Tag Archive for The University of Melbourne

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…

Symposium on art and creativity in Aboriginal communities to promote Healing Ways

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The healing power of art made by Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples is the subject of a Symposium at The Dax Centre on 19 and 20 September. This is a new exploration of the significance of Aboriginal art. The symposium will address a range of urgent and relevant topics on Indigenous art including art as therapy, community art projects, the role of arts centres in healing and Australian Indigenous contemporary art practices. The inspiring two-day symposium titled Healing Ways: Art with Intent will be opened by Professor Ian Anderson,…

Symposium | Feeling Exclusion: Emotional Strategies and Burdens of Religious Discrimination and Displacement in Early Modern Europe

Image Credit: Hans Holbein, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, woodcut, in Les  Simulachres et Historiées Faces de la Mort, Lyon: Melchior and Caspar Trechsel, 1538.

Feeling Exclusion: Emotional Strategies and Burdens of Religious Discrimination and Displacement in Early Modern Europe 29-31 May 2014, University of Melbourne Discrimination and exclusion have long been strategies used by authorities to maintain authority and control. Fundamental to the success of such strategies, and ultimately also to their removal, is the role of emotion. The aim of this symposium is to explore an important stage in the European history of exclusion between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, a time when political and religious upheaval forced an unprecedented number of people to…

Conversation | Istanbul Biennale curator Fulya Erdemci, Dr Charles Green and Dr Rebecca Coates

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In conversation with 2013 Istanbul Biennale curator Fulya Erdemci, Dr Charles Green & Dr Rebecca Coates Asialink Arts invites you to a conversation between 2013 Istanbul Biennale curator Fulya Erdemci, Dr Charles Green & Dr Rebecca Coates. 2015 has been designated a special year for cultural exchange between Australia and Turkey. Asialink Arts is pleased to invite you to a special event featuring Istanbul/Amsterdam based curator and writer Fulya Erdemci. Having recently curated the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Fulya will be sharing her extensive knowledge of the contemporary art scene and…

EVCS | Felicity Harley-McGowan ‘Being Blunt: The art history ‘revolution’ in 1940s London′

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  Felicity Harley-McGowan ‘Being Blunt’: The art history ‘revolution’ in 1940s London In 1940, London was home to a thriving network of scholarly activity in the discipline of art history. Three books published in that year have been seen within their own fields of research to epitomise the radical transformation of the discipline in the English-speaking world across the 1930s and 1940s. Concerning aspects of classical, medieval and Renaissance art and intellectual culture, each was published by a leading institution (The Courtauld Institute, British Museum, and The Warburg Institute), and…

Lecture | An Intriguing Gregorian Manuscript – John Martyn

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2013 Margaret Manion Lecture by Associate Professor John Martyn This free public lecture will focus on an extraordinary illuminated manuscript – made up of forty one letters by Pope Gregory the Great – which is one of a significant group of Latin manuscripts held in the collection of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne. Associate Professor John Martyn has recently published a book on this exciting find. In this lecture, he will analyse this Gregorian manuscript in some detail – including his suggestions as to its…

Lecture | Sugar to Porcelain: The story of the famous Meissen Monkey Band by Patricia Begg

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Sugar to Porcelain | The story of the famous Meissen Monkey Band (Die Affenkapelle) An illustrated lecture by Patricia Begg OAM Patricia Begg is an internationally renowned scholar and collector of porcelain and glass who has studied many of the large collections in England, Europe and North America first hand. She has curated a number of acclaimed exhibitions for major galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria, and is a regular presenter of lectures in ceramics, glass, and social history. Date: Tuesday 1 October, 11.00am Venue:  Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne, Parkville,…

EVCS | Anne McComish ‘Myths and Reality: Mosaics from the Vatican Studio, 1900-32′

Anne McComish Myths and Reality: Mosaics from the Vatican Studio, 1900-32 The Vatican Mosaic Studio has been producing mosaic artworks of the highest quality since 1727. Some of its finest works take pride of place in the decorative-arts collections of the world’s major galleries, while others are regularly offered for sale by the world’s leading auction houses. Naturally, the finest works are the most valuable, and it is frequently also assumed that the finest works are necessarily the oldest. However, are all of the works on display or offered for…

Lecture | C. W. Marshal – Books, Dreams and Stories: How Sandman Comics Help Us Understand Ovid

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Books, Dreams and Stories: How Sandman Comics Help Us Understand Ovid C. W. Marshal, Professor of Greek, University of British Columbia This illustrated talk examines the structure of Ovid’s epic poem Metamorphoses (c. 8 CE) and Neil Gaiman’s comic series The Sandman (1989-96 CE). The comparison illuminates both works and demonstrates the reading strategies used by classicists and comics fans when approaching a complex, wide-ranging, allusive masterpiece. It will also consider how stories work, the place of comics in classical reception studies, and the true nature of ravens. C. W. Marshall is Professor of Greek in…

Symposium | Iconoclasm | University of Melbourne, September 6th

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ICONOCLASM – A Symposium Symposium to be chaired by Dr Gerard Vaughan, Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellow Conveners: Dr F Harley-McGowan, Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Medieval Art History  Dr Justin Clemens, Senior Lecturer, English School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne The history of images is inseparable from the history of the hostility towards images. In its most extreme expressions, this hostility can become an injunction to the breaking of all images: iconoclasm. Sometimes certain images or kinds of image have been banned from being made, circulated, or exhibited; sometimes…

Art History Seminars at Melbourne University | Semester 2

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The program for art history seminars at the University of Melbourne for semester 2  is below. All seminars are held in The Linkway, John Medley Building, 4th floor (running between the East and West Towers), between 1-2 pm. All welcome. August 7              Anthony White | University of Melbourne Folk Machine: Fortunato Depero’s Cloth Pictures 1920-1925   August 21            Susanne Meurer | University of Western Australia Johann Neudörffer’s “Nachrichten” (1547): calligraphy and historiography in early modern Nuremberg   September 11   Gerard Vaughan | Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne Museum…

Melbourne Winter Masterclasses by Melbourne Uni and NGV | Making Sense of Monet

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Making Sense of Monet The University of Melbourne in partnership with the NGV International The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne is delighted to present masterclasses in Art History, Philosophy, Classics, Screen Studies, Creative Writing, History and Archaeology, with some our most celebrated teachers and public intellectuals. Making Sense of Monet (July 13 – 14, 2013) The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria is delighted to present Making Sense of Monet, a weekend of masterclass exploring Monet and…

Lecture | Art and Intimacy in 15th Century Italy, Professor Adrian Randolph

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Art and Intimacy in 15th Century Italy Professor Adrian Randolph, Leon E. Williams Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College The word ‘intimacy’ is attractive partly because it summons up a set of interrelated and evocative meanings that speak directly to certain types of objects we tend to call art. Intimacy suggests proximity and closeness, and is tinged with sensual and perhaps sexual possibility, and, when applied to apparel, getting right next to the skin. This epidermal intimacy is matched by a form of interiority lodged etymologically in the word…

Lecture | Michael Fried on Thomas Demand’s ‘Pacific Sun’

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Dean’s Lecture | Thomas Demand’s Pacific Sun Professor Michael Fried, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore In 2011 the German artist Thomas Demand made a two-minute stop-motion film called “Pacific Sun.” Michael Fried will show this film and analyse it in detail, with a view to explaining what he regards as its particular significance in and for the present situation in the visual arts. Michael Fried is a poet, art historian, art critic and literary critic. He is Professor, J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities (secondary appointment: Department of the…

Symposium | Colonial Art Exhibitions: Past, Present Future

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Colonial Art Exhibitions: Past, Present Future The last decade has witnessed a resurgence of interest in Australian colonial art, with an unprecedented number of important exhibitions being held in our major art galleries (national, state and regional) and libraries. This symposium brings together many of Australia’s leading directors, senior librarians, curators, conservators and academics to discuss the past, present and future interpretation of colonial art in this country. Speakers include John McPhee, Julie Gough, Gordon Morrison, Jane Hylton, David Hansen, Ruth Pullin, Richard Neville, John Jones, Lisa Slade, Simon Gregg,…