UPDATE: RSVP extended to October 14th.

The La Trobe University Alumni Art History Chapter presents, with the National Gallery of Victoria, the thirteenth annual Rae Alexander Lecture

Dr Chris McAuliffe

Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art (University of Melbourne)

On fibbing considered as one of the fine arts

Art, according to Picasso, is ‘the lie that tells the truth’. Artists demonstrate their talent for elegant fibbing both in their art and the comments they make upon it. Why are we so willing to accept without question the ‘beautiful lies’ that artists produce? And how does art history navigate truth and untruth in art?

Dr Chris McAuliffe is Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne. Prior to that he was for ten years a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at The University of Melbourne. Dr McAuliffe has researched and written extensively in the area of contemporary art, and is the author of Art and Suburbia, 1996, Linda Marrinon: let her try, 2007, and Jon Cattapan: possible histories, 2008. He is a regular media commentator on the arts and has appeared on ABC TV’s ‘Sunday Arts’ program since 2006. In September 2011, he will take up the position of Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University.

The lecture is named in honour of and in memory of the founder of the Art History Chapter, Rae Alexander (1919–2009). Rae convened the Art History Chapter in 1996 and under her leadership and subsequent support the Chapter has prospered. Her legacy has been its continued success which is today reflected in this lecture.

Date: Friday 22 October 2010. Commencing at 6pm for drinks, lecture at 6.30pm.
Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne (Enter through the North Entrance via Art Centre Forecourt)
RSVP: FRIDAY 14th October 2010 (EXTENDED), Alumni and Advancement Office, La Trobe University Victoria 3086
Enquiries:  T 1300 588 300, E alumni@latrobe.edu.au
Booking is essential – you can download the booking slip and ticket prices here as a pdf.