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Keir Lectures on Art | The Limits of Globalisation in Art History – James Elkins | Sydney

The Power Institute with Sydney Ideas is pleased to present a lecture by James Elkins, Professor Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Elkins is the third speaker in our Keir Lectures on Art series. ABSTRACT | This lecture is not concerned with global art per se, but with the global writing of art history. Current initiatives supporting the international practice of art history, such as the Clark Art Institute’s Mellon Foundation-funded projects, are aimed at the exchange of information and the facilitation of travel and study. Such programs, Elkins argues, can promote a homogenised approach. In this lecture, Elkins challenges the assumption that there are traditions of art-historical scholarship different from those that are widely acknowledged, suggesting instead that scholarly practices exist, but not as art history…

Free Public Lecture | Design Sensibility: Viennese émigrés in Australia | Harriet Edquist

 Annual Duldig Lecture for 2017 | Wednesday 18th October 2017 Design Sensibility: Viennese émigrés in Australia Professor Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History, RMIT University   Situated between international modernism on the one hand and local debates about “Australian” architecture and design propounded by Robin Boyd and others on the other, Viennese designers negotiated the values of domestic design they had absorbed in the cities of Europe within a fast-changing postwar Australian environment. In this lecture Harriet Edquist will show how personal histories of émigré and refugee Viennese designers throw into question Australian design history’s often limited definition of design as a purely modernist professional practice beholden to a national agenda. It will argue that on the contrary, geographical and cultural boundaries are fluid, that learning never stops, that memory was often central to the émigré expression of “home” and…

Rae Alexander Lecture 2017 | Dr Richard Haese on the landmark exhibition The Field at the National Gallery of Victoria

James Doolin, United States 1932–2002, lived in Australia 1965–67, Artificial landscape 67/5, 1967, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with funds provided by the National Gallery Society of Victoria, Governor, 1985 (AC11-1985)

This year’s 20th annual La Trobe University Art History Alumni Rae Alexander Lecture will be presented by leading art historian Dr Richard Haese. He will explore the landmark exhibition, The Field on the 50th anniversary of this remarkable showcase. The Field is regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge paintings and sculptures. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks. The Field Revisited will be on exhibition at the NGV in May 2018. Dr RICHARD HAESE is an art historian and is currently…

Beyond Disegno: Professional Identity and Material Experimentation in mid 16th-century Italian Portraiture – Dr. Elena Calvillo

Beyond Disegno: Professional Identity and Material Experimentation in mid 16th-century Italian Portraiture Dr. Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Richmond Date: 5:30-7pm, 17th August 2017 Venue: Lecture Theatre C (Room 124), Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, 3010 More info here: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/9214-beyond-disegno-professional-identity-and-material-experimentation-in-mid-16th-century By 1531, the Venetian artist Sebastiano del Piombo had resettled in Rome after the Sack, received a lucrative sinecure as the keeper of the papal seals and won acclaim for his method of painting in oils on stone supports. Two decades later, Agnolo Bronzino produced a series of portraits on tin supports while working for Cosimo I de’ Medici. This lecture examines the ways in which their innovative use of materials in portraiture contributed to both the painters’ and patrons’ identities, and how it made claims of originality and invention that might otherwise…

Lecture | Dr Christopher Heathcote – Discovering Dobell | TarraWarra Museum of Art

William Dobell Gentleman conversing with a prawn 1970 oil on panel 27.8 x 25.4 cm Private collection © Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

2pm, Saturday 22 July Dr. Christopher Heathcote, curator of Discovering Dobell, as he shares his fresh insights into the work of William Dobell. Exploring in detail Dobell’s London years, his portraits of Sydneysiders, and the more experimental New Guinea paintings, Heathcote’s lecture will present a close examination of the artist’s practice, shedding new light on the processes and methods by which the artist developed ideas from sketches to paintings. Exploring in detail Dobell’s London years, his portraits of Sydneysiders, and the more experimental New Guinea paintings, Heathcote’s lecture will present a close examination of the artist’s practice, shedding new light on the processes and methods by which the artist developed his ideas through several drawings and studies to reach one or more paintings. Dr. Christopher Heathcote is one of Australia’s foremost art critics and has written on a broad range of topics…

Lecture | ‘Re-visiting Peter Lely’: a Dutch painter in seventeenth-century London – Diana Dethloff | University of Melbourne

Peter Lely's Portrait of Sir John Rous

The Dutch-born artist Peter Lely was an important figure in seventeenth-century British portrait painting. His position as Principal Painter at the court of Charles II, and his portraits of royal mistresses and privileged courtiers have, for many, come to define the Restoration period, as well as earning Lely the reputation of being nothing more than a fashionable face painter. This lecture aims to present a more balanced assessment of an artist who enjoyed a working life of almost forty years, only half of which were as royal painter, and examines Lely’s work during the earlier periods of English civil war and Commonwealth government, in addition to that for the Restoration Court. As well as arguing for a more balanced view of this interesting and prolific artist, this discussion will provide a useful context for the National Gallery of Victoria’s own Lely portrait…

Lecture | Cecilia Vicuña, About to Happen – Julia Bryan-Wilson | University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson will give a lecture on Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña. Her lecture will discuss Vicuña’s sculptural work looking closely at her textile-based work from the 1970s to think through issues of production and materiality. Drawing on her forthcoming book, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson investigates how Vicuña’s use of knotted threads and strings signified politically during the Pinochet dictatorship and in relation to Andean systems of knowledge production. She explores a range of art and performance from several decades of Vicuña’s practice to illuminate how textiles unravel preconceived ideas about handicraft, industry, and memory. Julia Bryan-Wilson’s writing has appeared in Afterall, Aperture, Artforum, Art Journal, Bookforum, October, Oxford Art Journal, and Parkett. Her work centres on feminist and queer theory, artistic labour, performance, and craft histories. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War…

Lecture | Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons – Sjraar van Heugten | NGV International

Vincent van Gogh A wheatfield, with cypresses early September 1889 Saint-Rémy oil on canvas 72.1 x 90.9 cm F 615, JH 1755 National Gallery, London Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London Photo: The National Gallery, London

Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons Sjraar van Heugten Date: Saturday 29th April 2017, 2pm  Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV International Tickets $16 M / $20 A / $18 C (Book here http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/something-on-high/) The seasons had profound meaning for Vincent van Gogh: they represented the circle of life within nature – birth, bloom, maturity and death. For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force. Celebrate the opening weekend of Van Gogh and the Seasons as exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten explores Van Gogh’s love of nature in both his life and work and the role of the seasons in his oeuvre. Sjraar van Heugten is an independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Sjraar joined the Van Gogh Museum in…

Lecture | “Post Platonism: Rethinking the Relations of Art, Love and Desire – Professor James Grantham Turner | University of Melbourne

This lecture explores the “erotic revolution” that swept through aesthetic theory and artistic practice in the sixteenth century. Early modern “sex-positive” polemic denounced the false shame that devalues physical, sexual love, and targeted neo-Platonism, with its fierce rejection of corporeal sexuality and bodily sensation. The lecture traces the evolution of interpretations of Platonic Eros, expressed through important semantic changes in words like “lascivious” and “libido”, suddenly used in a positive sense during this period. Platonic anti-corporeality was absolutely rejected; but elements of the Platonic image of a graduated ascent, rising up on a ladder by a series of “steps” to attain the highest form of Love, were retained, and even amplified. Professor James Grantham Turner holds the James D. Hart Chair in English at the University of California, Berkeley.  His books include The Politics of Landscape: Rural Scenery and Society in…

Robert Wilson Decorative Arts Lecture | The Throne Chair – Wolf Burchard | NGV International

The Throne Chair - A Symbol of Status from Antiquity to the Present Day for the Robert Wilson Annual Decorate Arts Lecture 2017. Queen Victoria’s Ivory Throne, India 1840-50, The Royal Collection © Her Majesty The Queen (RCIN 1561) © Her Majesty The Queen

Almost every human culture has created furniture or established seating arrangements that reflect hierarchical distinctions within their society. Wolf Burchard revisits the history of the throne chair from antiquity to the present day, and explores its function and design based on the most intriguing examples known to survive. Speaker Wolf Burchard, Furniture Research Curator, National Trust, London Date: Monday 20th March, 6.30PM Venue: NGV International, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter north entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt) Free but bookings required at: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/the-throne-chair-a-symbol-of-status-from-antiquity-to-the-present-day/

Lecture | Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict – Andrew Jamieson | Melbourne Museum

In this lecture Andrew Jamieson will discuss the forthcoming exhibition Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict in the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s Classics and Archaeology Gallery at the University of Melbourne. He explores three decades of fieldwork conducted in the middle and upper Euphrates River valley, which ceased in the region in 2010 as a result of the conflict in Syria. In some cases, artefacts uncovered by the researchers stored on site have been lost or destroyed. The whereabouts of other objects transferred to the Aleppo museum before the war remains unknown. Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict seeks to illustrate the key archaeological findings of the Australian research projects in Syria. The exhibition will also draw attention to the current Syrian conflict and the destruction of cultural heritage, most notably at Palmyra. Andrew will also discuss his involvement…

Lecture | Lady and the Unicorn – Dr Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye | Australian Tapestry Workshop

As part of the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s fortieth anniversary celebrations, the world-renowned art historian and director of the National Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris (Musée national du Moyen Âge, formerly Musée de Cluny), Dr Élisabeth Taburet-Delahaye will present a public lecture in November about the recent restoration of the magnificent The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries are a series of six wool and silk tapestries created in the 16th century and are considered to be the most important tapestry series woven in Middle Ages Europe. Featured as part of the National Museum of the Middle Ages collection since 1882, The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries recently underwent an important major restoration and conservation program in 2012 and were installed in a custom designed space opened in the museum in December 2013. In…

Lecture | Artist, Actress, Lover Johan Zoffany’s Portrait of Elizabeth Farren as Hermione in Shakespeare’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ (c.1780) – Vivien Gaston

Zoffany's portrait of Elizabeth Farren

Rae Alexander Lecture 2016 Zoffany’s Portrait of Elizabeth Farren as Hermione in Shakespeare’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ in the NGV depicts one of the most striking scenes in all of Shakespeare’s plays, the moment when Hermione is returned to life. Vivien Gaston’s lecture will probe the work’s context in the life of the artist, the sitter and its owner and reveal the way a portrait can shape and direct the aspirations of all three. Celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, the lecture will also show the continued impact of his plays and the nature of portraits as role-playing and performance. The Rae Alexander Lecture is named in honour of the first president of the La Trobe Art History Chapter. Proceeds from ticket sales help support scholarships and prizes awarded by the chapter to La Trobe students.   Dr Vivien Gaston is an Australia…

Lecture | Professor Dr. Apinan Poshyananda – Thai-Tanic-Three: Contemporary Thai Art in the Age of Constraints.

Photo of Professor Apinan Poshyananda

Professor Apinan Poshyananda will deliver the Keir Foundation Lecture on the emergence of Thai contemporary art. This lecture will close the three-day Symposium Regions of the Contemporary: Transnational Art Festivals and Exhibitions in 1990s Southeast Asia, Saturday 5–Monday 7 November 2016, at the University of Melbourne. Free Public Lecture – All Welcome – Registration required as seating is limited. To register visit: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/keirfoundation Date: Monday, 7 November 2016, 3-4pm Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street, University of Melbourne Professor Dr. Apinan Poshyananda is former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Thailand. He is art historian, critic, artist and curator who has been involved in Venice Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, and Asia-Pacific Triennial. He was guest curator of Contemporary Art from Asia: Traditions/Tensions (New York, Vancouver, Perth, Taipei), Temple of the Mind…

Lecture | Léuli Eshraghi – Curating Under Pressure in Settler Colonies | Black Dot Gallery

NB Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tina Baum’s lecture, ‘To Tri or Not: The Indigenous presence in “iennials,”’ has been cancelled. Léuli Eshraghi’s lecture, ‘Curating Under Pressure in Settler Colonies,’ will take place at 2:30pm at Blak Dot Gallery, Brunswick. Saturday, 29th October 2016, 2:30pmBlak Dot Gallery, Brunswick Free to attend This lecture explores the pressures and tensions for First Nations curators, artists and thinkers when presenting ceremonial-political practices in culturally unsafe, Eurocentric art museums. How do major presenting, learning and teaching programs in settler colonies address civilisational gaps in knowledges and presences of and determined by First Nations? Léuli Eshraghi is a Sāmoan and Persian artist, curator and PhD candidate at MADA – Monash Art Design & Architecture. His practice is centred on indigeneity, language, body sovereignty, and queer possibility. He has exhibited in the Moananui a Kiwa and Turtle…