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The search for a new civic imagination - La Trobe Public Lecture

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National Gallery of Victoria

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180 St Kilda Rd

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The search for a new civic imagination


In his essay “Democratizing urbanization and the search for a new civic imagination” American architect and academic Teddy Cruz, suggests that our institutions or culture, governance and urban planning need to begin to reimagine alternative ways to engage with the conditions that have produced the major issues of our times. In this lecture, Dr Vincent Alessi will discuss the role of artiste and creative practioners in the public space, investigating how they have and continue to contribute to the creation of a new civic imagination ensuring that the city of the future remains equitable and sustainability for the communities which inhabit it.



Dr Vincent Alessi

Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University, Department of Creative Arts and English

Dr Vincent Alessi is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, mid-late nineteenth century European art, nineteenth century popular graphic illustration and Australian contemporary visual art and curatorial practice. Dr Alessi has held numerous positions within cultural institutions including Curatorial Manager at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne and Artistic Director of LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art. He has curated exhibitions both nationally and internationally on artists as diverse as Mike Brown, Philip Hunter, Brook Andrew, Julie Rrap and Bernard Boles and on topics varying from abstraction in Australian landscape painting to notions of place and identity in contemporary practice.

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