NGV Talk: Mark Shepheard – ‘Jacopo Amigoni and his portrait of Farinelli and Friends’ (June 25th 12:30pm)

Mark Shepheard will give a floor talk on Jacopo Amigoni’s Portrait group: The singer Farinelli and friends, c. 1750-52. He will discuss the many faces of Farinelli, and the place of the this painting within the singer’s extensive portrait collection. Speaker: Mark Shepheard, The University of Melbourne Cost: Free Meet: Information Desk, Ground level, NGV International (St Kilda Rd). Date: Friday 25th June, 12:30pm.

Symposium: Alternative Practices in Design: The Collective – Past, Present & Future

Alternative Practices in Design: The Collective – Past, Present & Future 9-10 July 2010 RMIT University, Melbourne The rise of social networking and peer-2-peer technology development, the return of community focused activities (eg. gardens, knitting groups, food cooperatives) and creative collectives across the fields of the visual and performing arts has reawakened the discourse around human capital, flat structures and collectives. In response to this an international Symposium on the theme of the design collective is being convened at RMIT University in July 2010 with participants from Europe, the UK, and Australasia. The Collective offers a powerful model to conceptualise and experience the practice of design. Recent, high-quality research will be presented which uncovers historical and contemporary examples: real, virtual or theoretical; cultural and organisational theories; and, associated collective modes of practice and their ramifications for gender and political activism.…

Symposium – European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th – 20th Century

Symposium European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th Century Saturday 19th June – NGV International European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th–20th Century comes to the NGV as part of the highly successful Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. The exhibition brings together a remarkable collection from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, one of the finest art collections in Europe. Alongside the great German masters Friedrich, Stuck, Corinth, Heckel and Beckmann, European Masters includes beautiful Impressionist works by Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne, as well as important paintings by Klinger, Munch and Bonnard. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see a spectacular array of the finest European art spanning the dynamic and transformative years of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Join us for the rare and exciting opportunity to hear about this spectacular exhibition from the Director and Curator of the Städel Museum and others. Program…

Architecture and Philosophy: Professor Jane Rendell ‘May Mo(u)rn’

ARCHITECTURE + PHILOSOPHY May Mo(u)rn: A Site-Writing Professor Jane Rendell Time: 6.30pm, Thursday June 10th Venue:  RMIT 8.11.68 (Building 8, 360 Swanston St. Level 11, lecture theatre 68, to the right of the lifts) May Mo(u)rn is a site-writing which takes a collection of abandoned black and white photographs of modernist architectural icons found in a derelict arts and crafts house called ‘May Morn’ as a starting point for a discussion of the modernist project and its socialist ideals. Morn and mourn are homonyms, one suggests a beginning, the other an ending. Morning begins the day, while mourning – in grieving the loss of something or someone – marks an ending. Due to their deteriorating material states, the May Morn house and the paper of the photographs point towards their own disintegration – or endings, yet the buildings contained within…

The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture

Felix Krämer Head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century, Modern Painting and Sculpture The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture The annual lecture of Sculpture is presented jointly by the Duldig Studio and the National Gallery of Victoria. This lecture will be presented by Felix Kramer head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century, Modern Painting and Sculpture. He will focus upon sculptures from within the collection of the Städel Museum collection by eminent European artists including Rodin, Renoir, Degas and Beckmann. Time: Monday 21st June, 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV Internation (St Kilda Rd, enter North entrance via the Arts Centre forecourt). Cost: Free (complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival). Enquiries and Bookings: 03 8662 1555, 10am – 5pm.

Call for Papers: Italian Studies – New Directions

Italian Studies – New Directions The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) Sixth Biennial Conference The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, 13 – 16 July 2011. The 2011 ACIS conference explores the most recent directions taken by the multifarious and interdisciplinary research areas within ‘Italian Studies’ (including Italian literature, history, art history, linguistics, translation studies, migration and border studies, cinema studies, anthropology, sociology). Confirmed speakers include: Prof Margherita Ganeri (Università della Calabria) Prof David Moss (Università degli Studi di Milano) Prof Nerida Newbigin (Sydney University) Prof Gary Radke (Syracuse University) Prof Sharon Wood (University of Leicester) The committee of the 2011 ACIS Conference invites submissions of session proposals for the 2011 Conference. The sessions may be on any of the following areas: Italian language teaching, Linguistics, Migration and border studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Literature, Business, Cinema studies, Cultural studies, Translation…

Volunteering opportunity at the Johnston Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts

The Johnston Collection, Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts in East Melbourne is inviting applications from anyone interested in becoming a voluntary guide. Successful applicants will be required to take part in an intensive 12 session training programme to be held on 12 successive Mondays commencing 19 July 2010. For further information and an application form contact The Johnston Collection. Telephone: 9416 2515 email: Website:

News: Art Gallery of South Australia Announces New Director

Last week the Chairman of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Michael Abbott QC, announced that Nick Mitzevich would be the new Director of the Gallery. The previous director, Christopher Menz, resigned from the post in January this year. Nick Mitzevich is currently the Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane and was formerly Director of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery. At forty years old, Mr Mitzevich is the youngest person to assume the role of Director in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s 129 year history. Nick Mitzevich said, “It is an honour to have been selected as the new Director. The Art Gallery of South Australia has a dynamic history which is most inspiring and I look forward to enhancing the extraordinary collection and continuing to enlighten, surprise and stimulate visitors with accessible and thoughtful…

Reminder: David Saunders Founders Grant Closes Soon

DAVID SAUNDERS FOUNDER’S GRANT The aim of the David Saunders Founders Grant is to foster new research in architectural history and theory. Applications can be made to apply for funds to assist in field-work, archival assistance, printing and reproduction costs in preparation for publication. The award cannot be used to fund conference travel or registration. The Grant will total AUD$2000. More detail in this post

Call For Papers: New Directions in Neo-Impressionism (London, 20 Nov 10)

Call for Papers New Directions in Neo-Impressionism Richmond, the American International University in London, UK Saturday 20 November 2010 Proposals of approx. 250 words due by 1 July to: 2010 marks the centenary of the death of Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross (1856-1910) as well as the release of a new book of collected essays which re-evaluate the work of Georges Seurat (1859-1891), ‘Seurat Re-Viewed’ (edited by Paul Smith; published by Penn State Press, 2010). It is therefore a fitting time to reconsider the artistic production and contextual themes around Neo-Impressionism, a much maligned movement that has often been described as a series of artistic, political and scientific failures. Its new direction after the death of Seurat in 1891, under the self-declared leadership of Paul Signac (1863-1935), has been posited less as a renewal towards alternative but equally radical luminous experiments…