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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…

MUMA Boiler Room Lecture | The Artist as Quarry, Tirdad Zolghadr | MPavilion

MUMA is pleased to host the special lecture, Artist as Quarry, by visiting international curator and writer, Tirdad Zolghadr. Artists are always falling prey to something or other. Censorship, curators, bad lighting, jet lag, bigotry, cultural prejudice, institutions in particular and The Institution At Large. Never are they complicit in any of these things. The goal of this lecture is not to trace examples of when victimization is real or imagined but to map the role and political rationale of self-marginalization within the moral economy of contemporary art. The goal of this exercise, in turn, is to speculate as to how this rationale might be translated into a more meaningful professional identity, with more tangible political traction, over time. Date: Thursday 3 November 2016, 6.00 – 7.30pm Venue: MPavilion Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne FREE /// no bookings required – website…

Lecture | Dr Chris McAuliffe Blind Replicators and Conscious Foresight: Surviving Circulation | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Dr Chris McAuliffe | Blind Replicators and Conscious Foresight: Surviving Circulation Date: Sunday, 23rd October 2016, 2:00pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art Free to attend The 2016 TarraWarra Biennial addresses the ideas of circulation and continuity emerging in art’s passage through institutional and industry channels such as exhibitions, magazines, galleries and museums. The sense of opportunity and crisis associated with these ideas might be traced back to 1976, when two challenging proposals relating to circulation and continuity were made. Writing in the first issue of the journal October, critic Rosalind Krauss reflected on artists’ extensive engagement with circulatory media, such as magazines, photographs and video. As artists more self-consciously occupied circulatory systems, Krauss saw a radical change to art’s presence looming; ‘That an artist’s work be published, reproduced or disseminated through the media has become … virtually the only mean…

Three lectures at the Power Institute | Frédéric Ogée, Tamar Garb and Sheridan Palmer

Three lectures at the Power Institute in Sydney over the next three weeks by interstate and international guest speakers.  Frédéric Ogée Hogarth’s Bodies Thursday 20 October, 6.00pm In his choice of subjects and in his painting technique, William Hogarth’s rendering of ‘life’ is remarkable for its tangible physicality. In this lecture, Professor Ogée argues that Hogarthian beauty and grace, far from being abstract concepts or resulting from the formal application of a set of rules, emerge as transient, ‘living’, physical phenomena, apprehended by the beholder through visual representations of the bodies’ natural and ‘peculiar’ movements. Frédéric Ogée is Professor of British Literature and Art History at Université Paris Diderot. Philosophy Room S249 The Quadrangle The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus REGISTER Tamar Garb Painting/Photography/Politics: Marlene Dumas and the Figuration of Difference Wednesday 26 October, 6.00pm Professor Garb’s lecture focuses on Dutch/South African Marlene Dumas’ reworking of…

Lecture | Shoreline Landscapes and the Edges of Empire – Rachel DeLue | Power Institute Sydney

The Power Institute with Sydney Ideas is pleased to present a lecture by American art specialist Rachael DeLue, that considers the significance of the shoreline in the work of prominent nineteenth century Australian and American artists.  Defined as the line where a body of water meets the land, a shoreline is a space of contact, marking the point of convergence between different terrains, peoples, and ecosystems.  Shorelines also engender diverse forms of knowledge, including the outer limits of nation states, the geologic history of the earth, or the effect of climate change on global sea levels.  Depending on one’s point of view, a shoreline can be a beginning or an end, a view in or a view out, a frontier or a familiar place.  In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, landscape artists in Australia and the United States regularly depicted…

Writing and Concepts # 21 | Nikos Papastergiadis | RMIT Design Hub

Nikos Papastergiadis …speculates on the role that writing plays in the development of the concepts in his work. RMIT Design Hub, L3 Lecture Theatre 5:00pm Thursday 6 October Link to Facebook event NIKOS PAPASTERGIADIS is Professor at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He studied at the University of Melbourne and University of Cambridge. Prior to returning to the University of Melbourne he was a lecturer at the University of Manchester. Throughout his career, Nikos has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity and worked on collaborative projects with artists and theorists of international repute, such as John Berger, Jimmie Durham and Sonya Boyce. His current research focuses on the investigation of the historical transformation of contemporary art and cultural institutions by digital technology. His sole authored publications include Modernity…

Lecture | Unbeautiful Bodies in Ancient South Italy’ Ted Robinson | NGV International

In the art of the Greek cities of South Italy, beautiful bodies are everywhere. The norms were subverted, though, when it came to representing the comic theatre, where the players are all shown as physically grotesque. There were many more vase-paintings which depicted comedy made in South Italy than in any other part of the Greek world, and several outstanding examples are in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria. This lecture will seek to explain their conventions, and understand why depictions of unbeautiful bodies were so common in South Italy, even on vases that were used as grave-offerings. Dr Robinson will also launch the first Trendall Centre publication, Myth, Drama and Style in South Italian Vase Painting (ed. Ian McPhee). Dr Ted Robinson is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Sydney and was previously Assistant Curator…