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	Image: John Kaldor Family Gallery with Sol LeWitt’s Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Symposium on American art 1960-80

Minimal. Conceptual. Pop.

This international symposium, convened in conjunction with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, explores the Art Gallery of NSW’s American art collections of the 1960s and 70s. This period of radical experimentation gave rise to many of the practices and aesthetics underpinning contemporary art.

Enriched by the gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection in 2009, the Gallery boasts the world’s finest museum collection of works by Sol Lewitt. Major pieces by Lewitt, Carl Andre, Christo, Donald Judd, Edward Ruscha, Richard Serra, Frank Stella and Laurence Weiner are on display during the symposium.

Three leading American experts, Alexander Alberro (Columbia), Charles W Haxthausen (Williams) and Robert Slifkin (NYU), will travel to Sydney for the event. They will be joined by Australian scholars including Sue Best, Keith Broadfoot, Rachel Kent, Chris McAuliffe, Meredith Morse and Ann Stephen. Convened for the US Studies Centre by Professor Roger Benjamin, the symposium will also throw new light on Australian responses to American art.

This is the second symposium funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. The first, Abstract expressionism: Action. Painting. Now., was held at the National Gallery of Australia in August 2012.

Image: John Kaldor Family Gallery with Sol LeWitt’s Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 August 2013
10am - 5pm

$104 (both days) / $65 (one day)
$80/$50 Gallery member
$48/$30 student
Includes lunch and afternoon tea

Bookings and enquiries:
02 9225 1740

Read abstracts and biographies

Duration 7 hours
Location: Domain Theatre

Related gallery: Contemporary galleries

Terra Foundation US Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Friday 16 August 2013

10 – 10.25 am
Registration, Domain Theatre foyer

10.30 – 10.45 am
Michael Brand, Director, AGNSW, Welcome
Roger Benjamin, USSC, University of Sydney, Introduction

Morning session: New art on the public scale

10.45 – 11.35 am
Charles W Haxthausen, 'Doing wall drawings’: five notes on Sol LeWitt

11.35am – 12.25pm
Keith Broadfoot, Uncanny landscape: Christo, Jeanne-Claude and the arrival of contemporary art in Australia

12.30 – 2 pm
Lunch and viewing of contemporary galleries

Afternoon session: Minimal aesthetics

2 – 2.50 pm
Robert Slifkin, The empty room and the end of man

2.50 – 3.40 pm
Susan Best, 'Utterly free of human associations’: impersonality in minimalism and conceptual art

3.40 – 3.50 pm

3.50 – 4.40 pm
Meredith Morse, Dance/constructions: Simone Forti’s 'Huddle’, minimalist sculpture and ‘minimalist’ dance

4.50 pm


Friday 16 August 2013 10am – 5pm

Saturday 17 August 2013

10 – 10.15 am
Registration, Domain Theatre foyer

10.15 – 10.20 am
Sean Gallagher, COO, US Studies Centre, Welcome

Morning session: Conceptual and performance art

10.20 – 11.10 am
Chris McAuliffe, 'To discard, to repair, to continue’: minimalism and a larger modernism

11.10am – 12pm
Alexander Alberro, Conceptual art and language

12 – 12.10 pm

12.10 – 12.50 pm
Ann Stephen, 1969: Australian landfall for Christo and conceptual art

12.50 – 2 pm

Afternoon session: Pop and the public for American art

2 – 2.20 pm
John Kaldor in conversation with Anthony Bond

2.20 – 3.10 pm
Jaklyn Babbington, Roy Lichtenstein: pop art in the remix era

3.10 – 4 pm
Rachel Kent, Language and meaning in the art of Ed Ruscha

4 – 4.30 pm
Concluding discussion


Saturday 17 August 2013 10am – 5pm