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23 Aug - 19 Nov


Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

Mca Collection

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01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Art Safari

27 Oct, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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ARTBAR October 2017

27 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA


Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

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Why Painting?
– Jacqueline Millner

Explore the recent history, current state and the possible futures of painting in this series of talks.

Painting Matters: materiality, embodiment and contemporary painting

Jacqueline Millner
(Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney)

Far from having exited the scene in the post-medium age, painting remains a key aspect of museum collections, commercial gallery stock, and artistic practice. But expectations of painting have been changing in our current times of promiscuous knowledge and image exhaustion. By considering how painting has been contextualised in certain recent international exhibitions, Jacqueline Millner draws out some of the distinctive features and strategies of contemporary painting.

Dr Jacqueline Millner is Associate Dean, Research at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, where she also lectures on contemporary art theory and history. She has published widely on contemporary Australian and international art in key anthologies, journals and catalogues of national and international institutions. She co-convenes the research group Contemporary Art and Feminism at the University of Sydney.

Thurs 8 October

FREE, bookings essential
Veolia Lecture Theatre

Presented in association with Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney

More talks in this series:

Saturday 26 September 2–3.30pm: Really Post-Critical Rex Butler (Monash University)

Saturday 31 October 2–3.30pm: Leonhard Emmerling (Goethe Institut, Delhi)

Image Credit: Lucy Parahkina

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8 October 2015, 6:30-8:00pm

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