Contemporaneity and Art

CONTEMPORANEITY AND ART Two days of public lectures, panel discussions and seminars for the initiative to establish the Australian Institute of Art History and the VCAM, University of Melbourne. Free admission. Thursday 22 July, 2010 HISTORIES OF CONTEMPORARY ART Keynote lecture: “Histories of contemporary art: paradoxes, antinomies, contingencies” –  Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh. Time: 6pm Venue: Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne Parkville.

Melbourne Open House – Speaker Series

Speaker Series – No 1 Design City! Built Melbourne Melbourne Open House presents two free speakers series in an expanded programme for 2010. Date: Tuesday 6 July 2010 Topic: Design City! Built Melbourne Time: Doors open at 6.00pm and close at 9.00pm Presentations start at 6.30pm sharp Event Location: Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston, St Melbourne 3000 Presented By: Melbourne Open House (MOH) + The Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) Further details: See the MOH website This is a unique opportunity for the people of Melbourne to listen to some of our great architects and designers discuss the ideas behind their built works in a relaxed and friendly forum. Each evening eight key speakers will have just 10 minutes to present their work and capture your imagination – come and be inspired Our first speaker series of the season…

Call for Papers: American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

42nd ASECS Annual Meeting March 17 – 20, 2011, Vancouver, BC Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the seminar chairs no later than 15 September 2010. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. You should also let the session chair know of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests. We actively encourage presentations by younger and untenured scholars. There are a selection of panels of interest to art historians detailed below for full details of all panels and how to submit a paper please see the ASECS website Panels of interest to art historians include:

NGV Talk this Thursday: The Long Portrait Gallery with Curator Laurie Benson

The NGV has recently re-hung a portion of their extensive portrait collection to create ‘The Long Portrait Gallery: Renaissance and Barqoue Faces’. The new space includes works by Bernini, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, EL Greco, Titian, Tintoretto and Rubens. Join curator Laurie Benson at this talk and gain a greater insight into the artist’s practices and colourful stories of their sitters featured in this newly presented space. Speaker: Laurie Benson, Curator of International Art, NGV. Cost: Free Time: Thursday 1st July, 12:30pm Venue: Exhibition Space, Level 1, NGV International

Call for Papers: AAANZ Conference ‘Tradition and Transformation’

Tradition and Transformation – AAANZ Conference 2010 1-3 December – University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Art Gallery of South Australia Proposals for papers for the 2010 AANZ conference are now being called for. Deadline for submissions: Friday 13 August 2010. AAANZ website – This year’s AAANZ conference will be held from 1–3 December 2010, that is Wednesday to Friday, with a late afternoon start, keynote speaker and drinks on the Wednesday, and the papers on the Thursday and the Friday. A range of university and gallery partners will come together to deliver another very exciting conference. A post-graduate training day will be held on the 1st. It is important that members alert their students to this important teaching and learning opportunity which will include international speakers. Dr Pamela Zeplin co-ordinates this part of the programme. You…

Call for Applications – Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2011 : Art, Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization.

Call for Applications – Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2011 : Art, Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization. The Mediterranean, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent (MeCAIS) 400-1650 Six Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships, sponsored by The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles Deadline for Applications: 15 September 2010 The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (Max-Planck-Institute) is pleased to announce the start of the second year of the research program “Art, Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization: The Mediterranean, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent (MeCAIS) 400-1650”, sponsored by the Getty Foundation. It offers up to six non-residential doctoral/postdoctoral fellowships, beginning Jan. 1, 2011. The project rethinks the postcolonial agenda through a study of premodern world orders and historical concepts of space and mobility with special attention to artistic objects, monuments and heritage. The fellowship program is intended…

Australian Art Industry Networks: Artists, Agents, Markets and Museums

Australian Art Industry Networks: Artists, Agents, Markets and Museums Keynote Speakers: The Hon Peter Garrett, AM, MP, Minister for the Arts and Sam Leach, 2010 Archibald and Wynne Prize winner Thursday 15 – Friday 16 July, 2010, University of Melbourne Australian Art Industry Networks brings together a broad range of specialist speakers from all corners of the art world to discuss and debate a host of current issues affecting the industry today. It will investigate the inter-connections between various elements of the Australian art world – from artists and collectors, to commercial galleries and the auction houses, through to critics, government agencies and museums. Topics to be considered include the implications of the recently introduced resale royalty scheme, the current state of the Australian Aboriginal art industry, the potential impact of the Cooper Review recommendations, and the recent legal rulings…

UPDATED Imaging Identity: Symposium at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

This symposium explores the possibilities and challenges of the digital age to the way we image identity. Hosted by the National Portrait Gallery and the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, in conjunction with the exhibition Present tense: An imagined grammar of portraiture in the digital age and the 17th Biennale of Sydney. The keynote lectures are: Thursday 15th July, 6pm:  Migration, law and the image: beyond the veil of ignorance – WJT Mitchell Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago. Friday 16th July, 6pm: Who am I? What day is it? – David Elliott Independent curator and artistic director 17th Biennale of Sydney. Saturday 17th July, 2pm: Rembrandt, or the portrait as encounter- Didier Maleuvre Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of California. Venue: National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace (Canberra) Cost/Bookings:…

Talk: David Hansen – ‘Seeing Truganini’

ABR Calbre Prize: Seeing Truganini The Wheeler Centre Auditorium Thursday 24th June The Australian Book Review’s Calibre Prize is an annual celebration of an outstanding essay. Dr David Hansen, discusses his winning essay ‘Seeing Truganini’ and the stigmas surrounding indigenous art with curators Brenda L Croft and Tony Brown. Further details are on the Wheeler Centre website. Chaired by Peter Mares. David Hansen Over the course of his career Dr David Hansen has curated or managed more than 80 exhibitions, including landmark projects such as John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque (2003), The Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial (1993) and The Face of Australia (1988). Venue: The Wheeler Centre Auditorium, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Time: 6:15pm -7:15pm, Thursday 24th June. Cost: Free but bookings are recommended, see the website for details

Call for Papers: Conference on The Material Imagination from Antiquity to Modernity

The Material Imagination from Antiquity to Modernity 5-6 November 2010 School of Art History, University of St Andrews, Scotland Deadline for proposals: 10 September 2010 As the term materiality gains ever more currency, its critical meaning continues to recede. The purpose of this conference is to investigate an engagement with materials that goes beyond such familiar tropes as ‘conspicuous consumption’ or ‘truth to materials’.  One valuable approach was provided by the philosopher of science Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), who coined the term ‘the material imagination’ to mean an insight into substance that preceded intellectual apprehension. We now live in a world ruled by the Periodic Table, but Bachelard dwelt on the Aristotelian essence of Nature, the Four Elements and their limitless permutations at the hands of the Four Humours. In terms of artistic practice, the ‘material imagination’ poses the more immediate…