Tag Archive for State Library Victoria

Review | Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond. Reviewed by Adam Bushby

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Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond Reviewed by Adam Bushby Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond, State Library of Victoria, Keith Murdoch Gallery, until 1 July 2012. Illustrated manuscripts from Persia, Ottoman Turkey and Mughal India are rare treats in Melbourne. Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond presents a modest but varied collection of manuscripts drawn mostly from the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, covering the period between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries. The subject matter is both profane and sacred, familiar secular stories such as One Thousand and One Nights giving way to stories of love and illustrations of the natural world representing the divine. I suspect that most viewers, like me, approach these manuscripts tentatively,…

Public Talk | Beyond Love & Devotion: Exhibiting and Engaging with the Past

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Beyond Love & Devotion: Exhibiting & Engaging with the Past How effective are exhibitions in presenting the culturally unfamiliar? Shane Carmody, Director of Development at the State Library of Victoria will consider the Love & Devotion: From Persia & Beyond exhibition as it draws to a close highlighting how & why the Library created the exhibition and the associated public programs. Dr Kate Brittlebank (Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University) will reflect on the public and media responses to the exhibition and her own response to the value of such an exhibition, as a teacher of pre-modern Asian history and specialist in pre-modern Islamic South Asia. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Constant Mews, Director, Centre for Studies in…

Funding | Redmond Barry Fellowship, Melbourne

Redmond Barry Fellowship The Redmond Barry Fellowship for 2012 is now open for applications Applications close 27 April 2012. Redmond Barry Fellowship The Redmond Barry Fellowship is named in honour of Sir Redmond Barry (1813-1880), a founder of the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria. The first Fellowship was awarded in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his laying of the foundation stones for both institutions on 3 July 1854. The Fellowship shall be awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of works of literature that utilise the superb collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. Up to $20,000 shall be awarded to assist with travel, living…

Lecture | Ute Meta Bauer ‘(pro)Vokations’

Ute Meta Bauer (pro)Vokations Public Lecture presented by Monash University Museum of Art at the State Library of Victoria Discussing strategies of display and provocation in exhibitions by artists – from Dada to Russian Constructivism to the Independent Group – Bauer addresses aspects of exhibition history whereby artistic practice took an active voice in moments of social upheaval and political change. Ute Meta Bauer has been Associate Professor and Director of the Visual Arts Program at MIT since 2005. In September 2012 Ute Meta Bauer will assume the position of Dean of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London. For more than two decades, Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art,…

Exhibition | Opening Day for ‘Love and Devotion: from Persia and Beyond’

Conference of the birds (detail), from ʿAttar, Mantiq al-Tayr, 1493 Courtesy of Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Via the State Library of Victoria website.

Opening day celebration: Love and devotion Date: Friday 9 March 2012, 11:00am – 4:00pm Venue: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria via main entry, Swanston St Free and open to the public The State Library of Victoria is running a special day of activities to mark the opening of the exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond. The free exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond (9 March–1 July 2012) celebrates the beauty of Persian manuscripts and the stories of human and divine love told through their pages from the early 11th century on. Many of the manuscripts on show have been loaned from the world-renowned collection of the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford; other exhibits are rare works from…

Lecture | MUMA Boiler Room Lecture Series at SLV: Jan Verwoert

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MUMA Boiler Room Lecture Series at SLV Breaking the Chain: Thoughts on trauma and transference Jan Verwoert In his lecture Breaking the Chain: Thoughts on trauma and transference Jan Verwoert will discuss the dilemma of the modern artist and intellectual by asking the question: How can we be witnesses to society’s traumata without being the next victim in the chain of trauma transferred from one generation to the next? Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of Frieze magazine and his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. Verwoert is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous (2006) and the…

News | State Library of Victoria Launches Appeal to Purchase Persian Manuscripts

Layla and Majnun Faint on Meeting, from Nizami, Khamsa, 1509–10 State Library of Victoria, RARESF 091 N65K, fol. 170v  After being forbidden to marry his beloved Layla, Majnun retreats to the wilderness, where he has only wild animals for company. Attempts to arrange a rendezvous between the pair are generally unsuccessful because Majnun faints at the sight of Layla. In the episode shown here, both faint in each other’s presence.

State Library of Victoria Launches Appeal to Purchase Rare Persian Manuscripts A public appeal has been launched to raise $100,000 to purchase two Persian manuscripts for the Rare Book Collection at the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria Foundation has launched the appeal to help purchase two items: a 16th-century manuscript copy of the Khamsa or quintet of classic Persian stories written by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami of Ganja; and a 19th-century manuscript copy of the Tutinama or ‘Book of the parrot’. The Khamsa manuscript was made in Astarabad, known today as Gurgan, in north-east Persia in 1509–10 by the scribe al-Abd Ibrahim. It is decorated in the Shiraz style with 15 full-page hand-painted illustrations by…

Lecture: Sasha Grishin ‘Voices in artists’ books – the collaborative venture’

Wanderlust (detail), David Frazer & Martin Flanagan, Lexicon House, 2004. Image via State LIbrary Vic website http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/event/page-page-artists-books-viewing

Free Public Lecture at State Library of Victoria Voices in artists books – the collaborative venture  Sasha Grishin The artists book frequently brings together the creative endeavours of many individuals, who may include the artist, the poet, the letterpress artisan and the binder, amongst others.  Each of these ‘collaborators’ has a particular and distinctive ‘voice’.  In this lecture Professor Sasha Grishin explores some strategies involved in listening to voices in artists books. Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA is the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History at the Australian National University and works internationally as an art historian, critic and curator. He has published 18 books and over a thousand articles dealing with various aspects of art, especially printmaking and…

Rare Books Summer School at the State Library Victoria

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Rare Books Summer School State Library of Victoria Immerse yourself in the world of rare books during an intensive five-day course at the 7th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School. Four courses will be presented: ‘Artists’ books, zines and other collaborative ventures’ Professor Sasha Grishin (6–10 February) ‘Botanical riches: the art of the book’ Richard Aitken (13–17 February) ‘Ephemera: a collector’s key to the history of books’ Wallace Kirsop (13–17 February) ‘The poetics of printing on the iron hand-press’ Caren Florance (13–17 February, Monash University, Caulfield) Please note that places are strictly limited, and applications are due by 9 December 2011. View the detailed brochure and application form (pdf) http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/rare-books-summer-school-2012.pdf Dates:  Monday 6 February 2012 – Friday 10 February…

Funding: AGL Shaw Summer Research Fellowships at State Library, Victoria

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AGL Shaw Summer Research Fellowships State Library of Victoria Named for eminent historian AGL Shaw AO, these annual Summer Research Fellowships help honours or postgraduate university students pursue research projects. Recipients are given access to our collection to undertake in-depth research in their chosen field for four weeks during January or February. We also provide $1200 and space in a private study in the Library, which can be accessed out of hours. Three fellowships are awarded each year. Two fellows from Melbourne are chosen as well as one from regional Victoria. The fellow from outside of Melbourne is also awarded a living-away-from-home allowance. To be eligible you must: be enrolled at a Victorian university have satisfied the requirement for an…

Chris Kraus Keynote Lecture, Friday 14th October

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Chris Kraus Keynote Lecture MUMA is honoured to present a keynote lecture by filmmaker, writer and editor Chris Kraus as part of the Chris Kraus exhibition opening at MUMA on Thursday 13th October.. In 2011, the New York Times described Kraus as ‘one of our smartest and most original writers on contemporary art and culture’; and her novel I Love Dick was cited by Frieze magazine as one of the most important books of the past two decades. Following the recent publication of Where Art Belongs, Semiotext(e) 2011, Chris Kraus presents a new lecture of expanded art and cultural criticism. Chris Kraus Chris Kraus is the author of Video Green: Los Angeles Art and The Triumph of Nothingness and the…

Shane Carmody ‘To be a Pilgrim’ Margaret Manion Lecture 2011

Pilgrim meets  Ararita with grasping arms, Guillaume de Deguileville, The pilgrimage of the lyfe of the manhode and The pilgrimage of the sowle, England, Lincolnshire, c. 1430, State Libfrary of Victoria, RARES  folio 79r.

Margaret Manion Lecture 2011 To be a Pilgrim Shane Carmody In this lecture Shane Carmody will explore the provenance and relevance of a medieval manuscript held in the collection of the State Library of Victoria: The pilgrimage of the lyfe of the manhode and The pilgrimage of the sowle. This manuscript dates from 1430 and is an English prose translation of the famous work written by the French Cistercian Guillaume de Deguileville a century earlier. The translation had a major impact on the English imagination through the upheaval of the Reformation and later religious conflicts, and its metaphors still resonate today. This crudely made and graphically illustrated book was conserved and restored for the State Library of Victoria’s exhibition The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts…

New Exhibition: Fine impressions – printmaking and artists’ books in Melbourne 1999-2010

His Wayward Hand, Peter Lyssiotis and George Matoulas, Brunswick, Masterthief and Messofa Press, 2005.

Fine impressions: printmaking and artists’ books in Melbourne 1999-2010 This exhibition, which opens on Friday 26th August at the State LIbrary of Victoria, showcases beautiful limited-edition books by 20 Melbourne artists and printmakers. In the digital era the future of the printed book seems uncertain, yet the handmade artist’s book is a flourishing artform. Each of these works is unique in its use of design, typography, paper and binding, both drawing upon and extending the history and tradition of the book. The artists featured include Angela Cavalieri, Daniel Moynihan, Bruno Leti, Inge King, Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison.

Symposium: Places of memory in medieval and early modern Europe

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Symposium: Places of memory in medieval and early modern Europe Friday 30th – Saturday 1st October, 2011 The connection between memory and place is a significant theme in humanities research. This symposium seeks to explore how memory was embodied in places and how place was imagined in memory in medieval and early modern Europe. By focussing on the spatialised nature of premodern memory, this symposium will consider the locational dimensions of memory, and the ways in which specific places – material or imagined – reflected memorial, commemorative or mnemonic concerns. Our speakers will focus on a particular location, including Jerusalem, India, Paris, Egypt, Marseilles, Salem, Portadown, Westminster and Australia. Speakers will explore themes such as individual and collective memory of…

Lecture: The tale of the 1880 Atlas des Plans de Paris

Theatrum orbis terrarium, by Abraham Ortelius, published by Apud Ant Coppenium Diesth, Antwerp, 1574

The tale of the 1880 Atlas des Plans de Paris Michael Shirrefs Atlas des Plans de Paris is a remarkable book containing reproductions of ancient maps showing the development of Paris, from its beginnings in Roman times as a village in the middle of the Seine. Former Creative Fellow Michael Shirrefs will discuss his research into the book’s origins. This talk is part of the Collection Reflections series, in which State Library Creative Fellows and staff discuss the Library’s amazing collections and display fascinating collection items. It’s a free event, but bookings are required. Date: Tuesday 3 May 2011, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Cost: Free Bookings and Enquiries: Book online; Email bookings@slv.vic.gov.au; Tel 03 8664 7099. Venue: State Library of Victoria, Cowen Gallery, Level 2a (wheelchair accessible).