Interrogating Art Curatorship in Australia
Keynote Address: 12 March 2010
Dr Michael Brand, Director of the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2005-2010, and Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne, to be held at the Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre, the University of Melbourne, 12 March 2010, at 5.30pm: Curating for the Common Good.
Symposium: 13-14 March 2010
ELISABETH MURDOCH LECTURE THEATRE
Elisabeth Murdoch - Theatre A
Jointly convened by Associate Professor Alison Inglis and Rebecca Coates
A symposium is to be held about the practice of curatorship in Australia, in celebration of twenty years of teaching the MA in art curatorship at the University of Melbourne. Speakers will include some of the most distinguished curators in Australia and alumni of the Melbourne degree.
What are the defining characteristics of art curatorship in Australia? How does the experience of living in Australia shape professional practice in our art museums? This symposium will interrogate the central components of a curator's working life: the creation and development of collections, and the performative act of the exhibition and its interpretation.
The conference will consist of keynote addresses and sessions of three 30-minute papers to be followed by a convenor-led discussion with questions. Sessions include the following titles:
- Curators and Collections
- Alternative modes of Curatorship
- Curators and Spaces
- Biennales and beyond
- From Institutional to Independent
Student response to ‘Interrogating Art Curatorship in Australia’
The overflowing Elisabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre on the evening of Michael Brand’s keynote address Curating Art for the Common Good for the ‘Interrogating Art Curatorship in Australia’ Symposium was testament to the level of engagement the art community has with the imperative role of the curator; an exemplification of the importance of this long overdue forum for the discussion of the role and the future of the curator. The eclectic audience of students, professionals both young and well-established, and art lovers and supporters in general also reflected the wide-ranging interest in the actions and development of this vocation.
Enquiries:Associate Professor Alison Inglis
Phone: +61 3 8344 7448