Seminar | A New Document for Ghiberti at Santa Maria Novella in Florence | Hugh Hudson

A New Document for Ghiberti at Santa Maria Novella in Florence: The Confraternity of St Peter Martyr between Convent and Commune | Dr Hugh Hudson, University of Melbourne An unpublished reference in a book of the Confraternity of St Peter Martyr in the Archivio di Stato di Firenze shows that Lorenzo Ghiberti was among a group of 27 Florentine citizens who met in early 1414, of whom four were elected captains for the year. This raises a number of questions about confraternal practices in early Renaissance Florence. Did one have…

Volunteer Opportunity | NGV recruiting Volunteer Guides

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The NGV is recruiting Voluntary Guides to commence training in 2015. The Voluntary Guides of the National Gallery of Victoria was established in 1967 with the approval of the NGV Council of Trustees. It operates with the expressed aim of providing support to the NGV by assisting the community in understanding and appreciating the NGV and its collections. Since 1968, the NGV Voluntary Guides have been providing daily tours and talks for visitors, providing a link between the NGV and the public, and playing an important role in encouraging and…

Lecture | Djon Mundine OAM: A Personal History of Aboriginal Art | La Trobe University

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The history of Aboriginal art has a number of overlapping, blurred edge phases; it is market driven and of European historical conceit on one side, and the offering up of icons, ideas, and possibly a moral-memory insistence on the (Aboriginal) other side. Djob Mundine is a member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales. With an extensive career as a curator, activist, writer and occasional artist, Djon worked in Arnhem Land as Art Adviser to the Milingimbi, Maningrida, and Ramingining Aboriginal communities for sixteen years. Djon was concept curator…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | October 10th 2014

Jobs Australia Collection Assistant, Australian War Memorial – deadline 22nd October 2014 Curator, Sovereign Hill Museum, Ballarat (pdf link) – deadline 26th October 2014 Gallery Director – Monash Gallery of Art – deadline 31st October 2014 Director, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery – deadline 27th October 2014 Assistant Curator, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne – deadline 20th October 2014 International Lecturer in Conservation, University of Lincoln – College of Arts – School of History and Heritage – deadline 21st October 2014 Research Associate in History of Art, University of Glasgow –…

Exhibition | Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier | Centre for Contemporary Photography

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Vivian Maier | Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier Dates: 3rd October—26 October 2014 at CCP Australia, 404 George Street Fitzroy Artists: Cherine Fahd, Vivian Maier, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Debra Phillips, Patrick Pound, Clare Rae, Simone Slee, David Wadelton and Kellie Wells. Curated by Naomi Cass, Louise Neri and Karra Rees. During her lifetime, Vivian Maier (1926—2009) produced more than 100,000 photographic images, which remained largely undiscovered until after her death. CCP celebrates this reluctant artist’s timely relevance, juxtaposing her work with contemporary Australian photography, performance and video. Maier’s prolific body of…

Lecture | A Thin Red Line: The Presence of Prehistoric Pictoriality | Whitney Davis

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The lecture addresses one of the most well-established and influential ideas about prehistoric (and specifically Paleolithic) pictorial representation, namely, the idea that their original makers and beholders did not take them and use them as pictures ‘in our sense’ but instead considered them to be the ‘things themselves’, that is, the objects depicted, such as bison and other animals. But how do we reconcile this idea, which has some anthropological justification, with the visible activity of mark-making and of ‘painterliness’–of making visible the process of making the picture? What is…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Callum Reid, ‘Semper rectus, semper idem: The Uffizi Self Portrait Collection’

Francesco Marchissi, ‘Sala dei Pittori’ (detail), c. 1760. Vienna, Nationalbibliothek

The Uffizi collection of artists’ self-portraits, the majority of which is today secreted away in the Vasari Corridor, is the product of several important events in the history of collecting by the Grand Ducal families in Florence. This paper will discuss the various approaches to the acquisition and display of self-portraits across the Medici and Lorraine Grand-Duchies, their changing locations and their significance to the evolution of the broader gallery. First collected throughout the seventeent century and brought to the Uffizi around the turn of the eighteenth century, in many…

Lecture | Art, Nature and Living in the Contemporary World | John Wolseley

John Wolseley, The Language of Lizards (detail) 2007-08. Found charcoal, graphite, watercolour on paper, 90.7 x 306cm, Bendigo Art Gallery, The Gift of Grace and Alec Craig of Bendigo, Victoria 2008. Photo: Terence Bogue

Since moving from England to Australia in 1978, John Wolseley has immersed himself in the landscape. His large scale works on paper, watercolours and installations are often based around scientific themes like the movement of tides or sand-dunes or even the forces of continental drift and evolution. John’s lecture will focus on Henry David Thoreau’s dictum – “In wildness is the preservation of the world”. John’s work can be found in all state galleries in Australia and numerous public and private collections. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by…

Lecture | Australian Art and Artists in Post-War London | Simon Pierse

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In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer at…

Lecture | OLAF OSSMANN Deprivation of art work by the Nazi regime in Europe – Consequences for art collectors today | NGV

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In this special event, hear Swiss-based lawyer Olaf Ossmann speak about the art collection of Jewish industrialist Richard Semmel and its fate. Ossmann will discuss the Nazi policy on art and Jews from 1933 to 1945, the subsequent policy of the Allied Forces, and the post-Second World War developments that led to the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets. Olaf Ossmann specialises in international law and the restitution of art works. Most recently he has worked with the NGV as the legal representative to the heirs of Richard Semmel…

Conversations | Face Talk: conversations with Archibald Prize finalists | Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

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The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is hosting a series of talks about portraiture to accompany its current exhibition of 2014 Archibald Prize finalists. The conversations will be moderated by Dr Vivien Gaston, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. All talks will be held at the MPRG – see below for dates and times of individual events. The cost of each event is $45 (members) $50 (general), this includes drinks and nibbles 6pm–6.30pm, conversation 6.30pm–7.30pm, Archibald Prize 2014 viewing 7.30pm–8.30pm. Seating is limited…

Exhibition | Art as a Verb | MUMA

Clark Beaumont, Coexisting 2013, photo courtesy of Jamie North and Kaldor Public Art Projects

Art as a Verb at Monash University Museum of Art. Exhibition Dates: 3 October – 16 December 2014 Opening function: Saturday 4 October 2014, 3-5pm About the Exhibition | Art as a Verb is a major thematic exhibition that takes as its departure point the concept of art as action, both inside the gallery and beyond. Drawing upon the unbridled energy and anarchy of fluxus and happenings, and looking back to a moment when art dematerialised, Art as a Verb presents a range of projects from the 1960s to today…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History, Art, Curatorship |September 26th 2014

Jobs Australia Senior Curator – Shepparton Art Museum – deadline 7th October 2014 Professor / Associate Professor, Fine Art (Art Theory), Queensland College of Art – deadline 31st October 2014 Scholarly Teaching Fellow (Teaching Academic) (2 positions) Queensland College of Art – deadline 27th October 2014 Assistant Curator – Interpretation Projects, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales- deadline 6th October 2015 Artistic Director (re-advertised), Canberra Glassworks – deadline 13th October 2014 Overseas Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Fine Art: Art in the Public Sphere, University of Wolverhampton – deadline 16th October 2014…

Curating Feminism | A Contemporary Art and Feminism Event | Sydney

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Curating Feminism, a Contemporary Art and Feminism event is co-hosted by Sydney College of the Arts, School of Letters, Arts and Media, and The Power Institute, University of Sydney. The event will run over Thursday 23 October to Sunday 26 October, and will include an exhibition, masterclasses, conference and wikithon. See events for specific times and venues. Collectively, the event seeks to ask the following key questions: How can curating be an activist practice, especially in the realm of gender? What does it mean to be a feminist curator, or to adopt…

Online Resources | JSTOR introduces individual access

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Good news if you don’t have access to JSTOR via a university library or similar. You can now purchase a JPASS and pay for access per month or per year (19.50 USD/199 US). JSTOR includes access to journals including The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Burlington Magazine, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, October, Artibus et Historiae, Leonardo and many more. As well as access to a range of journals in history, philosophy, literature, social sciences and so on. From the JSTOR website: JPASS gives you access to more than…