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2014 Joseph Burke Lecture | Thomas Woolner in Australia -Angus Trumble

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

Thomas Woolner (1825-1892), sculptor and poet, born 17 December 1825 at Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. In 1842 he gained admission as a student at the Royal Academy. In 1847 Woolner met D. G. Rossetti and became an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Woolner arrived Melbourne 23 October 1852. He was at the diggings in the Ovens Valley and in the Fryer’s Creek, Castlemaine and Sandhurst areas. Woolner found some gold but after six months sold his tools and returned to Melbourne. He began to model medallions but had to dig…

Lecture | Kenneth Clark and Australian Art – Simon Pierse

Sir Kenneth Clark and Sir Colin Anderson at the opening of 'Recent Australian Painting' at Whitechapel Gallery, June 1961.

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…

Lecture | Vic McEwan – Contemporary Creative Arts at Work in the Community

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Vic McEwan, artistic director of the artist led organisation Cad Factory, will present examples of a new mode for art making which partners deeply with business, health and communities. Dispelling myths that engaging with communities dilutes the artistic output, he will highlight the opportunities that exist to engage high level, experimental, contemporary art making while enaging directly with the practical world. McEwan will share examples from previous partnerships with organisations such as SunRice and exploration of things as complex as The Murray Darling Basin Plan, as well as talking about…

Update Lecture Booked Out | World Art Now, The Provincialism Problem Then: 40 years of contemporary art | Terry Smith

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Update: Please note this talk is booked out. In September 1974, the New York magazine Artforum published Terry Smith’s article The Provincialism Problem. Among the first to question the concentration of modernist values in artworlds in cities such as New York, Paris, and London. The essay was immediately pirated in Brazil and South Africa, has been constantly reprinted, and continues to be frequently referred to by artists, critics, theorists and historians around the world, making it one of the most cited texts by an Australian writer on art. In this lecture,…

Lecture | Concealments: Textile Conservation as Material Culture | University of Melbourne

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Concealments: Textile Conservation as Material Culture  | Dr Dinah Eastop, Textile Conservator Conservation responds to environmental, material and social change, including the emotive responses of people. Dr. Eastop’s paper looks at the response to garments concealed within the structure of buildings many years before recent discovery. She will draw on her work for the Deliberately Concealed Garments Project. She initiated this research project in 1998 to help preserve garments (and other artifacts) found hidden within the structure of buildings. How such finds are treated post- discovery varies greatly, depending of…

Lecture | Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev | Boiler Room Lecture at Monash

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Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA], in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a special lecture by Italian-American curator, author and researcher Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of the 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015 and Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. Christov-Bakargiev was named 2012’s most powerful person in the art world by Art Review’s Power 100 listings. She was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), which took place in Kassel, Germany, and extended to workshops, seminars and exhibitions in Alexandria, Egypt; Kabul, Afghanistan;…

Lecture | Dr Peter Donaldson Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker

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Dr Peter Donaldson | Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker Dr Peter Donaldson, an illustrated talk on the “Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker” This talk will be an expansion on last year’s talk on the travels of Joseph Hooker. In particular it will follow Peter’s recent travels in the USA retracing the 1877 journey of Hooker and the great American botanist Asa Gray to the Rocky Mountains and West Coast. It includes the hunt for missing correspondence between the two where Hooker proposed a similarity between the plants of…

Lecture | For Auld Lang Syne – The exhibition: A curator’s perspective

Keeley Halswelle The Heart of the Coolins 1886 oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria

“For Auld Lang Syne”: A curator’s perspective Associate Professor Alison Inglis, The University of Melbourne Associate Professor Alison Inglis, co-curator of the exhibition, For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation will talk about the development of this ground-breaking presentation of Scottish visual culture in colonial Australia.  The exhibition brings together over 300 objects from public and private collections across Australia and from England, and is currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (until 27 July 2014). The lecture will discuss the themes…

Lecture | Branden W. Joseph – Art and Dirt: Kim Gordon’s Aesthetics of Impurity

Art and Dirt: Kim Gordon’s Aesthetics of Impurity Branden W. Joseph Before embarking on her path-breaking career as singer and bassist in the band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon was a key artistic and critical voice in the New York art scene, close to such celebrated figures as Mike Kelley, Dan Graham, John Knight, Robert Longo and Laurie Anderson. Throughout the early 1980s in artist-run publications such as Real Life, ZG, Journal, and FILE, Gordon contributed a series of astute analyses of the artistic practices of these and other figures, as well as of the crossovers between art…

Lecture | Fame and Beauty in Victorian Society: Portraits by George Frederic Watts | Barbara Bryant

G. F. Watts, Alfred Tennyson, 1858, NGV

Fame and Beauty in Victorian Society: Portraits by George Frederic Watts Dr Barbara Bryant 2014 Ursula Hoff Lecture in partnership with the Ursula Hoff Institute In his own lifetime the reputation of English painter G.F. Watts (1817-1904) was international in its reach, thanks to exhibitions around the world from Europe to America. From 1879 onward Watts’s work was regularly seen in Australia, prompting major acquisitions for growing museum collections, with the earliest occurring in 1888 here in Melbourne with a portrait of the British Poet Laureate, Alfred Tennyson, and a…

Lecture | Delffse Porceleyne: Dutch Delftware of the 17th Century – Robert Aronson | NGV International

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The Robert Wilson Annual Decorative Arts Lecture Delffse Porceleyne: Dutch Delftware of the 17th Century – Robert Aronson  The lecture will provide an overview of 250 years (1600-1850) history of ceramic production in the town of Delft and a focus on the second half of the seventeenth century when the small town of Delft became the centre of ceramic production in Europe, with production influenced by events from Europe to China. During this time potteries began selling to the nobility and royal courts all over Europe and their products in…

Public Lecture | Challenging time: Melbourne’s contribution to the conservation of visual culture at home and beyond | Newman College

The Bushrangers, William Strutt 1852, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

Challenging time: Melbourne’s contribution to the conservation of visual culture at home and beyond Robyn Sloggett, Nicole Tse and Susanna Collis Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett has been at the heart of the developments of teaching, research and conservation practice at the University of Melbourne for more than two decades. She presents here, together with specialist colleagues Dr Nicole Tse and Susanna Collis, some of the achievements, challenges and future directions offered by this exacting and exciting discipline. Date: Tuesday 3 June 2014, 5–6pm Venue: The Oratory, Newman College, University of Melbourne…

Public Lecture | Wreckage and Reclamation: Politics and Art in Brisbane 1987-1997 | Doug Hall

TYNDALL, Peter, Australia b.1951, detail A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something... QLD: 1979 (PUPPET CULTURE FRAMING SYSTEM), 1979 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something... CULTURAL CONSUMPTION PRODUCTION Oil on canvas and enamel on wood with braided nylon cord 177 x 56.6cm, Acc. 2002.115 Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2002. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program Collection: Queensland Art Gallery, © The artist

“The greatest thing that could happen to this State – and the Nation – is when we can get rid of the media. Then we could live in peace and tranquility, and no one would know anything.”  Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, former Queensland Premier, the Spectator, London, 12 December 1987. “This, December 2, 1989, is the end of the Bjelke-Petersen era.” Wayne Goss, election victory speech, 2 December, 1989. The one-liner, ‘it could only happen in Queensland’, is now but a well-worn and a meaningless cliché. The conduct that it supposedly…

Lecture | Infinite social landscape: Chinese contemporary art on the global stage – Professor Yiyang Shao

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Infinite social landscape: Chinese contemporary art on the global stage Professor Yiyang Shao China has been a land of radical changes in the past 30 years, from its economy to society, from its culture to individual life. Chinese contemporary art has become one of the most intensive and challenging parts of such a great change. Professor Yiyang Shao’s research aims to examine Chinese contemporary art in the past few decades, to explore the relationship between the work and its socio-political environment, and analyse how Chinese contemporary art engaged with its…

Lecture | Tinka Pittoors ‘The Dysideological Principle’ RMIT Design Hub

Tinka Pittoors in situ installation - Fort Art - 3D-Drawing, 2012. Wood, plastic, paint, lights dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Triangle Bleu, Stavelot. Photograph: Tinka Pittoors

The Dysideological Principle Tinka Pittoors About Tinka Pittoors Born 1977 in Brasschaat, Belgium Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium Tinka Pittoors originally studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent, before expanding her practice to explore the possibilities of sculpture integrated with drawing, photography, video and installation. Combining a multitude of materials and found objects, Pittoors is known for creating fantastical landscapes and surrealistic miniature worlds that examine ideas of power and utopia. Pittoors finds inspiration in words and is interested in the principle of neologism, where a…