What's in a face? lectures
Expert insights from visiting curators
Image: Loretta Lux The waiting girl 2006, purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors Program 2007 © Loretta Lux/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Portrait of a nation: Max Dupain and the Australian body
Dr Isobel Crombie, senior curator, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Portraits can reveal the specific characteristics of an individual or they can move beyond the personal to engage with national ideals. In this lecture, Dr Isobel Crombie will discuss how Max Dupain’s distinctive portraits taken in the interwar period reflected some of the fears and desires of this turbulent time in Australian history. (Note: the presentation includes images of nudity.)
Dr Crombie has worked as a curator of photography since 1979. She regularly curates exhibitions on the history of Australian and international photography and has published over 60 articles and books on aspects of the medium.
Wednesday 9 November 2011 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Tough and close: contemporary photo portrait strategies
Dr Christopher Chapman, senior curator, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
In this lecture, Dr Chapman looks at the work of contemporary artists who use photographic media to make portrait-related images. He will discuss works by artists including Larry Clark, Ryan McGinley, Nan Goldin, Collier Schorr and Paul Sepuya framed by disjuncture, outsiderism and gender identity. (Note: the presentation includes images of nudity.)
Dr Chapman has worked as a curator and writer since 1990. He has consistently explored gender and identity in visual culture. His most recently curated exhibition was Inner worlds: portraits and psychology.
Wednesday 23 November 2011 7:30pm – 8:30pm