Art and Mortality Symposium - Day 1
Friday, 19 September 2014 from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM (AEST)
Death is one of the enduring themes in the arts, engaging visual artists working in all media. How do their works of art, from the past and present, relate to contemporary concerns about dying and death?
This two day symposium brings together leading art historians, curators and artists to discuss ideas associated with mortality and the visual arts. Topics to be addressed include: the symbolism of death, death and anatomy, death masks, photography and the limits of representation, the scene of death, and ethical and social issues. On the second day of the conference there is a special focus on works in the National Gallery's collection. Films are also included in the conference program.
Please book separately for day one and day two
Day one - Friday 19 September, Sir Roland Wilson Building, Australian National University
Day two - Saturday 20 September, James O Fairfax Lecture Theature, National Gallery of Australia
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Centre for Art History and Art Theory, Australian National University
The newly-established Centre for Art History and Art Theory is part of ANU School of Art and focuses on teaching and research in a wide range of art historical and theoretical areas. It offers the Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship, and teaches courses in undergraduate programs, graduate coursework programs and graduate research programs. It also offers higher degree research (Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philsophy) in art history and art theory.
Staff research specialisations are in the following areas: Asian art, historical to contemporary; curatorship; portraiture and identity; histories of photography; craft and design history; Australian art; and the history of artists' materials and techniques. The Centre works closely with the national cultural institutions located in Canberra and organises a number of public events and focused conferences and workshops every year. The Centre hosts the Australian Consortium on Asian Art. Professor Helen Ennis is the Director of the Centre which is located at the Sir Roland Wilson Building.