Tag Archive for Architectural History

News | Melbourne Open House 2014 program announced

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Melbourne Open House has announced their list of buildings for 2014. Buildings with a specific connection to the arts include: National Gallery of Victoria; Arts Centre; Johnston Collection; Australia Tapestry Workshop; City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection; Grainger Museum; and the Myer Mural Hall. Open House Melbourne is a free event, providing access to the city’s most significant buildings. Most buildings are open access across the event weekend, which means all you need to do is turn up. Several buildings or special tours must be pre-booked using the ballot system, which…

Talk | For the Nobility, Gentry and Curious in General: Richard Dubourg’s Classical Exhibition, 1775-1819 | Melbourne Museum

Richard Duborg, Cork Collosseum, circa 1800. Melbourne Museum.

History, Culture & Collections | Humanities Department Museum Victoria Seminar Series 2014 For the Nobility, Gentry & Curious in General: Richard Dubourg’s Classical Exhibition, 1775-1819 Dr Richard Gillespie and Sarah Babister Museum Victoria has a cork model of the Colosseum made by English artist Richard Duborg circa 1800. This extraordinary model was part of Dubourg’s collection of cork models of sites from classical antiquity, exhibited in London in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The exhibition brought the Grand Tour to London, aiming to educate and entertain a diverse audience –…

Conversations | Balancing development and urban heritage in Melbourne – Gerard Vaughan and Ray Tonkin | Newman College

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This public ‘conversation’ will be the first of a trio to be held at Newman College over the next few months on the theme of ‘conserving the past, ensuring the future’. In this first event in the series, Professor Gerard Vaughan discusses with Ray Tonkin, former executive director of Heritage Victoria, some of the prospects and problems that confront us. Date: Wednesday 9th April, 5pm Venue: The Oratory, Newman College (University of Melbourne), 887 Swanston Street, Parkville, VIC 3052 Free. Bookings can be made via this website. Future events in this series: Monday…

Lecture | Donald Bates ‘Architecture, Imagination and Consequences’

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As part of the Ian Potter Museum of Art exhibition ‘The Piranesi effect’ leading international architect Donald Bates will discuss the continuing relevance and influence of Piranesi on contemporary architectural practice today ins his lecture ‘Architecture, Imagination and Consequences’. Professor Donald L Bates FAIA, RIBA is Chair of Architectural Design at the University of Melbourne and Founder/Director, LAB architecture studio. Date: Saturday 5 April, 2-3pm Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Parkville Website: http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/public-programs/current-events/prgm-date/2014-04-05/prgm/saturday-lecture-the-piranesi-effect Free event but seating is limited – book via the Ian Potter website.…

Lecture Series | Views of Ancient Rome at the State Library of Victoria

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Veduta interna del Panteon (View of the interior of the Pantheon), 1760s-70s edition.

Views of Ancient Rome lecture series In association with ASA Cultural Tours, the State Library of Victoria is holding a lecture series that coincides with the exhibition Rome: Piranesi’s vision. The Ruins and Discoveries of Rome 1500-1700  Prof. Frank Sear illuminates the complex development of Roman architecture, examining the ruins that supplied both inspiration and material for the construction of the papal city. Thursday 27 March, 6-7pm Piranesi and Views of Ancient and Modern Rome  Prof. David Marshall talks about Piranesi and the differing views of ancient and modern Rome.…

Symposium | Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque | Full Program

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Remains of the aqueduct of Nero, 1760-78, etching, Baillieu Library Print Collection, the University of Melbourne.

Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque Thursday 27th – Friday 28th February 2014 | University of Melbourne The Australian Institute of Art History, in collaboration with the University Library and the State Library of Victoria will host a conference on Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque on 27 and 28 February 2014 at the University of Melbourne. The conference is conceived in relation to the exhibition, Rome: Piranesi’s vision, 22 February – 22 June, 2014, State Library of Victoria, and the related exhibition The Piranesi Effect,…

Exhibitions and Symposium | ‘Rome: Piranesi’s Vision’ at the SLV and ‘The Piranesi Effect’ at the Ian Potter

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Remains of the aqueduct of Nero, 1760-78, etching, Baillieu Library Print Collection, the University of Melbourne.

In February 2014 two exhibitions on the eighteenth-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi will open in Melbourne. The State Library of Victoria will host ‘Rome: Piranesi’s Vision’ – an exhibition of Piranesi’s prints, with a particular focus on his Vedute di Roma. This exhibition will draw on the collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. It will also include illustrated books and paintings by his contemporaries. More information and details of related events on the SLV website. The exhibition is free and will run from Saturday…

New Book | Building a new world: a history of the State Library of Victoria 1853–1913 – Harriet Edquist

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Building a new world: a history of the State Library of Victoria 1853–1913 By Harriet Edquist A free e-book published by the State Library of Victoria, November 2013 For the young colony of Victoria, the 1850s was a time of optimism and hunger for social change. Buoyed by gold-rush wealth and the freedom to create a new kind of society, key thinkers in government, arts and industry set about creating an ambitious urban vision for Melbourne as a modern city combining the best of old Europe with the spirit of…

Art and Art History News | September 20th 2013

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 Art and Art History News Katrina Grant The Atlantic asked its readers to tell them why Humanities PhD programs (in the US) haven’t collapsed (and in some cases are growing) if there is no job market? They elicited an interesting range of responses, I think my favourite is ‘Perhaps there is simply an inverse ratio between how much a person loves something, and how carefully they consider the economic wisdom of pursuing it.’ Indeed.  A thoughtful piece on ABC arts by Barnaby Smith asks whether curatorial choices in the new…

Lecture | Stephen Orgel ‘Real Places in Imaginary Spaces: Architecture, Theatre and the World of Jonson and Shakespeare’

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Real Places in Imaginary Spaces: Architecture, Theatre and the World of Jonson and Shakespeare Stephen Orgel The architect Inigo Jones’s settings for the fantastic masques he designed for the Stuart court often have a specific, recognizable topography, anchoring what Bacon called toys, Shakespeare called vanities, Samuel Daniel called punctilos of dreams, in a very solid social and architectural reality. Increasingly, moreover, the masque façades are buildings designed by Jones himself. This lecture, illustrated with slides of Jones’s architectural and stage designs, discusses the intersection of theatre and architecture at a…

Lecture | The logic of Joseph Reed’s many styles

The Public Library, Melbourne, Joseph Reed, 1854, lithograph with tint stone. SLV collection.

The logic of Joseph Reed’s many styles Chris Wood A free talk at the State Library of Victoria by Christopher Wood, director of ASA cultural tours, about Melbourne’s major nineteenth-century architect, Joseph Reed (1823–90). Reed’s use of Classical, Romanesque, Gothic, Palladian and many other styles for ‘monuments’ like the Melbourne Public Library, Town Hall, Independent Church (Collins Street), Scots’ Church (Collins Street) and the Melbourne Exhibition Building seems at first sight to follow no logical thread, other than showiness. This lecture will demonstrate that Reed, a highly educated polymath, evolved…

Phd Scholarship | Griffith University PhD Scholarship in Architectural History

Griffith University PhD Scholarship in Architectural History About the scholarship Griffith University’s architecture discipline welcomes applicants for a PhD scholarship in architectural history. The PhD project will complement research on the ARC-funded Future Fellowship recently awarded to A/Prof Andrew Leach (2012-16), which will investigate the status of architectural ideas in the contemporary city (focussed on Australia’s Gold Coast) in light of the recent history of architectural theory. There is scope for the PhD candidate to study any aspect of the intellectual history of architectural culture since the 1960s. Research may…

Event | The Italian Renaissance in Australia – a tribute to Villa I Tatti

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The Italian Renaissance in Australia – a tribute to Villa I Tatti This public and free event brings together for the first time Australian scholars who have, over the previous years, held fellowships at the prestigious Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of this extraordinary institution and these scholars wish to pay tribute to the contribution it has made to their research by presenting their own work as well as that of some of their American I Tatti colleagues.…

Call for Papers | OPEN: The Thirtieth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

OPEN | The Thirtieth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 2-5 July 2013 On behalf of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, we invite proposals for contributions to the Society’s thirtieth annual conference, to be staged principally at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus in Queensland, Australia. Our theme is OPEN. While papers may address any chronology or geography in the history of architecture, we invite contributors to reflect on what they regard to be the open questions…

Call for Papers | Transitory, Transportable and Transformable: Temporary Conditions in Architecture

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Transitory, Transportable and Transformable: Temporary Conditions in Architecture Symposium of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, London, May 2013 Proposals are invited for papers addressing the theme of TEMPORARY CONDITIONS IN  ARCHITECTURE to be presented at the 2013 Annual Symposium of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, to be held Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, London  EC1M 6EL, on Saturday 18 May  2013. Architecture is generally regarded as being, for the most part, permanent, static and immutable.  However some significant buildings are intended to be temporary, whereas others are designed…