Exhibition | Technologism | MUMA

Jan Dibbets
TV as a Fireplace
video on television set 
distributed by LIMA, Amsterdam

Exhibition Dates: 3 October – 12 December 2015 Opening function: Saturday 10 October 2015, 3-5pm Curated by Charlotte Day Artists Cory Arcangel (US), Dara Birnbaum (US), Chris Burden (US), Ian Burns (AU), Antoinette J. Citizen (AU), Simon Denny (NZ), Jan Dibbets (NL), Aleksandra Domanović (SI/DE), Harun Farocki (DE), Benjamin Forster (AU), Isa Genzken (DE), Greatest Hits (AU), Martijn Hendriks (NL), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US), Matt Hinkley (AU), Jenny Holzer (US), Edward Kienholz & Nancy Reddin Kienholz (US), Oliver Laric (AT), Mark Leckey (UK), Scott Mitchell (AU), Rabih Mroué (LB), Henrik Olesen (DK), Nam June Paik (KR/US), Nam June Paik & John Godfrey (US), Joshua Petherick (AU), Matte Rochford (AU), Jill Scott (AU), Richard Serra (US), John F. Simon Jr. (US),…

News | NGV to open both locations seven days a week from 5th October

Summer Architecture Commission by John Wardle at NGV International
Photo: John Gollings

From the NGV news that both NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square will now be open daily, 9am to 5pm. Currently open six days a week, NGV Australia will now open on Mondays and NGV International will open on Tuesdays. Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘We are delighted that people will have the opportunity to spend more time at the NGV. There is a wonderful and lively program over spring and summer, and visitors can enjoy a range of exhibitions and free activities, from listening to live music under our recently launched Summer Architecture Commission by John Wardle Architects in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International or taking in…

Lecture | Scorn, Greed, Malevolence & Mischief: Goya’s graphic expression of emotions – Deanna Petherbridge | University of Melbourne

Francisco Goya, No es siempre bueno el rigor, 1816-1820 c.

This presentation will examine the consummate skill with which Goya represents emotions in his late private albums and some of the print series associated with these drawings. From 1795-6 Goya borrows the figure of the bruja or witch as an historically subversive topos for portraying his disgust with a corrupt clergy, monarchy and cruel social order. As the proportions of his figures change in the album drawings so his ability to suggest subtlety of facial and bodily emotions in his brush and pen work deepens. Language also becomes more intense for Goya, isolated by his total deafness, and the texts appended to drawings and prints are variably metaphoric, playing with language/visual puns or seeming blocks to clarity of meaning. Like…

Call for Entries | 2015 CCP Salon


Australia’s largest open-entry, photomedia exhibition and competition CCP Salon is back for its 23rd year. CCP Salon entries are now open and will remain open until 6pm Friday 6 November 2015. This year’s CCP Salon is presented by Leica and Ilford and supported by 24 national leaders in the photographic industry. CCP Salon provides an excellent opportunity to exhibit work in a professional, high-profile context. In past years digital, analogue, moving imagery and 3D works have lined the walls of CCP. This year we are delighted to present the latest national developments in photomedia through showcasing a diverse snapshot of contemporary Australian practice. Industry professionals will judge all entrants’ work and over $20,000.00 worth of prizes will be awarded across 29 categories. We are pleased…

Symposium | Heritage Destruction in the Middle East: Beyond the Media Hype | Deakin University City Centre

Deakin_Heritage SYmposium

The Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation welcomes you to a public half-day symposium. Convened by Dr Benjamin Isakhan and Professor Tim Winter. This half-day symposium focuses on the recent heritage destruction in Syria and Iraq by ISIS. Presenters will bring to the table a variety of interpretations on the factors driving the destruction and the challenges of mounting effective responses. Venue: Deakin University City Centre Date: 15th Oct 2015 5:00pm (3 hours) Website: http://www.deakin.edu.au/alfred-deakin-institute/events/heritage-destruction-in-the-middle-east-beyond-the-media-hype Topics and Speakers include: Panel 1: Documenting and Interpreting the Destruction Heritage Destruction under the ‘Islamic State’ – Dr Benjamin Isakhan, Deakin University What does ISIS Communicate Through Iconoclasm? – Dr Antonio Gonzalez, Deakin University ISIS Attacks on…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | September 25th 2015

Jobs Australia Lecturer in Art (Drawing & Printmedia) (0.5), Victorian College of the Arts – deadline 4th October 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow positions at ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) – deadline 1st November 2015 Director, Geelong Art Gallery – no deadline specified Research Associate Emotions on the Medieval and Early Modern Stage in Britain and Ireland at The University of Western Australia – deadline Sunday 25 October International Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, Museum – deadline 9th November 2015 Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology – deadline 1st November 2015 University of Southern California, Art History, Assistant Professor of Art History, Early Modern – deadline 10th December 2015 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral…

Conversation | Collecting thoughts: Suhanya Raffel & Gene Sherman in dialogue | University of Melbourne

Dialogue with Absence, Chiharu Shiota, installation view at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Photo: Brett Boardman, 2013

Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales and curator of Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection and Gene Sherman, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation – share ideas on their stimulating and fruitful collaboration in realising an exhibition from the Sherman collection. This conversation will provide a glimpse into the genesis and shaping of the Sherman collection, as well as identifying the curatorial role in framing artworks for national and international audiences. Suhanya Raffel is Deputy Director and Director of Collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Previously, she was at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions since 1994, including deputy director of curatorial…

Seminar | S. T. Gill as eyewitness: art as historical evidence | State Library of Victoria

Diggers on the way to Bendigo, ST Gill, 1869

This seminar is part of the Making Public Histories series. Celebrating the first-ever retrospective of one of Australia’s forgotten artists, S. T. Gill, this seminar reflects on Gill as an ‘eyewitness’ to colonial life in nineteenth century Australia. Join us for the inside story on how historians have used Gill’s works to make sense of the colonial past, from the Victorian goldfields to horse-racing. Chair: Associate Professor Alison Inglis, University of Melbourne Speakers: Emeritus Prof. Sasha Grishin (ANU, Exhibition curator), Dr Jan Croggon (Historian, Sovereign Hill Museums Association) and Dr Andrew Lemon (professional historian) This is a free event, but bookings are essential – click here to book. This event accompanies the current State Library of Victoria exhibition Australian sketchbook:…

Exhibition | Katherine Hattam | Deakin University Art Gallery

Personal pronouns, 2015
Charcoal on paper
163.5 x 164 cm
Collection of the artist
Image courtesy the artist and Daine Singer
Photography: Clare Rae

A new exhibition has just opened at Deakin University Art Gallery Katherine Hattam: Desire first: 1978–2015, which is a survey of Hattam’s career to date. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. In the exhibition viewers can see the development of Hattam’s distinct style. Recurring motifs in her work include chairs and other domestic objects, which she combines with references to literature, feminism, art history and modern psychoanalysis to create work that is personally symbolic. The artist and her experiences have some kind of presence in many of the works; anthropomorphic chairs stand in for a range of family members and Hattam herself is present in many of the spaces she depicts. Hattam has exhibited widely throughout Australia. Her…

New Exhibitions and Talks at RMIT Gallery | Power to the People and Performing Mobilities


Power to the People! September 24th until 24th October 2015 Spanish artist Julio Falagán’s work questions power and the established status quo through humour and irony. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to become participants and collectors by photocopying and stamping the artist’s work in the gallery.Come along and start your very own art collection – along with discussions about production/reproduction/ copyright and artist’s moral rights and remuneration. All coin donations collected will be sent to the  RMIT Scholarship Philanthropy Fund to support disadvantaged undergraduate students. Power To The People Pre-Opening Discussion Be the first to print your very own artwork and chat to the artist Julio Falagán over churros and Spanish wine on his Melbourne visit, at a pre-opening…

Read | Words + Pictures from ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory

Counterparts: A photographic exhibition of the work of Mikhaila Jurkiewicz and Sarina Reisinger. - CAHAT Blog - ANU 2015-09-22 08-23-08

A new-ish (three months old) website from the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory is publishing student reviews of exhibitions and discussions about art. Description from the website: Words + Pictures is a student run initiative of the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory. The blog aims to become a platform to showcase and discuss both the written and visual work of the students of the School of Art. Words + Pictures includes exhibition reviews, previews for student exhibitions, and will serve to facilitate and document connections between students across the School of Art. You can read recent posts on the Words + Pictures website here: http://cahat.weblogs.anu.edu.au/

Symposium | Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future | University of Sydney

Ian Fairweather (1891-1974), Untitled (West Lake, Hangchow), 1941. Mixed media on paper, 41.6 x 42.6. National Gallery of Australia collection.

Date: 15 October 2015 A day-long symposium presented by the Power Institute and Department of Art History, at the University of Sydney ABSTRACT Since at least the 1940s, Asia has become an increasingly important point of orientation for Australia and New Zealand: politically, economically, demographically, and, of course, culturally. In this context, there has long been strong public interest in Asian art, sustaining dedicated galleries, significant original exhibitions, specialist organisations, arts festivals, and numerous exchange programmes. Nonetheless, the study of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand appears stubbornly diffuse. Australia and New Zealand boast successive generations of specialists working as educators, curators, researchers, artists, and ever growing numbers of students, yet we often remain separated by discipline, geography, institutional…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | September 17th 2015

Jobs Australia Lecturer in Art History (expertise in the areas of photography/film and contemporary art of the Asia-Pacific), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland – deadline 12th October 2015 Assistant Curator, City of Sydney’s Civic Collection – deadline 27th September 2015 Registration Manager, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – deadline 5th October 2015 Events & Public Programs Coordinator, University of Melbourne/Ian Potter Museum of Art – deadline 27th September 2015 International Full Professorship in Medieval Visual Cultures (W3), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – deadline 25th September 2015 Full Professorship in Modern Art History (W3), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – deadline 25th September 2015 Curator of Drawings, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London – deadline 8th October 2015…

Exhibition Review | An Illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685| Ian Potter Museum of Art

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An Illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685 until Sunday 15th November 2015 It is always interesting to get a glimpse of a private collection and in this small but well-curated exhibition we are able to view a selection of art from the collection of Kerry Stokes. The objects on display are mostly religious in subject and have been chosen by curator (and leading expert on illuminated manuscripts) Margaret Manion to complement the display of the Rothschild Prayer Book, which Stokes bought in 2014. The exhibition is displayed across several galleries at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University. The galleries are dimly lit for this exhibition, the dark setting and…