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The Legacies of Bernard Smith

A collaborative international symposium

In conjunction with the Power Institute, University of Sydney and the Australian Institute of Art History, University of Melbourne

Bernard Smith could be said to have established Australian art history. His work was seminal for histories of Pacific encounter and he also was also author to some of the country’s most eloquent memoirs. This symposium brings together an international field of scholars from art history, anthropology, history and literature, as well as curators and writers, to discuss all aspects of Bernard Smith’s wide-ranging work and explore and assess its impact and legacy.

The Legacies of Bernard Smith will be held across four days in September and November at the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the Art Gallery of NSW. The Gallery’s sessions will explore Smith’s contribution to Australian museological practice, gallery scholarship and public art education, in the context of recent debates about curatorial practice. In light of Smith’s role as one of the founders of Australian art history, the symposium will also explore the challenges facing art criticism and art writing in Australia today.

Speakers include Dr James Berryman, Stephen Miller, Dr Ann Stephen, Dr Christopher Marshall, Assoc Prof Joanna Mendelssohn, Dr Christopher Allen, Prof Andrew McNamara, Amelia Groom and Katrina Grant.

Melbourne
Thursday 20 & Friday 21 September 2012:
Australian Institute of Art History, University of Melbourne
Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building, Grattan St, Parkville
Download full Melbourne program (PDF, 191 KB)
Register for Melbourne

Sydney
Friday 9 November 2012:
Power Institute, University of Sydney
The Institute Building, City Rd (betw. Butlin Ave & Darlington Rd), Camperdown
Download full Sydney program (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Saturday 10 November 2012:
Domain Theatre, lower level 3, Art Gallery of NSW
View full program at the Art Gallery of NSW

View summary of all four days (on the University of Sydney website)

Saturday 10 November 2012, 9.30am–4.30pm

Free, bookings required
Booking link below is for both Sydney events

Duration 7 hours
Location: Domain Theatre

 
Co-presented with University of Sydney, The Power Institute