Art appreciation lecture series 2019

    • 	Image: Charles Meere Australian beach pattern 1940 (detail) © Charles Meere Estate/Copyright Agency 2018
    • Being human: The figure in art

      Member, Lecture / symposium

How do we tell the story of what it is to be human? It’s a question that every age and every culture has addressed. And where better for an artist to begin such an exploration than with the human figure itself.

From the imprint of a hand in the earliest cave paintings to 21st century digital modelling, the depictions of ourselves, our loved ones, our enemies, our gods and goddesses, are arguably the most eloquent illustration of the human condition.

In 2019, the Society’s Art Appreciation lecture series will study how we look at ourselves and in what ways. With the nude we embody physical beauty and human frailty: the ancient Greeks, Rubens, Lucian Freud. The portrait reveals personality and power: Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Picasso. Social revolution, political upheaval and protest all find expression in the human form.

Over 36 weeks, in lectures by 31 distinguished curators and art historians, Being human: the figure in art, will wrestle with one of the greatest challenges for an artist. How to show us as we are – and who we are.

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Wednesdays: Full seriesTerm 1Term 2Term 3

Thursdays: Full and Term subscriptions are sold out.

Individual lectures: see below

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Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 1pm
30 January – 14 November 2019
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Full year: non-member $900, member $650
Per term: non-member $400, member $300
Per lecture: non-member $40, member $30

Term 1: 30 January – 2 May
Term 2: 8 May – 8 August
Term 3: 14 August – 14 November

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

Cancellations:
Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With full year or per term tickets, there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre

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Image: Charles Meere Australian beach pattern 1940 (detail) © Charles Meere Estate/Copyright Agency 2018

    • Multiple art histories and their depiction of the figure – Pacific and beyond

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      Wednesday 30 January 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 31 January 1pm – 2pm
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      Maud Page

    • The human hand and the art of the caves

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      Wednesday 6 February 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 7 February 1pm – 2pm
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      Mark Ledbury

    • Classical Greek sculpture: between idea and experience

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      Wednesday 13 February 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 14 February 1pm – 2pm
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      Christopher Allen

    • Absence and presence: visualising the Resurrection of Christ

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      Wednesday 20 February 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 21 February 1pm – 2pm
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      Louise Marshall

    • A Buddha for every age

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      Wednesday 27 February 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 28 February 1pm – 2pm
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      Charlotte Galloway

    • The hedgehog saint and the walking dead: escaping the plague in Renaissance Italy

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      Wednesday 6 March 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 7 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Louise Marshall

    • The human body and Renaissance architecture: the works of Alberti, Michelangelo and Palladio

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      Wednesday 13 March 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 14 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Peter Kohane

    • The shock of the nude: sex, love and marriage in the Renaissance

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      Wednesday 20 March 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 21 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Lisa Beaven

    • Bernini: figurative love, from body to spirit

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      Wednesday 27 March 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 28 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Michael Hill

    • Rubens: flesh and fury

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      Wednesday 3 April 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 4 April 1pm – 2pm
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      Peter Raissis

    • From where we stand: the positioning of Aboriginal people in photography

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      Wednesday 10 April 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 11 April 1pm – 2pm
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      Cara Pinchbeck

    • Leonardo: mind, body and soul

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      Wednesday 1 May 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 2 May 1pm – 2pm
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      Lorraine Kypiotis

    • Gloriana’s frocks: Tudor and Stuart portraits

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      Wednesday 8 May 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 9 May 1pm – 2pm
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      Anne Dunlop

    • Farewell to the wet nurse: images of childhood and family in Enlightenment France

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      Wednesday 15 May 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 16 May 1pm – 2pm

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      Jessica Priebe

    • Beautiful bodies and perfect societies: Neo-classical fantasies

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      Wednesday 22 May 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 23 May 1pm – 2pm
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      Mark Ledbury

    • Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni men and the 18th century body revolution

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      Wednesday 29 May 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 30 May 1pm – 2pm

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      Peter McNeil

    • Gainsborough, Reynolds, and the art of rivalry

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      Wednesday 5 June 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 6 June 1pm – 2pm
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      Georgina Cole

    • Wreck: Géricault and the body in pieces

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      Wednesday 12 June 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 13 June 1pm – 2pm

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      Mark Ledbury

    • Reading faces and figures in the 19th century: from caricature to phrenology

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      Wednesday 19 June 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 20 June 1pm – 2pm

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      Alison Inglis

    • The Edwardians: fair women and flamboyant men

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      Wednesday 26 June 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 27 June 1pm – 2pm
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      Anna Gray

    • The wounded ideal: Cézanne’s Bathers

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      Wednesday 3 July 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 4 July 1pm – 2pm
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      Terence Maloon

    • Rodin’s abject and fragmented bodies

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      Wednesday 24 July 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 25 July 1pm – 2pm
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      Michael Hill

    • Life classes: drawing the nude in Australia

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      Wednesday 31 July 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 1 August 1pm – 2pm

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      Anne Ryan

    • Liberated bodies: Surrealism and gender ambiguity

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      Wednesday 7 August 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 8 August 1pm – 2pm

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      Jaime Tsai

    • Embedding the figure: war art, games and virtual reality

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      Wednesday 14 August 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 15 August 1pm – 2pm

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      Andrew Yip

      Note: Andrew Yip’s lecture ‘Embedding the figure: war art, games and virtual reality’ will now take place on 14/15 August, not 30/31 October as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

    • The women that shaped Picasso’s nudes

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      Wednesday 21 August 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 22 August 1pm – 2pm
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      Josephine Touma

    • Bacon and Freud: taking humanity to the limits

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      Wednesday 28 August 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 29 August 1pm – 2pm
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      Steven Miller

    • Matter and light: a human being, abstract expressionism and architecture

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      Wednesday 4 September 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 5 September 1pm – 2pm

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      Peter Kohane

    • Returning your gaze: the male nude in Australian art 1880 – 1980

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      Wednesday 11 September 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 12 September 1pm – 2pm

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      Wayne Tunnicliffe

    • More than human: supernatural bodies in Japanese art

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      Wednesday 18 September 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 19 September 1pm – 2pm

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      Melanie Eastburn

    • Courting controversy: the figure and its audiences

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      Wednesday 25 September 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 26 September 1pm – 2pm
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      Mikala Tai

    • Feeling from afar: touch, tactility and the photographic image

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      Wednesday 16 October 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 17 October 1pm – 2pm

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      Isobel Parker Philip

    • Gordon Bennett: the body politic

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      Wednesday 23 October 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 24 October 1pm – 2pm

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      Anneke Jaspers

    • Superhuman: realism in the modern age

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      Wednesday 30 October 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 31 October 1pm – 2pm

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      Denise Mimmocchi

      Note: Denise Mimmocchi’s lecture ‘Superhuman: realism in the modern age’ will now take place on 30/31 October, not 14/15 August as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

    • The performing body: artist as subject

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      Wednesday 6 November 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 7 November 1pm – 2pm

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      Jackie Dunn

    • Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age

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      Wednesday 13 November 6pm – 7pm

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      Thursday 14 November 1pm – 2pm

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      Justin Paton