Writing Architecture: A Symposium on Innovations in the Textual and Visual Critique of Buildings

Deadline – 16th April 2010. Abstracts are invited on innovative approaches to critical and creative work about buildings and places, through text and or images. Both scholarly papers and new examples of critical and creative work are welcome. The conference will be held at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, and the State Library of Queensland, on July 22 & 23 2010. Keynote speaker is Professor Katja Grillner, KTH Stockholm. Within an expanding international discourse on writing and architecture, the conference invites a broad range of disciplinary approaches including perspectives from photography, literature, philosophy, anthropology, aesthetics, the fine arts, design, psychology, cultural studies, art history, creative writing, sociology, journalism, and others. Topics might include, but are not limited to: WRITING AS AN ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE: When and how is writing an architectural medium? What might an experimental writing in architecture and its…

Harrell Fletcher – Towards a tender society of thoughtful questions and answers

Harrell Fletcher – Towards a tender society of thoughtful questions and answers SATURDAY 20 MARCH, 12:30PM Clemenger BBDO auditorium NGV International 180 St Kilda Rd FREE Harrell Fletcher (b. 1967, lives and works in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.) creates art through collaboration and participation often with those outside the parameters of the art world. From installing a museum focusing on local peoples’ lives in a northern California shopping mall to working with an eight-year-old boy as the principle decision-maker for a work of public art created for a park in Brittany, France, Fletcher’s art is really all about you, rather than all about him. Fletcher is developing a project for the NGV that opens this September. “People often ask how I’m able to entice random strangers into working with me. The answer is that I appear to actually be interested in the…

Launch of ‘Europe and Australia’ MAJ nos. 11 and 12 edited by David R. Marshall

‘Europe and Australia’ (MAJ nos. 11 and 12) edited by David R. Marshall. This volume has a focus on ‘Europe and Australia’ and includes a diverse range of articles from both Australian and international scholars including Ruth Pullin, Caroline Jordan, Veronica Filmer, Mark Stocker, Katti Williams, David Maskill, Simon Pierse, Richard Read and Alex Baker. Time: 5:30pm for a 6pm launch, Thursday 25th March, 2010. Venue: Courtyard of the Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne (Parkville). For a contents list and a sneak peak inside please see the MAJ page on this website. The Melbourne Art Journal is published by the Fine Arts Network (please note it is now published Daytopia Press, see the MAJ page on this website.)

Expressions of interest for opportunity as emaj Sub-Editor issue 5, 2010

Applications now open www.melbourneartjournal.unimelb.edu.au/E-MAJ Masters and Art History PhD candidates are encouraged to apply Deadline: 15 April 2010 emaj (electronic Melbourne art journal) is the only online, refereed art history journal published in Australia. emaj aims to provide an international forum for the publication of original academic research in all areas and periods of art history. emaj welcomes monographic articles about specific artists or art collectives as well as thematic or theoretical analyses on aspects of art history. emaj is published annually by the Fine Arts Network and is edited by art history graduates and post-graduates from the University of Melbourne. Our aim for the position of Sub-Editor is to provide an emerging editor / art historian with the opportunity to expand their editorial skills and professional development in the production of a high quality, online, academic publication. The Sub-Editor…

Dr Michael Brand – ‘Curating for the Common Good’

Dr Michael Brand, Director J. Paul Getty Museum 2005-2010, Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Curating for the Common Good Friday 12 March, 2010, 5.30-6.45 pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Curatorship straddles the middle ground between art collections placed on display for the public good and the discipline of art history that provides most of the tools for investigating the ideas and ideals that those works of art embody. Drawing upon experience as a curator in Australia and as a museum director in the United States, this lecture will look at issues confronting the practice of curatorship on both sides of the Pacific. Dr Brand’s lecture is the keynote address for the symposium, Interrogating Art Curatorship in Australia, which is being held on 13-14 March to celebrate twenty years of teaching art curatorship at the University of Melbourne.…

Symposium – Interrogating Art Curatorship in Australia (University of Melbourne, Parkville)

An international conference to be held at the University of Melbourne on 12 (evening), 13 and 14 March 2010, interrogating the practice of art curatorship in Australia now, and in the recent past. The program is conceived in celebration of twenty years of art curatorship at the University of Melbourne. It has been organized in conjunction with the launch of the initiative to establish the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne. Keynote speaker Michael Brand, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005-2010 Miegunyah Visiting Fellow, 2010. Symposium speakers include: Anthony Bond; Joanna Bosse; Jane Clark; Alison Carroll; Rebecca Coates; Charlotte Day; Max Delany; David Elliott; Juliana Engberg; Stephen Gilchrist; Alexi Glass-Kantor; Charles Green; Alison Inglis; Jeff Kahn; Rachel Kent; Frances Lindsay; Ruth McDougall; Kyla McFarlane; Christopher Marshall; Hannah Matthews; Karen Quinlan; Patrick Pound; Jason Smith; Daniel Thomas…

JSTOR Auction catalogues online – open access till June 2010

JSTOR is collaborating with the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a pilot project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to understand how auction catalogs can be best preserved for the long-term and made most easily accessible for scholarly use. Auction catalogs are vital for provenance research as well as for the study of art markets and the history of collecting. This prototype site is open to the public through June 2010. If you are interested in this content and the importance to art research, you are encouraged to try the site and take a brief survey. In June, we will evaluate use of the content and the feedback we have received in order to help determine the future of the resource. http://auctioncatalogs.jstor.org/

‘Garters and Petticoats’: Winterhalter’s 1843 Portraits of Victoria and Albert

The Early Modern Visual Culture Seminar returns for 2010. Eugene Barilo von Reisberg ‘Garters and Petticoats’: Winterhalter’s 1843 Portraits of Victoria and Albert What does official royal iconography tell us? What messages does it communicate about the sitters – and from the sitters? This paper deconstructs two official portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) in 1843. It outlines the complex semantic layering within this pair of British royal portraits, and explores in particular the emphasis on Prince Albert’s newly-acquired ‘Englishness’ and the notion of an iconographic ‘gender reversal’ within the context of traditional marital pendants. March 8 2010 6.30pm Room 150 Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Parkville Campus All Welcome Please RSVP Mark Shepheard (shepm@unimelb.edu.au) if you plan to join us for dinner in Lygon Street afterwards. For further details on Eugene’s research on Winterhalter please visit his website…

Frick Collection: Fellowship in the History of Collecting

Deadline: April 31 2010 The Center for the History of Collecting in America was established in 2007 to stimulate awareness and study of the formation of fine and decorative arts collections from Colonial times to the present, while asserting the relevance of this subject to art and cultural history. The Center’s academic and public programs provide a forum for thoughtful exchange that may expand and further stimulate scholarship in this discipline. Through its Fellowship Program, the Center seeks not only to encourage research on the history of collecting in America, but also to expand the field’s still limited body of literature. At present the Center offers a number of short-term (6 – 8 weeks) fellowships for graduate and pre-doctoral students and for post-doctoral and senior scholars. In addition the Center offers long-term Leon Levy Fellowships for post-doctoral and senior scholars.…

CFP for Conferences on Sculpture, Pre Raphaelites & William Morris and Trecento Art

The practical problems of sculpture CFP Renaissance Society of America 2011 Paper abstracts that address topics regarding practical problems of sculpture and its European or even global exchange in the Early Modern period–such as transport, materials acquisition, customs and other expenses and other related issues, problems of reception in different cultural contexts from its original production site, or issues in cross-cultural sculpture collecting or commissions–should be sent to kelley.didio@uvm.edu by 15 May 2010. Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Art History Department of Art and Art History University of Vermont ——- “Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Delaware Art Museum, 7-9 October 2010 Deadline for submissions is 15 March 2010 “Useful and Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” will be…