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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…

Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline 2015 Lecture #4 | David Raskin – Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Inhuman Photographs

hiroshi sugimoto

In asking why responses to Sugimoto’s photographs turn on a dime from awe to scorn, I suggest that these strange works of art manage to escape human desires. My hope is that by moving the conversation away from entrenched dichotomies such aesthetics or anti-aesthetics and toward an analysis of the nature of objects and feelings, I can suggest the ethical and practical consequences of inhuman art. David Raskin is Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Editor-in-Chief of caa.reviews. He is author of Donald Judd (Yale University Press, 2010), and other scholarly publications, including essays on Noriyuki Haraguchi, Ad Reinhardt, Jo Baer, Olle Baertling, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Carl Andre, and…

Boiler Room Lecture | Charles Esche | Artistic freedom and cultural critique in the context of corporatism in the art world

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Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA] and Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA] are pleased to co-present in partnership with the Research Unit in Public Cultures [RUPC] and the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne, a keynote lecture by Charles Esche, Director, the Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands. This lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Charles Esche convened by Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne. For almost two decades, Charles Esche has been a protagonist in reshaping the curatorial landscape. His work as a director of important European institutions, curator of major biennials and both writer and publisher of critical…

Lecture | Gertrude–Discipline Lecture #3 | Timothy Moore

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The third Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline lecture for 2015 will be given by Timothy Moore on Tuesday the 28th of April, at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Please N.B. the change of venue to Kalex at 166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. ABSTRACT Temporary architecture — that forms a community pavilion or event, a communal working space, artistic intervention, cultural platform or gastronomical destination — has had increased attention in wealthy economies in the twenty-first century. The pop-up project soon pops-down, however its effects are far from temporary. This is the screensaver, where a temporary project acts as a transition slide for a city yet to come. Screensaver architecture can be read cynically as low-cost aesthetic camouflage that may disguise speculative development to follow.…

Boiler Room Lecture | Matt Mullican | Wheeler Centre

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MUMA, in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a keynote lecture by renowned artist Matt Mullican. The lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Lars Bang Larsen, co-curator of Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits. For the last 30 years Matt Mullican has experimented with hypnosis to create work that both examines his subconscious, and functions as a strategy to break from the patterns of everyday life. Mullican’s practice interrogates systems of knowledge, meaning and language through drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. His interest in modified states of awareness led him to work under hypnotically induced psychoses, and it was during his first…

Lecture | ‘Inspiration by Design: the Victoria and Albert Museum and its Library’ Julius Bryant | State Library of Victoria


Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum will share stories about the National Art Library, and discuss the future of the institution. The founding mission of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art Library was to be an encyclopaedic visual resource for the creative industries and designers of the future, conceived as part of an educational project to reform arts and manufacturing in Britain following the Great Exhibition of 1851. The State Library’s exhibition Inspiration by Design (from 20 March to 14 June) showcases some of the world’s finest book art and design, on loan from the acclaimed Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art Library. Date: 23rd March 6-7pm Venue: Village Roadshow Theatre, State…

Lecture | Terence Maloon on Tony Tuckson and Ian Fairweather at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Tony Tuckson
Black on white, large upright c. 1958-1961
Oil on composition board,
183 x 122.4 cm
Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO 2003,
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection

‘Tuckson, Fairweather and the Crisis of the Easel Picture’ | Terence Maloon, Director, ANU Drill Hall Gallery and Art Collection To celebrate the exhibitions Ian Fairweather: The Drunken Buddha and Tony Tuckson: Paintings and Drawings, the curator, art historian and critic Terence Maloon will present a keynote lecture on these two major Australian artists. In particular, he will discuss how each artist responded to, and acted out, what the critic Clement Greenberg described in 1948 as the ‘crisis of the easel picture’. The lecture followed by refreshments. Date: 8th February, 4-5pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville -Yarra Glen Road, Healesville. Website: www.twma.com.au Tickets $20.00 adult / $15 concession (Pension & Student card holders). Includes Museum entry, lecture &…

Lecture | Divided emotions, radical religions and apocalyptic expectations in the sixteenth-century Augsburg ‘Book of Miracles’ | Jenny Spinks

mage: Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 114: “In 1533, three suns shone similarly…” Courtesy of Day Faber.

Sixteenth-century printed and manuscript wonder books compiled reports of comets, floods, earthquakes, monstrous births, and other terrifying and extraordinary phenomena. Such compendia appeared in great numbers after 1556, and German-language wonder books were produced most commonly in Switzerland and in northern German lands. Some wonder books also appeared before the mid-1550s, and in other German regions, although these are works that have received much less attention and analysis. This paper will examine a recently-discovered and richly illustrated manuscript wonder book that was produced in Augsburg in the late 1540s, during a period of intense religious and political division within the city around the 1548 Augsburg Interim. German-language wonder books generally reflect Lutheran or Swiss Protestant approaches to the interpretation of…

Lecture | The Rococo Erotics of Disguise and Innocence: Revisiting the issue of viewing pleasure in the ancien régime | Patricia Simons

"Jupiter in the Guise of Diana, and the Nymph Callisto" by François Boucher (1759). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The erotic pleasure of rococo art is usually considered frivolous and feminine, but what if the seeming superficiality and insincerity did have emotive impact? By considering images of playful babes and mythological nymphs, this lecture demonstrates that the masquerade of insignificance enabled the true mask, the nonchalant disguise of innocence, which nevertheless luxuriated in sensuality. Patricia Simons’ scholarly interests include the art of Renaissance Europe (primarily Italy, France and the Netherlands) with a special focus on the representation of gender and sexuality and interdisciplinary research on materiality, visuality and material culture. Her work, published in anthologies and peer-review journals like Art History, Renaissance Quarterly, and Renaissance Studies, has investigated such issues as portraiture as a mode of fictive representation, medical discourse in relation…

Lecture | Museums for Contemporary Art in Central Europe – Dr Katarzyna Jagodzińska | University of Melbourne

Royal Castle in Budapest – seat of the Hungarian National Gallery and first seat of the Ludwig Museum

For countries in Central Europe the revolution in 1989 meant a new freedom in cultural activity and artistic creation, the beginning of transparent principles in financing culture, the end of censorship, as well as unhampered access to international cooperation. It is certainly one of the most symbolic dates in history. A period of transition began, when fully democratic states and societies were built. As an important element of civil societies, culture was also involved in the process of adaptation to the rules of free-market economy. But it does not mean that in institutions collecting and exhibiting art this transformation occurred instantly. An exception in Central Europe was Hungary, where initiatives aimed at creating a museum of contemporary art commenced before…

Lecture | Continuum and Urban Boundary Propositions – Ash Keating | La Trobe University

Ash Keating, West Park Proposition (2012), Truganina, Victoria. Photo by Greta Costello for Ash Keating

Melbourne artist Ash Keating will present a public lecture as part of his Artist Residency with the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University.Keating will discuss his current work on the project Continuum and Urban Boundary Propositions, which he will discuss in detail in this upcoming lecture. Ash Keating has exhibited extensively in galleries and created numerous large-scale, site-responsive art projects in Australia and internationally since 2004. He recently undertook a major painting commission in collaboration with RMIT University and Peter Elliot Architects in Melbourne for RMIT’s A’Beckett Urban Square. Recent projects include North Wall Billboard on the NGV International for Melbourne Now (2013), Continuum for Palimpsest at the Mildura Biennale (2013), West Park Proposition for Artist’s proof #1, Monash University Museum of Art (2012); Gertrude Modern and Namsan Plus for City Within the City,…

Lecture | Nathaniel Mellors gives the MUMA Boiler Room Lecture

Image: Nathaniel Mellors, The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview 2013/2014, 23 min., 35mm film trans. to HD video (still). Image courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery, London; Monitor, Rome and Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam.

  MUMA, in association with Monash Art Design and Architecture [MADA], present a keynote lecture by LA-based, British artist Nathaniel Mellors.The lecture will be introduced by Associate Professor Kit Wise, Associate Dean (Education), MADA, Monash University and followed by a discussion with the artist convened by Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria.Nathaniel Mellors makes irreverent, humourous and absurd filmic works, sculptures, performances and critical writings that challenge our notions of taste, morality, and intelligence. His seminal series Ourhouse (2010- ongoing) is a six part film project (written and directed by Mellors) following the structure of a standard television drama and loosely based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema (1968). Ourhouse features a cast of misfit characters enacting the decline of an eccentric British family…

Lecture | A Thin Red Line: The Presence of Prehistoric Pictoriality | Whitney Davis

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The lecture addresses one of the most well-established and influential ideas about prehistoric (and specifically Paleolithic) pictorial representation, namely, the idea that their original makers and beholders did not take them and use them as pictures ‘in our sense’ but instead considered them to be the ‘things themselves’, that is, the objects depicted, such as bison and other animals. But how do we reconcile this idea, which has some anthropological justification, with the visible activity of mark-making and of ‘painterliness’–of making visible the process of making the picture? What is the nature of this pictorial ‘illusion’? The lecture evaluates past and recent discussions of this matter using the example of the earliest widely accepted examples of prehistoric depiction, drawn from…

Lecture | Australian Art and Artists in Post-War London | Simon Pierse

Australian artists' exhibition poster by Klaus Friedeberger

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth University and visiting fellow at the Australian Institute of Art History. His research focuses on British perceptions of Australian art, landscape and identity. His award winning book Australian Art and…

Reminder | Angus Trumble to give the 2014 Joseph Burke Lecture this Thursday 25th September

Woolner, Thomas, 
Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

This year’s Joseph Burke lecture in art history will be given by Angus Trumble, the director of the National portrait Gallery in Canberra. He will speak on the topic of ‘Thomas Woolnmer in Australia’. For full details click here. You can now book for the lecture via the University of Melbourne events page (the lecture is free and open to all but registration is recommended as seats may be limited). Date: 5:15-6:30pm, Thursday 25th September 2014 Venue: Wright Lecture Theatre in the Medical Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Free Public Lecture. All Welcome.