News | A New Museum of Contemporary Art for Melbourne University

A Large House and Garden, 1997
Acrylic on canvas
 Estate of Howard Arkley
213 X 305 cm via http://michaelbuxtoncollection.com.au/the-collection/2

News that Melbourne University has received a $26 million gift of contemporary art from the property developer and art collector Michael Buxton. The collection will be housed in a new purpose-built museum on the VCA Southbank campus. The museum will operate in conjunction with the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art. Director, Kelly Gellatly said, “The Collection, which has been established with curatorial rigour, will enable the establishment of an extraordinary museum. It will showcase exhibitions that embrace experimentation and explore some of the major concerns of the 21st Century.…

Call for Papers | Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activism | Melbourne July 2015

The Australian Centre and the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network (HRAE) are presenting the 6th Biennial Conference of the Australian Animal Studies Group at the University of Melbourne from July 12-15, 2015. The call for papers is now open. We want to hear from scholars, academics, activists and thinkers. Abstracts of 250 words are due Monday 22 December, 2014, please send to aasg-conference@unimelb.edu.au Conference website: http://humananimal.arts.unimelb.edu.au/news/call-papers-animal-publics-emotions-empathy-activism Call for papers The human/nonhuman animal relationship is continually in flux. In the twenty-first century our relationship with other species is more…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | November 28th 2014

Jobs International Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Theology, Imagination and the Arts - University of St Andrews, School of Divinity – deadline 15th January 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics, Art and Expression, University of Sheffield – Department of Politics – deadline 22nd December 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences – deadline 13th February 2015 Art Historian: Modernist/Americanist, Utah State University – open until filled Postdoctoral/ MFA Fellowship: 2015-16, Pennsylvania State University, Institute of the Arts and Humanities- deadline 16th…

CHANGE OF VENUE: MPG Seminar on Edward Burne-Jones

Edward Burne-Jones, Portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes, 1895-96. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Monday 1 December, 6:30pm. CHANGE OF VENUE: Visual Culture Resource Centre,  3rd Floor (next door to Room 344), East Tower,John Medley Building. This paper will investigate Sir Edward Burne-Jones’s enigmatic portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes (1895-96), which was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in late 2005. Baronne Deslandes (1866–1929) was the celebrated hostess of a cultured Parisian salon that was frequented by renowned artists, poets and composers. Using contemporary accounts of Deslandes, this paper will explore the degree to which her portrait by Burne-Jones reflected her character. Capturing a sitter’s likeness…

Lecture | Divided emotions, radical religions and apocalyptic expectations in the sixteenth-century Augsburg ‘Book of Miracles’ | Jenny Spinks

mage: Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 114: “In 1533, three suns shone similarly…” Courtesy of Day Faber.

Sixteenth-century printed and manuscript wonder books compiled reports of comets, floods, earthquakes, monstrous births, and other terrifying and extraordinary phenomena. Such compendia appeared in great numbers after 1556, and German-language wonder books were produced most commonly in Switzerland and in northern German lands. Some wonder books also appeared before the mid-1550s, and in other German regions, although these are works that have received much less attention and analysis. This paper will examine a recently-discovered and richly illustrated manuscript wonder book that was produced in Augsburg in the late 1540s, during…

Lecture | The Rococo Erotics of Disguise and Innocence: Revisiting the issue of viewing pleasure in the ancien régime | Patricia Simons

"Jupiter in the Guise of Diana, and the Nymph Callisto" by François Boucher (1759). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The erotic pleasure of rococo art is usually considered frivolous and feminine, but what if the seeming superficiality and insincerity did have emotive impact? By considering images of playful babes and mythological nymphs, this lecture demonstrates that the masquerade of insignificance enabled the true mask, the nonchalant disguise of innocence, which nevertheless luxuriated in sensuality. Patricia Simons’ scholarly interests include the art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France and the Netherlands) with a special focus on the representation of gender and sexuality and interdisciplinary research on materiality, visuality and material…

Lecture | The Lie of the Land – John Dixon Hunt

John Dixon Hunt

Landscape architecture requires an attention to topography and geology, to how land lies on the surface of the earth and to what the architect does to what they find. All landscape architecture is essentially and excitingly a “lie”, a falsehood, or what Shakespeare calls a “feigned truth”. To explore this paradox, Professor John Dixon Hunt will invoke six different designs from the 16th and 20th centuries. John Dixon Hunt is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the former Director of Studies in Landscape Architecture at…

Reminder | ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’ David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies | 10-12 December, Sydney

François Boucher, French, 1748, Oil on canvas, 116 x 133 in. 71.PA.37

Online registration closes soon for the David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XV. 10-12 December 2014 | The University of Sydney | Sydney, Australia The Sydney Intellectual History Network and ‘Putting Periodisation to Use’ Research Group at the University of Sydney invite you to the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar (DNS), with the theme ‘Ideas and Enlightenment’. Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the DNS conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who…

Studio Open Day | Gertrude Contemporary

Image David Brazier and Kelda Free, Untitled, film still, 2014.

SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2014, 12.00PM–4.30PM Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio Artists will open their studios to the public for the afternoon of Saturday 29 November 2014, 12–4.30pm. This is an exclusive opportunity to visit the sixteen studios upstairs, view works in progress, and meet with the artists. It complements the annual Gertrude Studios exhibition, Part Two of which is currently on display. Gertrude’s current Studio Artists are Ross Coulter, Sean Bailey, Tully Moore, Claire Lambe, Sarah CrowEST, Jess Johnson, Sean Peoples, Scott Miles, Danae Valenza, Helen Grogan, Søren Dahlgaard, Hamishi Farah, Bridie…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Emily Wubben: ‘Artistic Souls: Baronne Madeleine Deslandes and her portrait by Edward Burne-Jones’

Edward Burne-Jones, Portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes, 1895-96. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Please note venue change – seminar will now be held in the Visual Resource Centre in the John Medley building. Time and date are the same. This paper will investigate Sir Edward Burne-Jones’s enigmatic portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes (1895-96), which was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in late 2005. Baronne Deslandes (1866–1929) was the celebrated hostess of a cultured Parisian salon that was frequented by renowned artists, poets and composers. Using contemporary accounts of Deslandes, this paper will explore the degree to which her portrait by Burne-Jones reflected…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | November 21st 2014

Jobs Australia Curator (Exhibitions, Residencies, International Visitors Program and Partnerships), ARTSPACE, Sydney – deadline 8th December 2014 Curator (Exhibitions, Project Space, Publishing and Online), ARTSPACE, Sydney – deadline 8th December 2014 Director, Griffith Artworks, Queensland College of Art – deadline 14th January 2014 International Project Curator: Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Collections, The British Museum – Britain, Europe and Prehistory – deadline 27th November 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowships, Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Berlin – deadline January 12th, 2015 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities – deadline 10th January 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Studies…

Conversation | Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses | NGV International

Andy Warhol (American, 1928 – 1987), Sarah Bernhardt, from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century, 1980, screenprint on paper, 40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Lorraine and Martin Beitler, 2006-64.9 ©2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York / feldmangallery.com

Held in conjunction with The Jewish Museum’s exhibition Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses (20 Nov 2014-24 May 2015), join the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia Rebecca Forgasz in conversation with the Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna Danielle Spera. Danielle Spera was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna in 2010. From 1978 till 2010 she worked as a journalist, correspondent, reporter, and anchorwoman at ORF-TV Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation. She is the author of numerous books and articles on contemporary art, Jewish topics, and for the magazine NU. Since…

Discussions and Workshops for the opening of Emily Floyd: The Daw at NGV

Emily Floyd, The Dawn (Maquette) 2014, wood, synthetic polymer paint
37.5 x 60.0 x 70.0 cm (overall), Collection of the artist, Melbourne. © Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Celebrate the opening weekend of Emily Floyd: The Dawn at the National Gallery of Victoria with a series of discussions and hands-on workshops. About the Exhibition | Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature works dating from 2001 to 2014 including lesser-known early works, major installations and a newly commissioned children’s project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s. Floyd works across the mediums of sculpture and printmaking and is known for her installations and public…

Ursula Hoff Dinner | University of Melbourne

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The Art History discipline at the Faculty of Artsis hosting a dinner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr Ursula Hoff’s arrival in Australia from London in December 1939. Dr Hoff was sponsored by the University Women’s College (now University College), at the University of Melbourne. Dr Hoff went on to have a distinguished career at the University and at the National Gallery of Victoria. This dinner is an opportunity to acknowledge Dr Hoff’s unique contribution to Australian culture. During the dinner, Kelly Gellatly, the Director of the University’s Ian…

News | Kirsty Grant appointed new Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Heide has announced that Kirsty Grant has been appointed the new Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art. Kirsty Grant is currently the Senior Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980 at the NGV. She recently curated the very successful Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design and the current retrospective of the work of Robert Jacks. She will take up her new role in January 2015. From Heide Chair of the Board, Jennifer Darbyshire, said that Ms Grant’s expertise in modern Australian art and significant curatorial…