Tag: Ian Potter Museum of Art

Panel Discussion | Collectivism and the art of the poster making | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Convenor: Roger Butler AM, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings, NGA Speakers: Exhibiting artists Carole Wilson, Dianna Wells, Nicholas Mau, Wendy Black, Julie Sheils Join Roger Butler and some of the artists exhibiting in the exhibition for a discussion of the power of this community art movement as a mode of social commentary and how they went about designing and printing posters, pamphlets, postcards, t-shirts, banners and fabric to disseminate their views. Don’t Be Too Polite: Posters and activism features works by printmaking collectives Redletter Community Workshop Inc. (1977-1991), Another Planet Posters (1985-1991) and Red Planet Inc. (1992-2001) spanning from the early eighties to the mid-nineties. The prints reflect community engagement and concerns for the socio-political and changing economic environment of the late twentieth century. Producing timely and significant works in response to nuclear testing, shifting social norms, a…

Book Launch | Talking Contemporary Curating | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Friday 29 Jul 2016, 6.00- 8.00pm Terry Smith, Rebecca Coates & Tara McDowell In 2015, Terry Smith launched his second publication, Talking Contemporary Curating, as part of ICI’s series Perspectives in Curating. To accompany the Melbourne launch of this important publication, Terry Smith will be speaking with Rebecca Coates (curator and writer, Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, UoM, and Director, SAM, Shepparton Art Museum) and Tara McDowell(Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, MADA, Monash University). The conversation will be moderated by Professor Charles Green. Talking Contemporary Curating offers timely reflections by curators, art historians, critics, and artists on emergent debates in curatorial practice around the world. Featuring arts industry professionals and theorists deeply immersed in reflecting upon the demands of their respective practices; the contexts of exhibition making; and the platforms through which art may be made public. The dozen searching…

Forum | Max and Olive | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Olive Cotton Max after surfing 1937 gelatin silver photograph 38 x 30 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006

Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in twentieth century Australian photography. Champions of modernism, they were an important and influential part of a generation of Australian photographers during the 1930s and ‘40s, engaged in international debates on the role of photography in modern Australian life. Through their images they explored the ways that form, technology and the properties of photography come together. Working separately, but often alongside each other they created a sense of a ‘contemporary Australian photography’ for the first time. Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain is the first exhibition to bring together Dupain and Cotton’s work in a comprehensive way. Join us for an illuminating forum discussing these two luminaries of Australian photography. Speakers Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, National Gallery of Victoria and author of Body Culture: Max…

Exhibition | Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 31 May 2016 to Sunday 24 Jul 2016 A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in Australian visual culture. They shared a long and close personal and professional relationship. This exhibition looks at their work made between 1934 and 1945, the period of their professional association; this was an exciting period of experimentation and growth in Australian photography, and Cotton and Dupain were at the centre of these developments. This is the first exhibition to look at the work of these two photographers as they shared their lives, studio and professional practice. The exhibition includes 71 photographs from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and focuses on the key period in each of their careers, when they made many of their most memorable images. Keenly aware of international…

Talks | ‘My Learned Object’ | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Ten Minute Talks at Ian Potter Museum of Art Date: Saturday 30th Jan, 1pm Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston St, University of Melbourne My Learned Object: Collections & Curiosities is drawn from the Cultural Collections and hidden storerooms of the University of Melbourne. These four ten minute talks will give insights into otherwise unseen parts of the University’s collection from the Science, Medical, History and Arts Faculties and showcase historical learning tools used since 1890. Such is life | Ryan Jefferies, Curator, Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology An exploration of the phrenological interpretation of Ned Kelly’s death mask and the prominence of ‘memento mori’ in Victorian times. Learn who created this death mask, why it was acquired for anatomical research at the University of Melbourne and how 3D technology has helped conserve this iconic cultural…

Exhibition | My learned object: collections and curiosities | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Saturday 5 Dec 2015 to Sunday 28 Feb 2016. Guest curator: Dr David Sequeira. My learned object: collections & curiosities draws its content from over 25 of the University of Melbourne’s cultural collections. Rich and varied, the cultural collections form an integral part of the workings of the University.  Primary documents—decorative arts, botanical specimens, zoological specimens, paintings, models, furniture, bones, photographs, books, scientific equipment, ephemera (the list goes on… ) from across all university collections can be largely divided into three main categories, namely the arts, the sciences and the archives. There is considerable overlap amongst these areas andMy learned object is a rare opportunity to explore the possibilities of these intersections. The exhibition’s four main themes—people and personalities, same but different, chromatic variation and mapping Melbourne—connect objects from diverse collections to create unique resonances, removing items from the specificity of…

News | Ian Potter Museum of Art appoints new Curatorial Manager

The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne has appointed Jacqueline Doughty to the position of Curatorial Manager. Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art says, “We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline to the Potter and look forward to working with her on the next exciting phase of the Museum’s development. Jacqueline’s innovative and collaborative curatorial approach, interest in the activation of historical and contemporary collections, and ability to work in a cross-disciplinary manner will bring much to the Potter’s programs”. Jacqueline comes to the Potter with over 20 years professional experience in the contemporary art sector encompassing curatorial projects, research, writing, arts administration, organisational management and strategic planning in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Most recently the Deputy Director/Senior Curator of Gertrude Contemporary, where she has worked for over 15 years, Jacqueline managed…

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

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 carefully spot lit (no annoying glare on paintings) makes for an intimate and contemplative viewing experience, which suits the religious…

Exhibition | An illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book and other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection | Ian Potter Museum of Art

A new exhibition opening at the Ian Potter Museum of this Art provides an opportunity for Melbourne audiences to see art from the Kerry Stokes Collection, including the famous Rothschild Prayer Book. The exhibition is curated by Emeritus Professor Margaret Manion and brings together paintings, stained glass, polychrome sculpture and other art dating from between 1280 and 1685. Mr Stokes has built his collection of illuminated manuscripts over the past forty years, though many of the works included in this exhibition, such as the Pieter Breughel the Younger painting Calvary (1615), are more recent acquisitions stimulated by his recent purchase of the Rothschild Prayer Book (c. 1505 – 1510 ) in early January 2014. The Rothschild Prayer Book is a masterpiece of Flemish Renaissance art and it is considered one of the finest illuminated manuscripts in private hands. It was…

Artist Talk | Julie Rrap – Remaking the World | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Julie Rrap will talk about her new exhibition Remaking the World. this Friday 31st July, 1 – 1.30pm, at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. All welcome. Free talk. About the Exhibition Julie Rrap has been working across painting, photography, sculpture and video since the 1970s. Her art often focuses on the naked human form and examines the ways in which the human body is perceived and represented in the history of Western art. Her work uses humour and a sense of irony to encourage the viewer’s to engage with themes such as gender, fetish, sexuality and death. Julie Rrap: Remaking the World at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, examines the creative process and the notion of the artist as genius. In the exhibition Rrap has used the architecture of the museum to…

Exhibition | Julie Rrap – Remaking the World | Ian Potter Museum of Art

23rd July until Sunday 25th November 2015. Curator Vincent Alessi. Julie Rrap has been working across painting, photography, sculpture and video since the 1970s. Her art often focuses on the naked human form and examines the ways in which the human body is perceived and represented in the history of Western art. Her work uses humour and a sense of irony to encourage the viewer’s to engage with themes such as gender, fetish, sexuality and death. Julie Rrap: Remaking the World at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, examines the creative process and the notion of the artist as genius. In the exhibition Rrap has used the architecture of the museum to create two spaces analogous to the two spheres or ‘worlds’ of the brain. One gallery, Remaking the World: artists’ dreaming is an ‘asleep’ world, wheretwenty…

Exhibition | Brook Andrew – Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts | Ian Potter Museum of Art

A new exhibition at the Ian Potter Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist Brook Andrew explores an additional understanding of the ANZAC story, in a major new exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne. Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts challenges popular narratives around the ANZAC legend to reveal and highlight stories hidden over time. The exhibition seeks to give voice to other histories such as Indigenous and immigration that have become silent, and reveals Australia as a place of sanctuary.  It asks questions about what we remember, personally and collectively, and how we commemorate.The exhibition features new sculptural work from Andrew, as well as items selected by Andrew from his own archives and from the University of Melbourne Collections, including the University Art Collection, Archives, Maps, Rare Books, Zoology and the Baillieu Library Print Collection. For each day of…

Floor Talk| Kelly Gellatly on Richard Avedon People | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Join the Potter’s Director Kelly Gellatly for a director’s tour of Richard Avedon People. American photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. The exhibition Richard Avedon People explores Avedon’s work from 1949 to 2002. Avedon is best known for transforming fashion photography from the late 1940s onwards. The full breadth of Avedon’s renowned work is revealed in this exhibition of 80 black and white photographs. The exhibition include instantly recognisable portraits of artists, celebrities, and countercultural leaders as well as many of Avedon’s portraits that capture ordinary New Yorkers and the people of America’s West. Richard Avedon People pays close attention to the dynamic relationship between the photographer and his sitters and focuses on Avedon’s portraits across social strata, particularly his interest in counter-culture. At the core of his artistic work was a profound concern with the emotional and social freedom of the individual in society. The…

Exhibition | Everyday Imagining: New Perspectives on Outside Art | Ian Potter Museum of Art

The exhibition Everyday imagining: New Perspectives on Outsider art will be on at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 October 2014 – 18 January 2015. The exhibition will feature the work of artists Andrew Blythe, Kelly Greaves, Julian Martin, Jack Napthine, Lisa Reid, Martin Thompson and Terry Williams. The term ‘Outsider art’ was coined by British art historian Roger Cardinal in 1974 expanding on the 1940s French concept of art brut—artworks made by the institutionalised mentally ill—to include artworks made by folk artists and those who are self-taught, disabled, or on the edges of society. The work of Outsider artists is often interpreted as expressing a unique inner vision unsullied by social or cultural influences. Everyday imagining: new perspectives on Outsider art counters this view by presenting contemporary Outsider artists whose works reveal their proactive engagement with the everyday…

Floor Talks | Make it Last Longer: Conservation Conversations at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

If you want to know how to look after your collections, or how conservators analyse, preserve and conserve cultural material, you are welcome to attend this free event. Learn how art and science merge with a behind the scenes tour of our secretive laboratories. Led by the second year students in the Master of Conservation Cultural Materials at the University of Melbourne, this promises to be a fascinating insight into the preservation of culture. Meet in the foyer at the Potter and be taken on a series of lightning talks on selected works around the gallery. Then, head to the CCMC labs for a behind the scenes look at conservation science and practice. Attendance is free but RSVP essential via the Ian Potter Museum of Art website. Date: Friday, August 15 at 10 am Venue: The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.