Lecture: Sophie Matthieson ‘Drawing a Long Bow? Boccherini and the Madrid Visit’

The Friends of the Gallery Library ‘Drawing a Long Bow? Boccherini and the Madrid Visit’ Sophie Matthiesson Curator, International Art, National Gallery of Victoria Thursday 27 May, 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm This lecture follows the young virtuoso composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini to the Spanish court, where he arrived in 1768, aged twenty-four. The glittering cultural scene of Madrid and its surrounding royal palaces boasted some of Europe’s finest artists and attracted a stream of noble and diplomatic visitors and many key figures of the Enlightenment. In such a cosmopolitan milieu numerous opportunities existed for a portrait of this musical celebrity to be painted. The origins of the National Gallery of Victoria portrait of Luigi Boccherini continue to elude scholars and curators. This discussion opens up a new and unexplored avenue of inquiry, by proposing a Spanish context for its…

Architecture and Philosophy: Lauren Brown ‘Listening and Silence in the built environment’

ARCHITECTURE+PHILOSOPHY Listening and silence in the built environment Lauren Brown Time: 6:30pm Thursday, 27 May 2010 in Venue: RMIT 8.11.68 (Building 8, 360 Swanston St. Level 11, lecture theatre 68, to the right of the lifts). Following her Masters research into sound in the public realm, Lauren will be discussing the act of listening, the changing spaces for quiet and the unchanging need for contemplation in the built environment. Looking at natural, urban and technospaces like the grotto, the cloister, the autobahn and the set of headphones, Lauren will unpack the nature of sound in the public realm and how we listen in contemporary cities. Lauren’s project-based work is influenced by conceptual and installation art practice. Based in Melbourne and (soon to be) Berlin, she is a recent Masters graduate from the RMIT Art in Public Space program. Lauren has…

CFP: The Fifth International Conference on Arts in Society, Sydney

The Fifth International Conference on Arts in Society, Sydney July 2010 Deadline: 15 June 2010 The 2010 Conference will be held at the University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia from 22-25 July 2010 alongside the 17th Biennale of Sydney, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age. The 2010 Arts Conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the arts in society. Plenary speakers will include leading thinkers and practitioners in the arts, as well as paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by researchers and practitioners in all fields of artistic engagement. We invite prospective participants to submit a presentation proposal for one of the following parallel session options: a 30-minute paper; a 60-minute workshop; a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session; or a virtual session. We also encourage innovative presentation…

CFP: The New British Sculpture – Reviewing the persistence of an idea, c.1850-present

The New British Sculpture: Reviewing the persistence of an idea, c.1850-present Henry Moore Institute 18 February 2011 Deadline: 30 June 2010. British sculpture has been frequently singled out as an area of outstanding cultural expertise. Numerous major exhibitions and accompanying catalogues, including British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century (1981), Un Siècle de Sculpture Anglaise (1996) and Sculpture in 20th-Century Britain (2003) have subscribed to the idea of a distinct ‘strand’, ‘school’ or ‘family’ of artistic endeavour. This idea has been presented as having been rejuvenated by a cycle of Oedipal renewal in which successive groups of younger artists have been seen to overthrow the practices of the previous generation. Among British sculpture’s recent enfants terribles are the ‘Young British Artists’ of the 1990s, the ‘New Sculptors’ of the 1980s and the ‘New Generation’ sculptors of the 1960s who ousted such…

Lecture: Restoring our Icons – The Royal Exhibition Buildings

Restoring our Icons National Archaeology Week 2010 Lecture Series Tuesday 18 May 2010, 6-7pm Peter Lovell and Fraser Brown talk about work on Australia’s first built World Heritage Listed site. Major conservation and restoration work has been undertaken on the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens over the past four decades. Architecture and heritage consultants Peter Lovell and Fraser Brown from Lovell Chen have actively contributed to the renaissance of the complex that culminated in its 2004 inscription on the World Heritage List. Projects undertaken at various times included the removal of massive additions, external and internal fabric conservation, and subtle adaptive reuse works. They were responsible for reroofing works, including the stabilisation and re-slating of the dome, and extensive render repair and reconstruction – the north façade has largely been rebuilt. Inside, the 1901 decorative treatment was investigated and…

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities Call for Applications, 2011-12 Topic: Adaptions Five (5) one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2011-2012 academic year for untenured scholars in the humanities (including art and architectural history) who received or will receive their Ph.D. between December 2002 and December 2010. The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms (see Guidelines below). The programs of the Penn Humanities Forum are conceived through yearly topics that invite broad interdisciplinary collaboration. For the 2011–2012 academic year, the theme set is Adaptations (the topic director is Warren Breckman). Humanists and those in related fields are invited to submit research proposals on any aspect of this topic, except educational curriculum building and the performing arts. Fellows teach one undergraduate course in addition to…

CFP: Art on the Street (South Korea)

Call for Papers: Art on the Street The Korean Society of Art Theories, Seoul, KOREA October 24, 2010 We seek to build upon the recent discussion on public art and community by investigating specific examples of the practices of contemporary art inparticular contexts. We pay attention to the way in which the process of creation, perception, and reception of the artwork relates to the formation of a community. We invite papers on mural projects, site-specific urban planning projects, parks, public monuments, and other types of community-oriented projects. Discussions on a project or network of activities that form relationships among participants and a public are also encouraged. At the same time, we hope to explore artistic practices that resist or negotiate in terms of everyday life, localization, globalization, and social and cultural structures. We also encourage papers that revisit the issue…

CFP – Art History's History in Australia and New Zealand

Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand A joint symposium organised by the University of Melbourne and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Art Historians (AAANZ) The symposium is conceived in conjunction with the residency of Professor Richard Woodfield (University of Glasgow) who will be a visiting international fellow in the Faculty of Arts University of Melbourne from August until October 2010. Richard Woodfield is the editor of a new e-journal on art historiography and a new series of monographs in art historiography. Visit the journal here http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/arthistoriography The mission statement for this journal states that the editorial board will ignore the disciplinary boundaries imposed by the Anglophone expression ‘art history’ and allow and encourage the full range of enquiry that encompassed the visual arts in its broadest sense as well as topics now falling within archaeology, anthropology,…

NGV Talk: Nineteenth Century Furniture – Bugatti, Adnet and Koppel

Genevieve Tyack (Australian Academy of Design) will give a floor talk in the Decorative Arts galleries, which addresses how beauty dominates over function in the nineteenth-century furniture designs of Bugatti, Adnet & Koppel. All Welcome Date: Friday 21st May, 12:30pm Venue: NGV International – meet at Information Desk, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd.

Reminder: Dr Lucy-Anne Hunt Lecture Thursday 13 May

The Fine Arts Network in collaboration with Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, present: The Joseph Burke Lecture 2010 Dr Lucy-Anne Hunt Professor and Head of Art, Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, England ‘Eastern Christian Art and Culture: Convergence between Jerusalem, Greater Syria and Egypt between the 12th-14th Centuries’ Lucy-Anne Hunt’s interests and publications focus on cross-cultural analysis between Byzantine and Islamic, and Christian and Muslim art and culture in the Middle Ages through the study of Byzantine, Eastern Christian – especially Coptic and Syrian – as well as Crusader art. Date: Thursday 13 May 2010,  6.30pm Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre, University of Melbourne (Parkville). Free Public Lecture All Welcome.   Bookings not required Enquires: registrar@hildas.unimelb.edu.edu.au