Terry Lane on Vanishing Sculptures: Australian Open Garden Scheme

Australia’s Open Garden Scheme Terry Lane on ‘The Vanishing Sculptures’ NGV International, Melbourne Wednesday 21 April 2010 Melbourne’s nineteenth-century fathers enriched the city’s gardens and art gallery with copies of classical and neoclassical sculptures. Just what were these statues and why were they removed from public view? Foremost authority on Australian art of the era, respected author and former senior curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, the inimitable, charming and entertaining Terence Lane will give an illustrated lecture which will reveal some at times surprising answers. Following the lecture, the Gallery’s sculpture garden is well worth a visit to view significant examples of modern public sculpture. Australia’s Open Garden Scheme is very grateful to the National Gallery of Victoria for its support of this event. Tickets $24 including morning tea. Wed 21 April 2010, 10.30am. Numbers are strictly limited…

Fifth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

Deadline 15 April 2010 Fifth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices University of Rome Rome, Italy 2-4 February 2011 www.Design-Conference.com Next year’s conference will be held in Rome, Italy. The Design Conference is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of ‘design’, as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of: anthropology, architecture, art, artificial intelligence, business, cognitive science, communication studies, computer science, cultural studies, design studies, education, e-learning, engineering, ergonomics, fashion, graphic design, history, information systems, industrial design, industrial engineering, instructional design, interior…

New online journal from the Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians has recently launched a new online journal. Unlike many other online journals that have simply (and usefully) created sites that publish papers similar to text journals the new SAH journal will take full advantage of new technology. The online version, dubbed JSAH Online, will support presentation methods — such as video, virtual modeling and digital mapping — that academics have employed for some time, but could show off only in venues with the capacity to handle to multimedia exhibitions, such as live demonstrations and museum installations. The first edition features an article about funeral processions in the Roman Forum, which is accompanied by multimedia components such as a 3-D layout of the forum, superimposed on a Google Earth map, where readers can toggle a timeline icon to show how the forum evolved over several centuries.…

CFP: Tangents, interlaces, knots, labyrinths

Closing date for applications: 30 April 2010 LINEA II – Tangents, interlaces, knots, labyrinths. Structure and meaning of lines from antiquity to the contemporary period International Conference organized by Marzia Faietti and Gerhard Wolf 4 – 5 November 2010 The conference is the second meeting of the LINEA Project, which is subdivided into three phases It will discuss fundamental linear structures that correspond to essential elements, iconic or aniconic, of the visual art of various cultures: lines that run parallel to each other, intersect or are interwoven, create labyrinths or indicate the way of escape. The chosen time frame ranges from antiquity to the present day. Not aiming to cover these epochs in a systematic or chronological way, the conference will be constructed on the basis of case studies that may range from Egyptian papyri to the line of Kandinsky…

EMAJ deadline EXTENDED – 15th April 2010

ART HISTORY CALL FOR PAPERS: EMAJ ISSUE 5 2010 www.melbournartjournal.unimelb.edu.au/E-MAJ SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED – NOW 15th April 2010 emaj (electronic Melbourne art journal) is one of the only online, refereed art history journals in Australia. Published annually in association with the University of Melbourne, emaj aims to provide an international forum for the publication of original academic research in all areas and periods of art history. For the 2010 edition of emaj, the editors now seek submissions from researchers investigating the history of art. emaj welcomes monographic articles about specific artists or art collectives as thematic or theoretical analyses of art history from any historical period. Established and emerging researchers working within the fields of art history, architectural history, curatorship, politics and aesthetics, visual culture, philosophy, historiography and museum studies are encouraged to submit. Manuscripts must be submitted by email to…

'Wonder-Lust': The Reception of the Belvedere Sculpture Courtyard

The European Visual Culture Seminar presents: Caterina Sciacca ‘Wonder-Lust’: The Reception of the Belvedere Sculpture Courtyard The Belvedere Sculpture Courtyard houses one of the most famous sculpture collections in the Western world. It has attracted the interests of scholars, artists and tourists since the Renaissance. It originally functioned as a private pleasure garden to which only a privileged few were granted access. In the eighteenth century this changed, and the courtyard became popular with a new audience: the Grand Tourists. For the Grand Tourist, the experience offered by the collection in the Belvedere Sculpture Courtyard was both educational (in that it provided access to some of the masterpieces of antiquity) and aesthetic (in that it encouraged viewers to take pleasure in the representation of the human body). This paper will discuss the sensual nature of the Belvedere Statue Courtyard during…

BHA to continue with free access for all

The Getty has announced on their site that the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) will continue to operate. They state that: Since ending its collaboration with the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST)–CNRS in December 2007, the Getty has been searching for partners to continue the production and distribution of BHA. This process has been complicated, and with no suitable arrangement immediately available, the Getty decided to act on its commitment to the scholarly community by providing access to BHA directly from its own Web site. It can  now be accessed via their website free of charge at http://library.getty.edu/bha. Free Web access to BHA will be an advantage to those who previously could not access it as they didn’t have an institutional subscription. The database search includes both BHA (covering 1990-2007) and the International Bibliography of Art…

Grants from the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Details of funding for travel and publication by the Australian Academy of the Humanities. As part of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ responsibility to foster the study of the humanities in Australia, the Academy has established several international programmes to facilitate Australian scholars to travel overseas, and foreign scholars to travel to Australia, to access materials not held in their home countries and to create links with academics and researchers overseas. These programmes are mostly aimed at post-doctoral researchers in the humanities. The following programmes are offered in 2010 Humanities Travelling Fellowships Fellowships of up to $4,000 each, they are intended to allow early-career humanities researchers to travel overseas for short periods (not less than two weeks) to access materials in connection with their research. This Programme also incorporates: * the Ernst Keller Travelling Fellowships (for travel to European…

Call for Papers: Consumption and Art

Deadline for Submission: April 20, 2010 This panel explores consumption as it relates to art and visual culture. Papers may deal with consumption as a subject matter and/or consumption as a dominant ideological paradigm within specific historical/cultural contexts. Papers may also address the ways in which consumption, in both practice and theory, shapes identities and transgresses or reinforces boundaries of many kinds; including but not limited to those that are geographical, political, social, and historical. Consumption could also be discussed in terms of the making, exhibiting, and viewing of fine art and other types of images, objects, and/or spaces. Submissions that question the impact that consumption has upon the environment and upon one’s sense of self and place are especially welcome, as are papers that explore the relationship between advertising and art. While all media, genres and time periods will…

CFP Images at Work: Image and Efficacy from Antiquity to the Rise of Modernity

Conference – Images at Work: Image and Efficacy from Antiquity to the Rise of Modernity. Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut 30 September – 2 October 2010 According to legend, Virgil made a fly out of bronze and placed it above the gates of Naples.  The sole purpose of the bronze fly was to prevent other flies from entering the city.  The conference Images at Work will set out to explore the intention, function, and reception of images like Virgil’s fly: images made to influence the natural world. We seek to examine the theories behind the construction of these operative images, to interrogate how the production of apotropaic images related to the production of Art, and to question how the manufacture of such working images interacted with the production of other types of mechanical apparatus. In contrast to religious miracle-working images…