examples of gilt-framed dark offerings. It is deceptive. Once the home to the Impressionist works that are now housed in the Musee D’Orsay the Jeu de Paume was renovated in the early 1990’s with the new purpose of featuring individual artists and particularly retrospectives.…

Funding – Chinese Painting, Ashmoleum Museum

The Christensen Fellowship -Chinese Painting University of Oxford – Ashmolean Museum The Ashmolean Museum re-opened to the public almost one year ago, following a hugely exciting redevelopment. The Christensen Fellowship is an endowed postdoctoral fellowship associated with the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery of Chinese painting. The Christensen Fellow will be expected to undertake new research in the field of Chinese painting, with a view to publication. A confident communicator with good presentation skills, you will have a sound knowledge of the Chinese language, hold a doctoral degree in Chinese art or be on the point of completing a doctoral thesis. Experience of curatorial work will be an advantage. This post is offered on a two year contract. To apply download an application form from the website at http://www.ashmolean.org/ or telephone 01865 278008. The closing date for applications is 5pm…

Exhibition – The Cipher’s Interval (La Trobe University Museum of Art)

The Cipher’s Interval Lyn Plummer’s installations engage sound and digital imagery and wall and floor forms in a wide range of materials. She investigates the diverse ways that significant meanings can be attached to space, forms, marks, images, sounds and silences, and how connotations of these symbols shift with each exhibition space, the variations of the elements and of the nature of the intervals between them. Lyn Plummer 8 September – 31 October LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/luma/ To be opened by Dr Dan Wollmering, Senior Lecturer Department of Fine Arts, faculty of Art and Design, Monash University. Date: Tuesday 14th September 6-8pm (RSVP Friday 10th September). Public Programs Lyn Plummer in Conversation Date: Friday 24 September, 11am-12pm Venue: La Trobe University Museum of Art LUMA director Vincent Alessi talks to Lyn Plummer abot the…

The Clark Fellowships Program

The Clark Fellowship Program Deadline for 2010 applications: November 1. Candidates will be notified about the action taken on their application around March 1. The Clark offers between fifteen and twenty Clark Fellowships each year, ranging in duration from six weeks to ten months. National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture. Stipends are dependent on salary and sabbatical replacement needs. Housing in the Institute’s Scholars’ Residence, located across the street from the Clark, is also provided. Clark Fellowships are open to academics, curators, and independent scholars whose projects deepen the knowledge, understanding, and interpretation of art and visual culture, broadly conceived. Candidates must already have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience. Fellows are furnished with offices in the library,…

News: Online books and a guide to some online databases

Gutenberg-e online books Columbia University Press has a new site where it is publishing e-monographs. Gutenberg-e (not to be confused with Project Gutenberg) is an open access site that publishes award-winning dissertations as e-books. It appears that Gutenberg-e aims to “offer elements that cannot be conveyed in print: extensive documentation, hyperlinks to supplementary literature, images, music, video, and links to related web sites”. Of interest to art historians is Robert Kirkbride’s Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro, which can be read here. The book has also been recently reviewed by Saundra Weddle on H-net. __________ JISC Collections JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) recently launched a page that acts as an introduction to their online resources. From here you can search across collections and browse the different collections. The collections have a UK focus but are likely…

London calling

Foreign Correspondent London Calling Mark McDonald (Assistant Keeper – Old Master Prints and Spanish Drawings, British Museum). What can only be described a brilliant summer in London is rapidly drawing to a close; brilliant not only for the long hot days that could on occasion be compared to Australia, but what has been on view at the British Museum. Not wanting too much to boast about the Department of Prints and Drawings with its ceaseless offering of exhibitions that delight and inspire, but Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings curated by my colleague Hugo Chapman with Marzia Fiettti of the Uffizi showed 100 drawings, fifty from each collection, that was a revelation. There is good reason to feel exhausted by the endless privileging of the Italian Renaissance in both academia and museums, but this exhibition was an eye-opener showing…

EVCS – Vincent Alessi on Van Gogh’s collection of illustrations

Vincent Alessi ‘It’s a kind of Bible’: A thematic and stylistic analysis of van Gogh’s collection of English black-and-white illustrations During his life Vincent van Gogh assembled a number of important collections, including approximately 2,000 black-and-white popular illustrations. Cut from illustrated newspapers, the majority of the works in this collection were from two pioneering English publications, the Illustrated London News and The Graphic. To date, these illustrations has been widely neglected; scholars have acknowledged the influence of English illustration on Van Gogh’s work, but little has been done in analysing the actual print collection. Why did van Gogh build the collection? Why did he choose certain illustrations over others? What was its thematic and stylistic structure? This paper aims to reveal the complex thematic and stylistic structure which underpins van Gogh’s extensive collection, revealing the influence it had on the…

Artists’ Talks – Basil Sellers Art Prize

Artists’ Talks – Basil Sellers Art Prize 2010 Take part in a conversation between The Ian Potter Museum of Art Curator Bala Starr and finalists of the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2010. Finalists Glenn Morgan & David Ray respond to their works and their experience of the prize. Gain personal insights into the artists’ thought processes and what inspires them. Free Admission. Time: Saturday 11 September, 2.00pm Glenn Morgan is known for his witty dioramas of concerts and sporting events. Works on display include a bus full of Geelong Cats premiership players, the euphoric scene at Sydney Swans 2005 premiership game and Steve Waugh’s final test cricket match in 2004. Morgan’s work celebrates the spirit and energy of Australian sport. David Ray is a ceramicist whose hand-crafted vessels incorporate an abundance of colours, textures and decals. Ray has created trophies…