Lecture – Robert Storr: A Tour of Babel Exhibitions and Fairs in a Shape-Shifting Art World

Robert Storr Dean, Yale School of Art A Tour of Babel Exhibitions and Fairs in a Shape-Shifting Art World Presented by the Monash Museum of Art and the Melbourne Art Foundation. This lecture is part of the program for the Melbourne Art Fair. Where once there were only two biennials – Venice and Sao Paulo – there are now well over one hundred. Where once there were only a handful of art fairs, now there are dozens. And where once there were international styles, now there are global markets. Can sense be made of art and can ideas really be exchanged amidst this proliferation or have we entered into a period when scanning has replaced seeing, keeping track has replaced paying attention, and information has replaced meaning? – Robert Storr, 2010 Robert Storr is Dean of the Yale School of…

Lecture: Bill Henson ‘The Light and the Dark and the Shades of Grey’

The Melbourne Art Foundation 2010 Lecture Bill Henson ‘The Light and the Dark and the Shades of Grey’ BMW Edge, Federation Square Monday 2 August, 6.00pm – 7.30pm Update: If you missed the lecture you can download an abridged version of the talk from Radio National’s Artworks website here – http://www.abc.net.au/rn/artworks/stories/2010/2981304.htm Or you can watch it at The Monthly website here – http://www.themonthly.com.au/bill-henson-light-and-dark-and-shades-grey-2659 Presented by Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne Art Foundation and the City of Melbourne’s Melbourne Conversations Program. This lecture is part of the program for the Melbourne Art Fair. We should be wary of governments and interest groups who try to impose restrictions on the free exercise of the artistic imagination. Our zeal to protect innocence should not come at the cost of violating artistic experience. If we believe that art is a high form of…

Lecture – ‘Art History and the Diaspora: Ernst Gombrich and the problem of being a Viennese art historian in London’

Professor Richard Woodfield University of Glasgow Art History and the Diaspora: Ernst Gombrich and the problem of being a Viennese art historian in London 5-6:15 pm Friday 13th August Although Ernst Gombrich attained great eminence through his publications The Story of Art (1950) and Art and Illusion (1960), the precise nature of his work as a commentator on the academic practice of art history never really found a home in British art history. Unlike Erwin Panofsky, who adjusted to the American scene by dropping his commitment to abstract theory, Gombrich’s theoretical commitments were always at the front of his mind. Two of the great English art historians, Lord Clark and Francis Haskell, admitted that they never properly understood him. Norman Bryson, Gombrich’s arch-critic, failed even to recognise his involvement with semiotics decades before it became fashionable. Gombrich’s approach to art…

Conference ‘Charles Darwin and the Art of Evolution’

Charles Darwin and The Art of Evolution Conference, 9-11 September 2010 Art Gallery of New South Wales Conference presented by the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts, the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (NSW Chapter) and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in association with National Institute of Dramatic Art. During Charles Darwin’s five-year round-the-world voyage, he surveyed the fauna and flora of many countries, particularly in South America and Australia. He was, in fact, the first British scientist to study a platypus in its natural environment – a creek at Bathurst. These observations formed the basis for his theory of evolution by natural selection. From publication of The Origin of Species, most intellectual disciplines have been transformed by his theories of evolution. This is most potently revealed by visual cultures in the form…

Call for Papers: Tradition and Transformation in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

AAANZ Conference, Adelaide 1-3 December 2010 Session Call for Papers – ‘Tradition and Transformation in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’ In keeping with the overall theme of the conference, this session proposes to examine the broad theme of artistic engagement with tradition and its transformative outcomes in artistic theory and practice during the Baroque and Rococo periods. In an era when artists worked within largely traditional networks of production and patronage, how did they negotiate/subvert/enforce tradition? This session welcomes papers that address any aspect of theory and practice across all media 1600-1800. If you would like to contribute a paper for this session please contact the convenors: David Maskill Senior Lecturer, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington – david.maskill@vuw.ac.nz Associate Professor Jennifer Milam, Department of Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney – …

Call for Papers: Elegance and Excesses: war, gold and borrowings: architecture in the 1860s in New Zealand

Elegance and Excesses: war, gold and borrowings: architecture in the 1860s Date: Friday 3rd December 2010 Venue: School of Architecture, Victoria University, Wellington Convener: Christine McCarthy (christine.mccarthy@vuw.ac.nz) Call for Papers Abstracts due: Monday 30th August 2010 The 1860s were an eventful time for architecture in New Zealand. On the eve of the decade, in 1859, William Mason became the first person to be a registered architect in New Zealand. The scene was thus set for the English idea of architecture as a profession to more substantially impact on our land. From the decade’s beginning were the start of civil wars and the discovery of gold, with New Zealand’s first major gold rush in Otago. It was war and gold which crudely distinguished the decade’s histories of the North Island and South Islands. Papers (15-20 min) presenting new research which examines…

Exhibition – ‘Backstage with the Ballet Russes by Daryl Lindsay’

The new gallery at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in Tasma Terrace, East Melbourne will open this Saturday, 24th July with the exhibition Backstage with the Ballet Russes (1936-40). The exhibition will show thirty rare and never been seen before sketches of the Ballets Russes from Sir Daryl Lindsay, former Director of the National Gallery of Victoria. Sir Daryl Lindsay joined a list of many notable Australian artists who found inspiration in the tours of the Ballets Russes. These thirty sketches from Lindsay include costumes from the Australian Ballet. The launch of BackStage with the Ballets Russes by Daryl Lindsay (1936-1940) coincides with the opening up of the Trust’s headquarters – Tasma Terrace – to the public during the weekend of 24 & 25 July as part of Melbourne Open House. Tasma Terrace will be open 10am – 4pm…

Call for Papers: 'Perspectives on public space in Rome, from antiquity to the present day'

Perspectives on public space in Rome, from antiquity to the present day Biennial of Public Space Italian National Institute for Urban Planners (INU) Ex-Slaughterhouse in Testaccio Rome, Italy – May 13-14, 2011 Please direct all enquiries to the organisers – Gregory Smith gos2@cornell.edu Cornell in Rome and Jan Gadeyne jg385@cornell.edu Cornell in Rome Website: http://www.biennalespaziopubblico.it/en/ The conference is an integral part of the three-day Biennial of Public Space organized by the Italian National Institute for Urban Planners (INU). It wishes to bring together various perspectives on public space in the city of Rome pertaining to any historical period. The aim of the conference is to open debate on the notion of public space across time, interpreted as a fluid concept having architectural, institutional, political, social, religious, phenomenological, and artistic relevance. These suggestions are by no means exhaustive, and wish simply…

Free Public Lecture: Lorraine Connelly-Northey

Lorraine Connelly-Northey Free Public Lecture at Holmesglen Thursday 5th August, 2010 For all enquiries and bookings (essential) please call Holmesglen: 03 9209  5605 Lorraine Connelly-Northey reinterprets traditional Aboriginal implements and clothing using found materials included discarded fencing wire, rusted tin and weathered iron. The artist’s practice is ecologically sound and references the traditional grass and sedge weaving techniques indigenous to the women of the Mallee and the Riverina. Lorraine will be speaking at Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus. Refreshments will follow the lecture. Flier as pdf Lorraine Connelly-Northey Lecture pdf Venue: C1.2.02, Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, 488 Batesford Road, Chadstone 3148, Melway ref: 69 E1. Time: 6pm, Tursday 5th August, 2010.

State of Design festival: Art related events

The State of Design festival begins tomorrow and runs till the 25th of July. Below are a few of the more art-related events. For a full program and further details about the below events see the website – http://www.stateofdesign.com.au/ Some events may attract an entry fee. 175 Years of Design – http://www.stateofdesign.com.au/Public-Events/All-Events/175-years-design Part exhibition, part open forum. The 30-metre long installation reflects on Victoria’s design history and encourages visitors to share their stories. The exhibition draws on photographs, archival materials, graphics and sketches to retell tales of design in our daily life from 1835 to present day. 17-18 July, 10am-5pm ($10 entry fee for public). Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson St, Carlton. 3D Stencil Project – http://www.stateofdesign.com.au/Public-Events/All-Events/3D-stencil-project Your average two-dimensional stencil artist goes out on the street with a cardboard stencil and a can of spray paint. With the 3D Stencil,…