Defining Moments: Stories from the 1968-1999 Australian Exhibitions – Announcements



Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Stories 1968-1999
ACCA Annual Conference Series

Australian Center for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

111, rue Sturt, south shore

Melbourne VIC 3006

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Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Stories 1968-1999 is the focus of ACCA’s 2019-2020 lecture series, with eight lectures per year highlighting markers of change in Australian art, addressing the major contemporary art exhibitions and projects held over the past three decades of the 20th century.

Ambitious, contested, polemical, defining and defying genres, contemporary art exhibitions have shaped and transformed the cultural landscape, as well as our understanding of what constitutes art itself. This program traces the legacy of artists and curators, addresses the critical reception of selected significant projects and reflects on a wide range of exhibitions and formats; from artists’ initiatives to institutions, including interventions in public spaces and remote communities.

Presented in association with Abercrombie & Kent and Research Partner, Center of Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne, the two-year series brings together a diversity of voices in lectures and hour-long conversations involving exhibiting artists, curators, critics and historians, with a first series of conferences scheduled from April to November 2019.

In 2019, the series will focus on the period 1968 to 1981, which saw a series of exceptional projects that transformed the production and reception of contemporary art in Australia. These include Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, in Little Bay, Sydney, in 1968-69; the Honey ant Dream and other murals at the Papunya school in 1971; Sculptural landscape ’75 – the Mildura Sculpture Triennial; and other experimental contexts involving sound, video, performative, conceptual and feminist artistic practices. In 2019, the lecture series will take us to a series of sites beyond the museum, with a focus on exhibitions and projects that have taken place outside conventional institutional frameworks.

In 2020, the lecture series will explore the new institutional models that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s, with the development of periodical exhibitions such as the Sydney Biennale, Perspecta and the Asia-Pacific Triennial; the development of contemporary art spaces, aboriginal art centers and artist-run initiatives; among other contemporary contexts and modes of exhibition.

The lecture series includes:

Monday April 15: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped coast 1968-69
Lecture by John Kaldor, with respondent Rebecca Coates

Monday April 29: Digging for honey ants: the Papunya mural project
Lecture by John Kean, with respondent Hannah Presley

Monday June 3: Object and Idea
Conference by Ian Milliss

Monday July 8: Inhibodress, multimedia jamming
Lecture by Peter Kennedy, with respondent Sue Cramer

Monday August 5: Clifton Hill Community Music Center 1976-1983
Lecture by David Chesworth

Monday September 3: Almost anything goes: Sculpturescape 1975 in Mildura
Lecture by Julie Ewington

Monday, October 7: A Room of their own: creating a space for the feminist collective
Lecture by Janine Burke, with the respondent Helen Hughes

Monday November 4: Post Object Art in Australia and New Zealand
Lecture by Anne Marsh


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