La fillette au volant – girl with shuttlecock, 1737 Canvas,81 x 65 cm

Free Public Lecture | Keir Lectures on Art:

Chardin’s Girls: The Ethics of Painting will be held Thursday, 8 March 2018.

Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.

What did it mean to be a girl in the 18th century? Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth examines 18th-century French painter Jean- Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s intriguing depictions of young adults as images of emergent subjectivity. Lajer-Burcharth’s lecture considers the complex ethics of these representations of a nascent gendered self.

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth is William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University. A specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth century French art, she has also written extensively on contemporary art, including, among others, the artists such as Janine Antoni, Gary Hill, Mona Hatoum, Mary Kelly, Pipilotti Rist, Sam Taylor-Wood, Amy Sillman, Jane and Louise Wilson, and Krzysztof Wodiczko. Her books include Necklines: The Art of Jacques- Louis David after the Terror (Yale University Press, 1999), Chardin Material (Sternberg Press, 2011), Interiors and Interiority (with Beate Söntgen, De Gruyter, 2015); Painting Beyond Itself: A Medium in the Post-Medium Condition (with Isabelle Graw, Sternberg Press, 2016), and The Painter’s Touch: Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard (Princeton University Press, 2018). Her most recent research and writing has been focused on drawing as an act, a medium and an object. She has recently curated an exhibition Drawing: The Invention of the Modern Medium at Harvard Art Museum and coedited its catalogue (with Elizabeth M. Rudy, 2017).

Date: 6.30pm-8.00pm, Thursday, 8 March

Venue: William Macmahon Ball Theatre, Room 107, Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Vic 3010

Admission is free.

Bookings are required as seating is limited.

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This lecture is coordinated in partnership with the Power Institute, University of Sydney, as part of the Keir Lectures on Art Series, supported by the Keir Foundation.