Tag: Contemporary Art

Book launch: Grace McQuilten ‘Art in Consumer Culture: Mis-Design’

Book launch Grace McQuilten ‘Art in Consumer Culture: Mis-Design‘ Anthony White, Senior Lecturer, Art History, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne will launch Art in Consumer Culture: Mis-Design. In this book, McQuilten asks the contemporary art world to be honest about the pervasive effects of co modification and the difficulty of staging critique. The book examines the collusion of ‘art’ and ‘design’ in contemporary artistic practices in order to find avenues of critique in a commercially driven cultural landscape. Date: Thursday 15th September, 6:30pm Venue: Readings Bookshop, Carlton Free no need to book. An exhibition curated by Grace McQuilten is currently on at the Ian potter Museum at the University of Melbourne – http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/art_exhibitions_browse.aspx?category=current http://www.readings.com.au/event/grace-mcquilten-book-launch-of-art-in-consumer-culture-mis-design

Symposium: Reprogramming the Art Museum – Curatorial & Education Strategies for the 21st Century

Reprogramming the Art Museum – Curatorial & Education Strategies for the 21st Century This symposium will provide a forum to debate new models of program and audience development for the 21st century at two critical points: program generation and delivery and to explore the implications of these ideas on contemporary art practice. All presenters, (international and local), have been invited to respond to the following broad themes: The evolving role of the contemporary art museum in the construction and distribution of knowledge. The civic role of the contemporary art museum in the community. Engagement through audience responsive exhibitions and programming Keynote addresses: Adam Lerner, Director, MCA Denver. Justine McLisky Head of Young People, National Portrait Gallery, London. Lawrence Rinder, Director, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, University of California Berkeley Dominic Willsdon, Leanne & George Roberts Curator of Education and Public…

Three New Exhibitions at MUMA

Three New Exhibitions at MUMA The Monash University Museum of Art has three new exhibitions opening this Thursday, 4th August: Juan Davila – The Devil had a Daughter – Collected Collaborations. Also see details of public programs for each exhibition. All events free entry. Bookings essential: muma@monash.edu or 03 9905 4217. For further details and additional public programs see www.monash.edu.au/muma/events. Opening function With opening remarks at 4.00pm by Shane Carmody, Director, Collections and Access, State Library of Victoria. Date: Saturday 13 August 2011 3-5pm. Venue: Monash Museum of Art, located on the ground floor of Building F at Monash University, Caulfield Campus Exhibition 1 Juan DavilaThe Moral Meaning of Wilderness Exhibition Dates: 4 August – 1st October The Moral Meaning of Wilderness features recent work by Juan Davila, one of Australia’s most distinguished artists. The exhibition sees Davila turn to the genres of landscape…

Symposium – Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space, ANU School of Art, Canberra, 20 July – 23 July 2011

Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space ANU School of Art, Canberra, 20 July – 23 July 2011 The Australian National University School of Art presents Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space, an international symposium to be held in Canberra from the 20th to the 23rd of July 2011. International and local artists, architects, designers and public intellectuals will converge to explore the role of art in the public spaces of the contemporary community. Diverse practices will be revealed across digital, relational, guerrilla, ephemeral, heritage, commemorative and architectural spaces. Participants will discover Canberra’s vibrant public art scene, as well as glimpsing the failed dreams of those projects that might have been. Canberra, Australia’s capital, was planned at a time when faith in the role of art and design in perfecting inhabited space was at its zenith. A remnant…

The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination – Performance by Slave Pianos at MUMA

The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination Performance by Slave Pianos at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA MUMA presents a performance by Slave Pianos on the final day of the acclaimed exhibition Slave Pianos | Punkasila | Pipeline to Oblivion: 3 Projects by Danius Kesminas and Collaborators. Slave Pianos is a provocative and highly inventive collective of artists, composers and musicians devoted to the exhibition, collection, analysis, performance and re-composition of sound work by visual artists. The closing day performance The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination will combine theatre, music and art to activate elements of the exhibition including a parlour-grand piano suspended in an electric chair. Building on the installation work The execution protocol 2007-11 and incorporating texts by Joanna Murray-Smith, Julian Barnes and John C. Welchman, The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination will feature actor Richard Piper, an electrically charged tesla…

Artworks on ABC Radio National presents MONA Free Forum at the Wheeler Centre

MONA free forum at the Wheeler Centre An adult Disneyland, a bold experiment in the way contemporary art is displayed, a temple to sex and death or one man’s obsessive folly? David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) outside  Hobart has attracted almost 200,000 visitors since it opened in January with the local art world’s most lavish party. So what’s it all about and can the interest be sustained? Presenter of ABC Radio National’s Artworks program, Amanda Smith, will join philosopher John Armstrong,  Juliana Engberg (director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) and artist Peter Hill in a debate about MONA. Venue: Wheeler Centre  176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, on Date: Thursday July 14 at 6pm. Entry is free. The event will launch the new MONA issue of Island, Tasmania’s literary magazine. For more information and to…

Melbourne Conversations: Contemporary Art and the Public Arena: Global Perspectives

As part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150 year anniversary celebrations, a distinguished global panel of art professionals will consider the critical importance of creating, collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. This free event is special collaboration between the City of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. Date: Wednesday 25 May 2011 Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Entry from 5.30pm Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne Panellists: Mr Bill Henson – Visual Artist, Melbourne Ms Mami Kataoka – Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Mr Li Lei, Director – Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China Mr Terry Smith –  Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, Henry Clay Frick Department of the History and Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, USA Moderator: Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne For further information see the…

Exhibition: Vernacular Cultures and Contemporary Art from Australia, India and the Philippines

Vernacular Cultures and Contemporary Art from Australia, India and the Philippines 3 May – 17 June LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art Curated as part of La Trobe University’s 2011 Festival of Ideas, this exhibition features contemporary artists whose work incorporates expressions of indigenous and/or locally specific popular cultures. Examining diverse practices that engage themes including surf culture, tattoo designs, informal architectural and colloquial language, the exhibition asks how contemporary artists remobolise vernacular cultures to interrogate and mediate the cultural ethics of globalisation. La Trobe University Museum of Art La Trobe University Ground floor, Glenn College Bundoora Campus Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm. Free admission http://www.latrobe.edu.au/luma

Art Talk: Penny Byrne

Art Talks: Free Lunchtime Lecture Penny Byrne Penny Byrne has been described as a political cartoonist who uses ceramics. Highly regarded as a leading authority on ceramic restoration, Byrne started making her own work in 2001; it covers a range of contemporary issues from the environment to Australian and American politics and lampoons the failings of contemporary society. The artist’s reworked ceramic figurines – often made from the kitsch remnants of someone else’s interior design disaster – have captured people’s imagination and incited much commentary with their witty and unapologetic imagery. Penny Byrne will be speaking about her career as an artist and conservator (and the move from the latter to the former) in a free public lecture at the Chadstone campus. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and learn more about one of Australia’s most talented sculptors. When: 12.30…

Call for Papers:Experimental Arts Conference

Call for Papers Experimental Arts Conference 19-20 August 2011  Main Conference and Discussion Forum and 17-18 August 2011 National Postgraduate Conference, both at  Scientia Building, UNSW Deadline for Abstracts: 27 April 2011 “We have entered the experimental age…Experiments are no longer conducted just in the laboratory. They have become collective experiments that concern each and every one of us.” Bruno Latour, 2004 What is experimentation? What makes art ‘experimental’? What are the results of aesthetic experiments and why do we need them? Could artists invent new modes of experimentation with/for science? What are the differences between experiments and inventions; experiments and failures; experiment and innovation? How do we set up ethico-scientific-aesthetic experiments? This conference will showcase and discuss innovative arts projects by leading practitioners, thinkers and research groups that model new forms of transdisciplinarity and offer new ways of addressing real-world issues.…

Call for Papers: Contemporary Art and the French Riviera: An experimental territory, 1951-2011

Call for Papers Contemporary Art and the French Riviera: An experimental territory, 1951-2011 International Conference, Valrose Campus of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and at the national centre of contemporary art at the Villa Arson, France September 29 – October 1, 2011 The full call for papers can be downloaded from here (pdf). Summary The international conference ‘Contemporary Art and the French Riviera: An experimental territory, 1951-2011’ sets out to launch and a reflection on contemporary art in a given territory, i.e. the French Riviera, from the end of the Second World War to nowadays. The goal is to understand for what reasons the French Riviera has been for the last 60 years an extraordinary laboratory which has been ceaselessly  producing and welcoming new artists. What is expected from the papers and plenary sessions is a discussion going beyond the usual…

Lecture: Conservation Challenges of Contemporary Art – Jane Norman

Melbourne University, Faculty of Arts Public Lecture: Conservation Challenges of Contemporary Art Ms Jane Norman Museums develop standards for protecting works of art under their care and this process, while constantly evolving, is tested most vigorously with the acquisition, installation and collections care of contemporary art. The ephemeral nature of many works, the involvement of living artists, and the questions raised when preserving the integrity of conceptual artwork with replacement components: these are some of the issues facing conservators working to protect and conserve contemporary art. The talk will highlight several examples from American collections where collaboration, compromise and tradition-based conservation training helped find solutions to new challenges in the field of conservation. Biography: Jane Norman is an objects conservator, currently in private practice in Washington, D.C. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Arts degree in Ethnographic and Archeological Conservation, both from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She worked for many years at the Smithsonian Institution, first in the Anthropology Conservation Laboratory at the National Museum…

NGV Lecture: The history of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection and presentation of modern art, from 1870 to the present

NGV Programs presents: The history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection and presentation of modern art, from 1870 to the present Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Chairman, Nineteenth Century, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Join us for an evening lecture on twentieth century art by the 2011 Australian International Cultural Foundation Visiting Scholar and discover how The Met’s collecting practices aided in the creation of other New York institutions such as MoMA and the Whitney. This lecture is generously supported by the Australian International Cultural Foundation, an affiliate of Art Exhibitions Australia. Date: Thursday 24th March, 6pm. Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International (enter North Entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt), NGV International. Cost: Free. Bookings not essential but seats are limited.

Talk: Arlo Mountford in Conversation

Arlo Mountford in Conversation at LUMA LUMA Curator Ryan Johnston talks to Arlo Mountford about the elaborate processes via which he makes his digital films, as well as the art historical ideas and pop cultural inspirations behind them. This is a fun way to view the exhibition if you have not already done so, or to revisit the show to broaden your knowledge of the work, while enjoying some light refreshments. Date: Monday 28 March 2011, from 1:15 – 2:15pm. Venue: LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art, Ground floor, Glenn College, Bundoora Campus (nearest car parking in Carpark 6 or 7). This is a FREE event For more information contact: Anita La Pietra Public Programs and Education Officer LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art T +61 3 9479 2111 E A.LaPietra@latrobe.edu.au www.latrobe.edu.au/luma

Symposium: Digital Light – Technique, Technology, Creation

Digital Light: Technique, Technology, Creation Free symposium, 18–19 March 2011, Melbourne This interdisciplinary symposium invites leading international and Australian figures working with digital light-based technologies to consider the capacities and limitations of contemporary digital processes. How do contemporary digital media imitate, advance or retreat from the achievements of older techniques and devices? Why do accidental artefacts of specific media become desirable outcomes in others? What role do artists and artisans play in redefining technologies through technique? Artists, curators and technologists will explore these questions from diverse angles, each exploring the techniques and technologies used in depicting, recording and projecting digital light. Confirmed speakers: Geoffrey Batchen (Art Historian, NZ) Victor Burgin (Artist, UK) Steve Dietz (Curator, US) Jon Ippolito (Artist/Curator, US) Stephen Jones (Artist/Historian, AUST) Alex Monteith (Artist, NZ) Christiane Paul (Curator, US) Jeffrey Shaw (Artist, HK) Alvy Ray Smith (Computer…