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Art appreciation lecture series 2019

Being human: The figure in art

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

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

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Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre

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

Maud Page

 

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Wednesday 30 January 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 31 January 2019 1pm – 2pm
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The human hand and the art of the caves

Mark Ledbury

 

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Wednesday 6 February 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 7 February 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Classical Greek sculpture: between idea and experience

Christopher Allen

 

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Wednesday 13 February 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 14 February 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Absence and presence: visualising the Resurrection of Christ

Louise Marshall

 

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Wednesday 20 February 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 21 February 2019 1pm – 2pm
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A Buddha for every age

Charlotte Galloway

 

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Wednesday 27 February 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 28 February 2019 1pm – 2pm
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The hedgehog saint and the walking dead: escaping the plague in Renaissance Italy

Louise Marshall

 

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Wednesday 6 March 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 7 March 2019 1pm – 2pm
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The human body and Renaissance architecture: the works of Alberti, Michelangelo and Palladio

Peter Kohane

 

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Wednesday 13 March 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 14 March 2019 1pm – 2pm
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The shock of the nude: sex, love and marriage in the Renaissance

Lisa Beaven

 

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Wednesday 20 March 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 21 March 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Bernini: figurative love, from body to spirit

Michael Hill

 

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Wednesday 27 March 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 28 March 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Rubens: flesh and fury

Peter Raissis

 

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Wednesday 3 April 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 4 April 2019 1pm – 2pm
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From where we stand: the positioning of Aboriginal people in photography

Cara Pinchbeck

 

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Wednesday 10 April 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 11 April 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Leonardo: mind, body and soul

Lorraine Kypiotis

 

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Wednesday 1 May 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 2 May 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Gloriana’s frocks: Tudor and Stuart portraits

Anne Dunlop

 

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Wednesday 8 May 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 9 May 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Farewell to the wet nurse: images of childhood and family in Enlightenment France

Jessica Priebe

 

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Wednesday 15 May 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 16 May 2019 1pm – 2pm

Beautiful bodies and perfect societies: Neo-classical fantasies

Mark Ledbury

 

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Wednesday 22 May 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 23 May 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni men and the 18th century body revolution

Peter McNeil

 

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Wednesday 29 May 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 30 May 2019 1pm – 2pm

Gainsborough, Reynolds, and the art of rivalry

Georgina Cole

 

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Wednesday 5 June 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 6 June 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Wreck: Géricault and the body in pieces

Mark Ledbury

 

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Wednesday 12 June 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 13 June 2019 1pm – 2pm

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

Alison Inglis

 

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Wednesday 19 June 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 20 June 2019 1pm – 2pm

The Edwardians: fair women and flamboyant men

Anna Gray

 

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Wednesday 26 June 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 27 June 2019 1pm – 2pm
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The wounded ideal: Cézanne’s Bathers

Terence Maloon

 

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Wednesday 3 July 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 4 July 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Rodin’s abject and fragmented bodies

Michael Hill

 

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Wednesday 24 July 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 25 July 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Bacon and Freud: taking humanity to the limits

Steven Miller

Note: Steven Miller’s lecture ‘Bacon and Freud: taking humanity to the limits’ will now take place on 31 July/1 August, not 28/29 August as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

 

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Wednesday 31 July 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 1 August 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Liberated bodies: Surrealism and gender ambiguity

Jaime Tsai

 

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Wednesday 7 August 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 8 August 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Embedding the figure: war art, games and virtual reality

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.

 

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Wednesday 14 August 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 15 August 2019 1pm – 2pm

The women that shaped Picasso’s nudes

Josephine Touma

 

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Wednesday 21 August 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 22 August 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Life classes: drawing the nude in Australia

Anne Ryan

Note: Anne Ryan’s lecture ‘Life classes: drawing the nude in Australia’ will now take place on 28/29 August, not 31 July/1 August as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

 

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Wednesday 28 August 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 29 August 2019 1pm – 2pm

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

Peter Kohane

 

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Wednesday 4 September 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 5 September 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Returning your gaze: the male nude in Australian art 1880 – 1980

Wayne Tunnicliffe

 

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Wednesday 11 September 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 12 September 2019 1pm – 2pm
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More than human: supernatural bodies in Japanese art

Melanie Eastburn

 

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Wednesday 18 September 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 19 September 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Courting controversy: the figure and its audiences

Mikala Tai

 

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Wednesday 25 September 2019 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 26 September 2019 1pm – 2pm
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Feeling from afar: touch, tactility and the photographic image

Isobel Parker Philip

 

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Wednesday 16 October 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 17 October 2019 1pm – 2pm

Gordon Bennett: the body politic

Zara Stanhope

Note: Zara Stanhope replaces Anneke Jaspers for this lecture

 

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Wednesday 23 October 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 24 October 2019 1pm – 2pm

Superhuman: realism in the modern age

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.

 

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Wednesday 30 October 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 31 October 2019 1pm – 2pm

Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age

Justin Paton

Note: Justin Paton’s lecture ‘Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age’ will now take place on 6/7 November, not 13/14 November as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

 

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Wednesday 6 November 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 7 November 2019 1pm – 2pm

The performing body: artist as subject

Jackie Dunn

Note: Jackie Dunn’s lecture ‘ The performing body: artist as subject’ will now take place on 13/14 November, not 6/7 November as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

 

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Wednesday 13 November 2019 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 14 November 2019 1pm – 2pm