Conference: Art History’s History in Australia and New Zealand

Saturday 28th August and Sunday 29th August

Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch lecture theatre, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville.
This is a free public event, and registration for attendance is not required.
Enquires: Professor Jaynie Anderson, t: (+61 3) 8344 5514 and Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

Program (download full program with abstracts as pdf – AHH_Program).

Day 1: Saturday 28 August

9:45 – 10:00 – Introduction and Welcome
SESSION ONE (10:00 am-12:30 pm)
Chaired by Professor Richard Woodfield
Dr Susan Lowish (University of Melbourne) – ‘Setting the scene: early writing on Australian Aboriginal art’
Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (Head of School, Elam School of Fine Arts) – ‘Art’s histories in Aotearoa New Zealand’
Tea Break: 11:00 – 11:30
Dr Ben Thomas (Dr Joseph Brown AO Fellow, State Library of Victoria) – ‘No mere collection of interesting curiosities: Lindsay and the appreciation of Australian Indigenous art’
Dr Donna Leslie (Artist, ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash University) – ‘Indigenous Voice in Australian Art History: Reflections of an Aboriginal Art Historian’

SESSION TWO (1:30 pm – 4.00 pm)
Chaired by Associate Professor Alison Inglis
1.30 – 2:15 Keynote address – Andrew Sayers AM (Director, National Museum of Australia) – ‘Curators and Australian art history’
2:15 – 2:30 Discussion

3:00 – 3:30
Professor Ian McLean (University of Western Australia) ‘Australian Art Historiography and Globalization’
Catherine De Lorenzo (UNSW Associate Professor), Joanna Mendelssohn (UNSW), & Associate Professor Catherine Speck (University of Adelaide) – ‘Exhibitions as Drivers for Australian Art History’

Day 2: Sunday 29 August

SESSION THREE (10:00 pm – 1.00 pm)
Chaired by Professor Jaynie Anderson
10.00 – 10.45 Keynote address – Professor Howard Morphy (Director, Research School of Humanities College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU) – ‘Moving the body into the art gallery — knowing about and appreciating aesthetically works of art’
10:45 – 11:00 Discussion

11:30 – 12:00
Helen Ennis (Associate Head, Undergraduate Associate Professor, Art Theory Workshop, ANU School of Art) –
‘Other histories: photography and Australia’
12:00 – 12:30
Dr Heather Barker and Associate Professor Charles Green (University of Melbourne) – ‘No Place like Home: Australian Art History and Contemporary Art, 1961-1981’
12.30 – 1.00
Associate Professor Rex Butler (University of Queensland) & Dr A.D.S. Donaldson (National Art School) – ‘Cities Within Cities: New Zealand Art History in Australia’

SESSION FOUR (2:00 pm – 5.00 pm)
Chaired by Dr Christopher Marshall
2:00 – 2:30
Professor Peter McNeil (University of Technology Sydney) – ‘What’s the Matter? The object in Australian visual histories’
2:30 – 3:00
Dr Juliette Peers (RMIT University) – ‘The Canon and its Discontents: Feminism as cross generational case study in the making and interpretation of Australian visual culture’
3:30 – 4:00
Associate Professor Jennifer Milam (University of Sydney) – ‘Art History and the Rococo Perspectives from Australia’

4:00 – 4:45 Keynote address – Professor Terry Smith (University of Pittsburgh) ‘Objects, Topics, Mediums, Subjects: Nationalism, Internationalism and Indigeneity in the Historiography of Australian Art since the 1980s’
4:45 – 5:00 Discussion