Art History: The Next 10 Years. A roundtable

10 December 2021, 3:00:00 am

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Session Convenors

Prof Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne
Prof Mark Ledbury, Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture

Session Moderators

Prof Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne
Prof Mark Ledbury, Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture

Session Speakers

Prof Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne
Prof Mark Ledbury, Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture
Dr. Katrina Grant, Australian National University
Prof Andrew McNamara, Queensland University of Technology
Dr. Denise Mimmocchi, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Dr Kate Warren, Australian National University

This roundtable discussion asks: what is the future of Art History in Australia and New Zealand ? How might we nurture, develop, and change our field so that it can thrive for the next ten years and beyond? What issues and questions are most important or promising going forward, and how do we address them? In short, how can art history remain relevant, exciting, and compelling at a moment of intense change and challenge? We hope for a conversation that will be both pragmatic and visionary, driving a national conversation about where we are now, and where we want to be going forward. The session is a joint initiative of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney and the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne.

THIS SESSION IS A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

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Biographies

Prof Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne

Anne Dunlop is the Director of the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne, and a specialist of medieval and early modern art and cross-cultural exchange.


Prof Mark Ledbury, Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture

Mark Ledbury is the Director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney. He is a specialist of early European art, and particularly of French art in the long eighteenth century.


Dr. Katrina Grant, Australian National University

Dr Katrina Grant will focus her remarks on the topic 'The tyranny of distance 2.0: international research in the age of Covid.' She is a lecturer in the Centre for Digital Humanities Research at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on gardens and the history of landscape, and visual culture of theatre and festivals in early modern Europe. She also works on new methodologies in digital humanities including mapping of the early modern landscape, an investigation of AI-assisted search for digital collections and an ongoing project with the National Museum of Australia on student-led digital innovation for public engagement. 


Prof Andrew McNamara, Queensland University of Technology

Prof Andrew McNamara FAHA will speak on the topic ' State of the arts: art history, now and into the future.' He teaches art history and theory, in Visual Arts in the Creative Industries Faculty of QUT. His research interests include modernism; contemporary art; Australian and indigenous art; design and architecture; critical cultural theory in relation to technology, society and media; and aesthetics. Recent publications include: Undesign (Routledge, 2018); Surpassing Modernity: Ambivalence in Art, Politics and Society (Bloomsbury, London, 2018/19); and the co-authored Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond: Transforming Education through Art, Design and Architecture (Miegunyah and Power, 2019). 


Dr. Denise Mimmocchi, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Denise Mimmocchi will present on the topic 'Curating art histories in the 21st century.' She is Senior Curator, Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her most recent exhibitions and publications include Margel Hinder: Modern in Motion (2021), Tony Tuckson: the Abstract Sublime (2018), O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism (2016 with Lesley Harding, Cody Hartley and Carolyn Kastner), Sydney Moderns: Art for a New World (2013 with Deborah Edwards) and Australian Symbolism: The Art of Dreams (2012). 


Dr Kate Warren, Australian National University

Dr Kate Warren will speak on the topic 'Popular Art Histories: Past, Present, Future.' She is a Lecturer of Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University. Her expertise is in modern and contemporary Australian and international art, especially film, photography, video and media art. She has published in journals such as Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Philosophy of Photography, Senses of Cinema, EMAJ: Online Journal of Art, and History of Photography. She has previously worked as a curator, writer and editor, including as Assistant Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (2007 -2011).