News | Whistler’s Portrait of the artist’s mother to visit the NGV in 2016

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in grey and black no. 1: Portrait of the artist’s mother, 1871, oil on canvas, 144.3 x 162.5 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris (RF 699), Photo : © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Jean Schormans

The National Gallery of Victoria has announced that James McNeill Whistler’s portrait of his mother, called “Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1.” 1871, will be the focus of an exhibition at the NGV in 2016. The exhibition, Whistler’s Mother, will focus on this important painting by Whistler, which in 1891 became the first work by an American artist to be bought by the French State (it now resides in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris). The painting was not well received when it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in London, but went on to become one of the most popular of its day, though Whistler was often frustrated by the sentimental responses to it. The painting is evocatively described in a recent article by Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker…

Publication | New open access journal ‘British Art Studies’ from the Paul Mellon Centre

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The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC), London, and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), New Haven have launched a new online and open access journal called British Art Studies. It is always great to see more open access publications and the interface of this online journal has clearly been carefully thought through and designed specifically for online reading (rather than just pdfs on a website). From the editorial of their first edition: British Art Studies is the joint publication of two research centres dedicated to British art: the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC), London, and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), New Haven. The journal has grown out of many conversations and collaborations…

Classics Summer School at University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne is running a Classics Summer School in January 2016. The course is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the ancient world over the summer break. This course offers five days of classes covering the social history of ancient Greece, architecture, philosophy and a practical workshop to develop your argumentation skills. Presenter Dr Christopher Gribbin, Honorary Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne, has taught at the Summer School since 2002. Each course consists of five sessions between 4 and 8 January 2016. For full details download the flyer (Classics Summer School Flyer) or visit the website

Call for Papers | Conference: ‘Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits, 1700-1914’

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Inspired by the outstanding collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, this interdisciplinary conference will be the largest gathering of international and Australian scholars to focus on portraits. It will provide a unique opportunity to explore both British and Australian portraits through a dynamic interchange between academics and curators. September 8-11 2016, University of Melbourne and National Gallery of Victoria Call for papers Papers are invited that focus on British or Australian portraits between 1700 and 1914, which can be interpreted as separate fields or as overlapping or comparative studies. The portraits may be in any public or private collection worldwide, but in particular in the National Gallery of Victoria. They may be in any medium, including painting, print, drawing,…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 11th December 2015

Jobs Australia Curatorial Assistant, National Art School Gallery, Sydney – 15th January 2016 International Chair in Art History, University of Birmingham – deadline 22nd January 2016 Lecturer in Recent and Contemporary Art, University of York – deadline 24th January 2016 Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor in the History and Theory of Architecture, Birkbeck College, University of London – deadline 31st January 2016 Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor in the History and Theory of Photography/Digital Culture Birkbeck College, University of London – deadline 31st January 2016 Lloyd-Dan David Research Fellowship at the Needham Research Institute and Darwin College Cambridge (Comparative Study of any aspect of Science and Civilization in the Ancient World) – deadline 31st January 2016 Reader/Professor in Fine Art (Programme Leader for Research), Goldsmiths – deadline…

Talk | Eugene Barilo von Reisberg: ‘Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Portraiture in the Age of Social Mobility’ | Melbourne University

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Eugene Barilo von Reisberg (Art History Program, School of Culture & Communication), PhD Completion Seminar: ‘Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Portraiture in the Age of Social Mobility’. For nearly four decades, from the early 1830s to the early 1870s, Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) was among the most popular and highly sought-after, internationally-renowned elite portrait specialists, who enjoyed the patronage of royal, aristocratic and middle-class elites. This seminar will demonstrate that the artist’s success and popularity among the highest echelons of society were contingent upon his mimetic abilities, the rigorous application of his academic training, as well as the bold innovations of his technical approaches that placed him hors concours among fellow portrait practitioners of the era. Further, by using evidence from the biographies of Winterhalter’s sitters, the…

Call for Papers | Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands

The 5th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference | Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands March 11-13, 2016 The Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites graduate scholars from all disciplines to submit abstracts for papers addressing the theme of Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands. Borderlands are spaces where people of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, political systems, or linguistic traditions come into contact, often without any one authority exercising complete control. We also acknowledge that borderlands needn’t necessarily be physical spaces but can be conceptual or metaphorical areas of contestation, thus allowing a diversity of approaches. The 2016 Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference seeks papers that address the ways that borderlands encounters have stimulated the creation,…

Call for Papers | Ilm: Science, Religion and Art in Islam

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International Conference, July 21-23rd 2016, University of Adelaide, Australia The ‘Ilm conference will bring together a broad group of scholars, artists, designers, curators, practitioners, and higher degree researchers across the fields of Islamic intellectual history, history and theory of Islamic art and architecture, history of Islamic science, and Islamic studies to address key issues of concern and to highlight points of intersection between science, religion, and the arts?It invites reflections and discussion on the idea of ‘ilm in pre-, early-, and post-modern Isalmic cultures, and how ‘ilm is engaged with and experienced by Muslim communities today. What are the practices, territories, and histories of ilm? How does ‘ilm continue to shape Islam’s [ast, present, and future within the Muslims’ lands…

Opening Weekend | Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei | NGV International

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The NGV has organised a series of talks and lectures to celebrate the opening of their summer exhibition Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th at 11am | Curatorial Introduction to the exhibition . Learn more about the artistic practices of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei with a curatorial introduction by Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art Cost $8 M / $12 A / $10 C. Bookings here. Saturday 12th December 3pm | Lecture – Andy Warhol: The Man and the Artist | Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum Opening to the public only seven years after the artist’s death, The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Located in his hometown…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | December 4th 2015

Jobs Senior Curator (emphasis in Design and Architecture curation), Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – deadline 15th December 2015 Curator International Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books, The National Gallery of Australia – deadline 7th February 2015 Assistant Professor in Cultural History and Digital Humanities (1,0 FTE), Utrecht University – deadline 14th January 2015 Professorship in Contemporary Art History and Art Theory, Freie Universität Berlin – deadline 4th January 2016 Funding Fellowships and Awards at the British School at Rome – deadline 14th January 2016 Calls for Papers Now or (n)ever. Rethinking Time: Topics, Theories, and Methods in Art History, 4th Study Day of the Rome Art History Network (RAHN) – deadline 7th January 2015 Against the Medici: Art and Dissent in Renaissance Italy…

Exhibition | My learned object: collections and curiosities | Ian Potter Museum of Art

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Saturday 5 Dec 2015 to Sunday 28 Feb 2016. Guest curator: Dr David Sequeira. My learned object: collections & curiosities draws its content from over 25 of the University of Melbourne’s cultural collections. Rich and varied, the cultural collections form an integral part of the workings of the University.  Primary documents—decorative arts, botanical specimens, zoological specimens, paintings, models, furniture, bones, photographs, books, scientific equipment, ephemera (the list goes on… ) from across all university collections can be largely divided into three main categories, namely the arts, the sciences and the archives. There is considerable overlap amongst these areas andMy learned object is a rare opportunity to explore the possibilities of these intersections. The exhibition’s four main themes—people and personalities, same but…

Lecture | Conservation of Chinese Cultural Heritage from the Shaanxi Province – Yuan Hong | University of Melbourne

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Associate Professor Yuan Hong will present on Mural conservation and scientific methods used in extraction of cultural information. Murals contained within tombs pose a diverse range of site specific issues in their investigation and conservation. Using microscopic techniques, spectrographic imaging and elemental analysis, information embedded in the murals can be used to inform conservators about the original materials as well as the condition and treatment requirements of these forms of cultural heritage. Ms Zhang Yongjian explores Laboratory-based micro-scale excavation and its application Current methods used in the lab-based, micro-scale excavation of cultural relics are capable of having the combined merits of excavation, archaeometry and conservation. These methods have proven to be especially effective in the excavation and treatment of cultural…

Lecture | An Introduction to the 20th Biennale of Sydney – Stephanie Rosenthal | MPavilion 

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  MUMA, in association with the Biennale of Sydney and MPavilion, are pleased to present a special lecture by Stephanie Rosenthal, Artistic Director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (18 March – 5 June 2016). Join Stephanie Rosenthal for a presentation designed to offer insights into the 20th edition of the Biennale of Sydney. Inspired by a quote from leading science fiction author William Gibson, The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, this edition of the Biennale, which opens in March 2016, will be presented at seven main venues conceived as ‘embassies of thought’. Following the presentation MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day will join Stephanie for a conversation about the key ideas informing her exhibition. Stephanie Rosenthal has…

News | Ian Potter Museum of Art appoints new Curatorial Manager

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The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne has appointed Jacqueline Doughty to the position of Curatorial Manager. Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art says, “We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline to the Potter and look forward to working with her on the next exciting phase of the Museum’s development. Jacqueline’s innovative and collaborative curatorial approach, interest in the activation of historical and contemporary collections, and ability to work in a cross-disciplinary manner will bring much to the Potter’s programs”. Jacqueline comes to the Potter with over 20 years professional experience in the contemporary art sector encompassing curatorial projects, research, writing, arts administration, organisational management and strategic planning in the United States, United Kingdom and…