Talk | Anne Dunlop – Italy, the Mongol Empire, and Cangrande’s Silk Suit | University of Melbourne

Early Modern Circle 18 September – Professor Anne Dunlop, University of Melbourne Italy, the Mongol Empire, and Cangrande’s Silk Suit Monday 18 September at 6:15 pm in the North Theatre, Room 239 Old Arts, University of Melbourne. Abstract: When the tomb of the medieval ruler of Verona, Cangrande della Scala (ob. 1329), was opened in 1921, it was discovered that he had been buried in a hastily assembled outfit made from local and imported silks. His hat, cape, gown, and hose survived, more or less intact, along with fragments of other textiles. The major fabrics were from Central Asia, a testament to the international trade in textiles, from China to Northern Europe, in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, after the rise in the Mongol Empire. Yet despite intensive study, there are still disputes about where Cangrande’s silks were manufactured and how common…

News | Esther Anatolitis announced as new Executive Director of NAVA

Photo of Esther Anatolitis

News from NAVA that their new Executive Director is Esther Anatloitis. From NAVA James Emmett, Chair of the NAVA Board, today announces Esther Anatolitis as the organisation’s next Executive Director. “It is with enthusiasm and pride for NAVA that I welcome Esther as the new Executive Director. Esther’s experience, profile and intellect makes her ideal to lead NAVA through its next chapter. At a personal level, I am very excited to start working with Esther soon. I particularly want to thank our acting co-directors, Brianna Munting and Penelope Benton, for their ongoing excellent management of NAVA during this transitional period. They are tremendous assets to the organisation.” “I am delighted that Esther will be joining NAVA,” said Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the Arts, “and look forward to continuing the very good working relationship we developed during her…

Symposium | Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories | University of Sydney

Studies focused on gender in Southeast Asian societies have emerged, in recent decades, in approximate concurrence with the development of regionally focused Southeast Asian art histories. The founding premise of this international symposium is that there has to date been insufficient intersection between these two fields. As the first symposium of its kind, Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories aims to establish the parameters of current research, and to develop inter-disciplinary and transnational frameworks for future studies in the field. Bringing together a range of scholars working on the pre-modern, modern, and contemporary, we seek to consider new perspectives and methodological approaches brought to the fore in art history through studies that are attentive to gender, or how we might reassess art historical narratives through the lens of gender. The symposium will be launched by a keynote address from Professor…

Exhibition | TarraWarra International: All that is solid…

Cao Fei Rumba II: Nomad (video still) 2015 video installation, 14:16 min Sound by Artist Dickson Dee Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

TarraWarra International: All that is solid… 2 September – 12 November Curator: Victoria Lynn All that is solid… is the third exhibition in the TarraWarra International series, designed to showcase leading contemporary art practice in a global context. The Australian and international artists in this exhibition depict precarious histories, and their art offers imaginative responses. Many of them use the format of the archival fragment as a starting point for their work – a photograph or video from days gone by. Others depict the current social changes, turbulent conflicts, and altered political landscapes with a new imaginative filter. The artists in this year’s TarraWarra International are Didem Erk (Turkey); Cao Fei (China); Tom Nicholson (Australia); Patrick Pound (Australia); and Cyrus Tang (Australia). More information on the TarraWarra website: www.twma.com.au/exhibition/tarrawarra-international-all-that-is-solid/  

Symposium | The Turbulent Thirties | NGV

In a series of illustrated presentations, curators and historians speak on a chosen artwork from Brave New World: Australia 1930s, concluding with a walk through of the exhibition hosted by co-curators Dr Isobel Crombie and Elena Taylor. SPEAKERS Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, NGV on Max Dupain’s Sunbaker (1938) Prof Rachel Fensham, Professor of Dance and Theatre, University of Melbourne on Andre’s Sonia Revid posing against a wall (1934) Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Sydney Living Museums on Grace Cossington Smith’s The Bridge in-curve (1930) Myles Russell-Cook, Curator, Indigenous Art, NGV on Percy Leason’s Thomas Foster (1934) Elena Taylor, Curator of Art, University of New South Wales on Danila Vassilieff’s Street scene with graffiti (1938) Date: SAT 16 SEP, 10AM–1.30PM Venue: NGV Australia $28 M / $35 A / $32 C, includes exhibition admission More information and bookings via the NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/the-turbulent-thirties/

Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy

Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy Thursdays, 5, 12, 19 & 26 October and 2 November, 2017, 6.15pm-8.15pm ‘All our knowledge begins with the senses…’ (Immanuel Kant). The Faculty of Arts brings together scholars working in the field of Italian studies to present this series of evening lectures exploring the notion of ‘what is Italian’, through an historical journey of the five senses: scent, sight, sound, taste, and touch. Held over five consecutive weeks this program brings to life aspects of Italian culture, history, art, film, literature, music, and food of significant moments throughout Italian history. Learn about the history of perfumes and engage in an interactive session sampling and receiving perfumes from Aquaflor, a Florentine perfume house presented by international olfactory specialist Dr Antonio Artese from Italy. Uncover the hidden identity of one of our beloved Iocal Italian paintings with…

Jobs and Funding | Art History and Curatorship | 1 September 2017

Jobs Australia Curator, Research (MUMA) | Part-time – deadline 12th September 2017 2 Curators, 1 Assistant Curator, Australian Centre for the Moving Image – deadline 10th September 2017 Accessioning Officer, National Film and Sound Archive – deadline 7th September 2017 Collections Manager, Heide Museum of Modern Art – deadline 8th September 2017 International Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory, University of Edinburgh – deadline 20th September 2017 Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer – General Education (Art History/Film Studies), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen – The School of Humanities and Social Science – deadline 20th October 2017 Senior Lecturer/Reader in Digital Humanities, University of East Anglia – deadline 21st September 2017 Funding Paul Mellon Publication Grants – deadline 30th September 2017 NB – For the foreseeable future these notices will now be fortnightly and I am no longer including calls for papers…

Panel Discussion | Is ethnographic photography still a thing?

Is ethnographic photography still a thing? Panel discussion | Australians in PNG Date: 2-3.30pm, 2 September 2017 Venue: Monash Gallery of Art Website: https://www.mga.org.au/event/view/event/568 Join our panellists Artist Lisa Hilli, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre Dr Sharon Huebner and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala as they explore the history of ethnographic photography and question its role in contemporary society. Book your FREE ticket here  About our speakers: Lisa Hilli Born in Rabaul, Lisa is a descendant of the Makurategete Vunatarai (clan) Tolai / Gunantuna people of Papua New Guinea. She received a Masters of Fine Art by Research degree from RMIT University. Through her practice Lisa references and prioritises Indigenous knowledge and matrilineal systems to subvert colonial and Western histories contained with ethnographic and archival material. Currently Lisa is a Museums Victoria 1854 Scholar undertaking a…

New Publication and Launch | Rick Amor: An Online Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints by Irena Zdanowicz

Rick Amor: An Online Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints by Irena Zdanowicz was launched on 15 July in Canberra at the National Gallery of Australia during the symposium ‘The Art of Attribution: The Catalogue Raisonné in the 21st Century’, organized jointly by the NGA and the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne. This publication is the first online catalogue raisonné of prints to be published in Australia and is a work in progress. Its first phase documents Rick Amor’s intaglio prints and their 900-plus states; the relief prints and lithographs will be added in due course. The catalogue is a work of independent scholarship, supported by Black Moon Pty Ltd, and by Niagara Galleries, Melbourne. Rick Amor: An Online Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints is now available to be consulted, free of charge, at: http://catalogue.rickamor.com.au The…

Exhibitions at the State LIbrary of Victoria

Self-made: zines and artist books This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture, from limited-run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines. Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, ground-breaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications, and artist books designed to defy tradition and buck the commercial gallery system. Free Open daily during Library hours 11 August –12 November 2017 Free guided tours: Tuesdays 12.30pm, Thursdays 6pm, Sundays 3pm Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery Looped: artist books in the round In this unique installation from artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, each glass-panelled cabinet case around the domed reading room’s original heritage dais becomes a page. Free Open daily during Library hours 4 August –26 November 2017 La Trobe Reading Room