Research Day in 18th Century Studies at the University of Sydney


Topic: 18th Century Philosophy in Dialogue Date: 28 August 2015 The Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) is sponsoring a Research Day in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sydney on 28 August 2015. The event supports the efforts of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS) in building a new community of scholars and postgraduate studies from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities. The Research Day will begin with an interdisciplinary panel discussion with experts from a number of fields speaking on the relationships between philosophy, music, literature, art and architecture during the eighteenth century. Led by Dalia Nassar (Philosophy), the panel features visiting scholar Justin Smith (Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII) engaged in discussion…

Floortalk | Inspiration by Design| State Library of Victoria

Yohji Yamamoto womenswear catalogue 1986, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Nick Knight/Trunk Archive

Floor talk: Exhibition co-curator Elizabeth James, Victoria and Albert Museum Join special guest Elizabeth James from the Victoria and Albert Museum as she shares her intimate knowledge of the exhibition. Elizabeth James is the Senior Librarian in charge of National Art Library Collections, and one of the lead curators for the exhibition Inspiration by Design. Her research interests centre on the history of the book and book arts since 1800, including museum publications and artists’ books. About the Exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image (until 14th June) from the Victoria and Albert Museum showcases some of the world’s finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration. The exhibition celebrates 150 years of collecting by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art…

News | Monash Gallery of Art appoints new director

The MGA has announced their new director is Kallie Blauhorn. She comes from a business and marketing background rather than a curatorial one. From MGA Mayor Paul Klisaris said the appointment of Ms Blauhorn followed an intensive search among high calibre applicants. “I’m delighted to welcome Ms Blauhorn to the Monash team and I believe her enthusiasm and drive will take our much-admired gallery to new heights,” Cr Klisaris said. “In this, the 25th year of the Monash Gallery of Art, I’m excited about the vision Ms Blauhorn has for cementing the gallery’s place as one of Australia’s most significant public places.” Ms Blauhorn has a strong background in business, marketing and fundraising development through her previous role as Senior Development Manager with…

Lecture: ‘In Every Respect Equal’: John Rogers Herbert (1810-1890) and the Monumental Moses | NGV

Moses bringing down the Tables of the Law (c. 1872-1878)
oil on paper on canvas
344.4 x 633.5 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1878

In 1872 the NGV purchased a large mural of Moses Bringing Down the Tables of the Law by John Rogers Herbert, originally created for Parliament in London. However, it was more than a mere copy. Its earnest artist wrote that he wanted Melbourne to have an original, and he achieved this in a surprising way. Though it was initially popular with Melburnians, it was rolled up 70 years ago and hasn’t been on display since.  Now, unrolled at last, what can we discover about this enigmatic painting, concerned with law and justice? Speaker Dr Nancy Langham Hooper, art historian Date: 2pm–3pm, 14th June 2015 Venue: NGV International, Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Tickets:Cost $16 M / $20 A / $18 C…

Jobs, Funding and Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | May 29th 2015

Jobs Australia Associate Lecturer to Senior Lecturer four positions at UNSW Art and Design – deadline 29th May 2015 Museum Director, The Museum of Chinese Australian History (Melbourne) – deadline not specified Museum Curator, Albury – deadline 5th June 2015 International Myojin Nadar Curatorial Assistant, 1600 – 1800, National Gallery, London – deadline 11th June 2015 The Simon Sainsbury Curatorial Assistant, Paintings before 1500, National Gallery, London – deadline 11th June 2015 Research post ‘Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology’, Warburg Institute, London – deadline July 1, 2015 Stanley Picker Fellowships: Design & Fine Art, Kingston University – Stanley Picker Gallery – deadline 22nd June 2015 Postdoc researcher, Open Curating: the contemporary art biennale as form, University of Aarhus – deadline 12th June 2015 Postdoctoral…

Boiler Room Lecture | Ryan Gander | State Library of Victoria

Image: Ryan Gander, Porthole to Culturefield Revisited 2010
Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Ken Adlard and Dave Morgan.

MUMA and Monash Art Design and Architecture [MADA], in association with Australian Centre for Contemporary Art [ACCA] are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by renowned UK artist Ryan Gander. The lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Hannah Mathews, Associate Curator, ACCA. Ryan Gander was born in Chester, UK in 1976 and lives and works in London and Suffolk. He has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms, including sculpture, film, writing, graphic design, installation and performance. Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge; a reinvention…

Lecture | Joe Banks ‘Rorschach Audio’ |Gertrude Contemporary

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Joe Banks | ‘Rorschach Audio’ | Histories and Theories of Sound, Lecture #5 2015 Liquid Architecture and the Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA are pleased to present British sound artist and writer Joe Banks in Australia for the first time. On Wednesday June 3 at 6.30pm at Gertrude Contemporary, Banks will deliver a lecture titled ‘Rorschach Audio’ as part of the ‘Histories and Theories of Sound’ series presented in association with Gertrude Contemporary, Liquid Architecture and Discipline. Banks’s lecture is #5 in the ‘Histories and Theories of Sound’ series that began last year, and has featured lectures by Branden W. Joseph, David Grubbs, Douglas Kahn, and James Parker. BLURB In Rorschach Audio: Art & Illusion for Sound, Banks offers a critical account…

Performance and Workshop | Joe Banks – Disinformation | MUMA

Image: Hermann Rorschach in 1921

MUMA and Liquid Architecture are pleased to present British sound artist and writer Joe Banks in Australia for the first time. At MUMA, Banks (under the pseudonym Disinformation) will perform as part of MUMA’s Sound Spaces. At Gertrude Contemporary, Banks will deliver a lecture entitled Rorschach Audio as part of the Theories and Histories of Sound series presented in association with Discipline. Sound Spaces: Disinformation Against the backdrop of the exhibition Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, Liquid Architecture and MUMA present the first ever Australian concert performance by Disinformation. Disinformation will perform a one hour set in near complete darkness utilising sounds including (but not limited to) electromagnetic (radio) noise radiated by mains electricity, lightning, magnetic storms,…

Publication News | Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria 53 now available


The latest edition of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria is now available. You can read the full journal online here. From the editors: This edition of Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria again ranges widely across the NGV’s collection, including investigations of two nineteenth-century Tibetan lama paintings, a prize-winning work by an early and little-known Australian female artist, the iconography of two carved Renaissance cassoni and the relationship of Australian artist Guy Stuart’s late 1960s practice to American Minimalism. For this issue we have also invited Melbourne-based artist Patrick Pound to reflect on his Gallery of air, 2013, one of the most popular and talked about works in the NGV’s recent Melbourne Now exhibition.…

Talk | Digital Humanities: Where does Art fit in?

Connections between artists on DAAO by Greg Turner

Prof Deb Verhoeven (HuNI), Dr Gillian Fuller (DAAO) & Emily Wubben (DAAO) Presented with DAAO – Design & Art Australia Online and HuNI – Humanities Networked Infrastructure In recent years there has been much talk about e-research and Digital Humanities. The use of opaque terms, such as metadata, virtual laboratories and data mapping have become common in use. How may this language that seems so far removed from established research practices be applied to the Humanities? In this talk Verhoeven and Fuller will discuss how data-driven research is being used in the creative arts, and showcase two leading digital humanities projects in the area: DAAO (Design & Art Australia Online) and HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure). They will also address the following pressing issues for Digital…

Nominations for AAANZ prizes now open


The AAANZ prizes honour the achievements of members in publishing and research. The prizes are awarded based on the following: Originality and rigour of scholarship Contribution to knowledge in the area and impact on scholarly debate in the field Significance of the topic to the field and to adjacent disciplines Significance and originality of picture research Quality of the design and production values of the publication Ability to convey complex ideas to wider audiences Please note entrants must be a member of AAANZ. Staff affiliated with museums that have a AAANZ institutional membership are eligible to enter. In general, all books, catalogues and articles must have been published in the year 2014.  The one exception is the Best Artist Book Prize,…

Jobs, Funding and Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | May 22nd 2015

Jobs Australia Coordinator, Public Programs, Sydney Living Museums, Sydney CBD – deadline 31st May 2015 Interpretive Curator, National Archives of Australia, Canberra – deadline 27th May 2015 Exhibition and Education Manager, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum – deadline 29th May 2015 Research Fellowships, Curtin University – deadline 10th July 2015 International Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management, King’s College London- deadline 25th May 2015 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion – deadline 26th May 2015 Funding and Prizes Graduate Women WA Scholarships and Bursaries 2015- deadline 17th July 2015 Nineteenth Century Studies Associations 2016 Emerging Scholar Award + Article Prize – deadline for both July 1st 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship (6 months) at The…

News | Geoffrey Edwards announces retirement from Geelong Gallery


The director of Geelong Gallery, Geoffrey Edwards, has announced his retirement from the role, from the end of April 2016. Prior to his appointment at Geelong, Geoffrey Edwards held senior curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria where he was in charge of collections including International and Australian sculpture. From Geelong Gallery: Having led the Geelong Gallery for the past 15 years, Geoffrey Edwards oversaw the national campaign to acquire from celebrity vendor, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the great colonial masterpiece, View of Geelong (1856) by Eugene von Guérard.  At the time of its acquisition in 2006 for close to $4 million, the work held the national record as the most expensive Australian painting ever purchased for a public institution. He was…

Lecture | Conrad Rudolph – Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems | University of Melbourne

Lorenzo de’ Medici,
probably after a model by Andrea
Del Verrocchio and Orsino
Benintendi, Samuel H. Kress
Collection, National Gallery of Art,
Washington D.C.

FACES (Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems) is a project that, after two years of research support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has established proof of concept for the application of face recognition technology to works of portrait art. In the application of face recognition technology to photographed human faces, a number of difficulties are inherent in a real or perceived alteration of appearance of the face through variations in facial expression, age, angle of pose, and so on. With works of portrait art, not only do all these problems pertain, but these works also have their own additional challenges. Most notably, portrait art does not provide what might be called a photographic likeness but rather one…