Exhibiting Culture

CRA2ECA/ CRA3ECB

As the exclusive higher education partner of Bendigo Art Gallery and Murray Art Museum Albury, La Trobe University is pleased to offer this fully accredited elective subject to all La Trobe undergraduate students and to members of the broader public who wish to make a general public registration.

The subject is taught by senior curators, academic staff from La Trobe University and guest lecturers.

Over two weekends & two locations

Bendigo

  • 15 April, 2016 (evening only)
  • 16 & 17 April, 2016

Albury

  • 29 April (evening only)
  • 30 April & 1st May, 2016

Norma Jeane Baker eagerly embarked upon her Cinderella transformation into Marilyn Monroe through strategically using her looks. The camera loved her and she loved the camera. Her dream of being a great star came true – in her lifetime and beyond. Being Marilyn, however, did not bring the fulfilment, contentment, and security the dream had seemed to promise. Why not? Was Hollywood to blame? The Kennedys? 1950s conservatism? The circumstances of her childhood? The double-edged sword of celebrity?

In addressing questions such as these the "Exhibiting Culture: Marilyn" will explore the Marilyn phenomenon through the a number of lenses, including those provided by history, politics, fashion, cinema and the visual arts, psychology, gender relations and law.

Students will have the opportunity to enjoy access to Bendigo Art Gallery's Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe exhibition and to the Murray Art Museum Albury's exhibition Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon. Leading La Trobe scholars and other experts will guide participants through a comparative exploration of the exhibitions.

This subject will be taught over two weekends (including the Friday evenings) – the first in Bendigo and the second in Albury - embedding participants in these unique exhibitions, as researchers, critics, creative artists, and writers. It will also have additional learning support available online until the end of the semester.

Image: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes © 1953 and 2015 Twentieth Century Fox.

Bookings

Bookings are now closed.


Subject information

When and where

When

Bendigo: 15 April, 2016 (evening only), 16 & 17 April, 2016

Albury: 29 April (evening only), 30 April & 1 May, 2016

Where

Bendigo: Visual Arts Centre and Bendigo Art Gallery

Albury: Murray Art Museum Albury

Full schedule/program details are supplied to students through LMS after enrolment

Subject outline and curriculum

Exhibiting Culture A

Exhibiting Culture A is an immersive, gallery-based subject, underpinned by La Trobe University's exclusive partnership with nationally and internationally renowned institutions. The subject is designed to deepen learning across a range of arts disciplines and creative practices, such as art history, social history, archaeology, philosophy, law, textual studies, education and politics, via the experience of a unique, curated exhibition.

While the subject content will vary in relation to the specific exhibition in which it is embedded, it will also address the following broad questions:

  • what type of exhibition is this
  • what holds this collection of cultural objects together
  • is it organised around a theme, a period, an artist, a significant individual, a movement, or something else
  • how does the exhibition direct inquiry and engagement
  • what types of knowledge does it produce; by what criteria can an exhibition be evaluated
  • how successful is this exhibition as a whole?

Assessment

  • Exhibition essay (30%)
  • In-depth investigation (30%)
  • Creative response (40%).

Intended learning outcomes

  • Apply a broad range of analytical, theoretical positions that relate to the exhibition and curatorial intent.
  • Interpret and evaluate artworks in relation to a in-depth research question.
  • Critically research a topic using relevant data sources.
  • Communicate visually and in writing your ideas and the relevant ideas of other relating to historical, curatorial and theoretical material explored in the research and the exhibition.
  • Evaluate your own creative arts or discipline-based practice in relationship to a critical contextualised position.

Exhibiting Culture B

Exhibiting culture B extends the engagement in and with the curatorial space, in conjunction with La Trobe University's exclusive partnerships with nationally and internationally renowned institutions as a way to transform learning. Students engage in the experience of a unique, curated exhibition that is contextualised with a range of arts disciplines and creative practices, such as art history, social history, archaeology, philosophy, law, textual studies, education and politics, allows for critical and creative responses.

Attending to the experience of the exhibition is a way to critically question how it is curated; what types of knowledge does it produce; by what criteria can an exhibition be evaluated, and how successful is this exhibition as a whole? This subject consolidates the immersive gallery-based experience with:

  • relevant contemporary and historic lectures
  • learning involvements and activities that afford a deepening engagement in inquiry
  • critical questioning
  • responding in ways that evaluate the experience, a theme, a period, an artist, a significant individual, a movement, or something else.

Assessment

  • Exhibition essay (30%)
  • In-depth investigation (30%)
  • Creative response (40%).

Intended learning outcomes

  • Apply a broad range of analytical, theoretical positions that relate to the exhibition and curatorial intent.
  • Interpret and evaluate artworks in relation to a in-depth research question.
  • Critically research a topic using relevant data sources.
  • Communicate visually and in writing your ideas and the relevant ideas of other relating to historical, curatorial and theoretical material explored in the research and the exhibition.
  • Evaluate your own creative arts or discipline-based practice in relationship to a critical contextualised position.

Subject schedule

Block 1

Friday 15 April: Bendigo
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers
5.00 pmWelcome and IntroductionBendigo Art GalleryKaren Quinlan, Director, Bendigo Art Gallery
Director and Professor of Practice, La Trobe Art Institute
Dr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
Tansy Curtin, Senior Curator, Collections and Research, Bendigo Art Gallery
6.30 pmBreak
8.00 pmFilm Screening: My Week with MarilynVisual Arts Centre

Dr Felicity Collins, Associate Professor, Creative Arts and English

Dr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

 

Saturday 16 April: Bendigo 
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers
9.00 amCurating the Marilyn exhibitionBendigo Art GalleryTansy Curtin, Senior Curator, Collections and Research, Bendigo Art Gallery
10.30 amPerforming Identities: My Week with MarilynVisual Arts CentreDr Felicity Collins, Associate Professor, Creative Arts and English
12.00 pmDressing MarilynVisual Arts CentreNicole Jenkins, Award-winning writer and vintage fashion specialist
1.00 pmBreak
2.00 pmSexuality, Hollywood and the 1950sVisual Arts CentreProfessor Dennis Altman, Emeritus Professor in Politics
4.00 pmMarilyn, Miller and McCarthyism: A public relations and media perspectiveVisual Arts CentreKevin Brianton, Lecturer in Communications and Media
Dr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
5:00 pmBreak
7.30 pmFilm Screening and discussion:
Some Like It Hot
Visual Arts CentreDr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

 

Sunday 17 April: Bendigo 
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers
9.00 amGallery visit and exhibition tourBendigo Art GalleryTansy Curtin, Senior Curator, Collections and Research, Bendigo Art Gallery
10.30 amWho owns Marilyn? Marilyn's MindersVisual Arts CentreTansy Curtin, Senior Curator, Collections and Research, Bendigo Art Gallery
12.00 pmWho owns Marilyn? Privacy, Commodification and the LawVisual Arts CentreDr Francine Rochford, Senior Lecturer in Law
1.00 pmBreak
2.00 pmThe Lost Child and Her MasksVisual Arts CentreDr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing,
3.30 pmSeminarVisual Arts CentreDr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
Dr Sofia Ahlberg, Lecturer in Creative Arts and English
5:00 pmClose

 Block 2

 Friday 29 April: Albury
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers
5.00 pmWelcome and Introduction to the ExhibitionMurray Art Museum Albury (MAMA)Jacqui Hemsley, Director, MAMA
6.30 pmBreak
8.00 pmFilm Screening and discussion: The MisfitsTBADr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing,

 

 Saturday 30 April: Albury
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers
9.00 amGallery visit and exhibition tourMAMABianca Acimovic, Curator, MAMA
10.30 amMarilyn: Celebrating an American Icon
A Curatorial Perspective

MAMA 

Bianca Acimovic, Curator, MAMA
12.00 pmFrom Image to Icon: Marilyn and the CameraMAMADr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
1.00 pmBreak
2.00 pmMarilyn's place in contemporary artMAMAVince Alessi, Senior Lecturer in Creative Arts
3.30 pmSeminarMAMADr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
5:00 pmBreak
7.30 pmFilm Screening and discussion: Gentlemen Prefer BlondesRegent Cinemas, AlburyDr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

 

 Sunday 1 May: Albury
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers
9.00 amGallery visit and exhibition tourMAMABianca Acimovic, Curator, MAMA
10.30 amMarilyn in a Man's WorldMAMADr Edgar Burns, Lecturer in Social Inquiry
12.00 pmThe Writer and the Actress: the Miller ConnectionMAMADr Sofia Ahlberg, Lecturer in Creative Arts and English
1.00 pmBreak
2.00 pmMarilyn Monologues: dramatic writing workshopMAMAMargaret Hickey, Author, playwright and Associate Lecturer
4.00 pmSeminarMAMADr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
Dr Sofia Ahlberg, Lecturer in Creative Arts and English
5.00 pmClose

Accreditation

  • All La Trobe students who enrol in the full subject and successfully complete and pass the assessment component will receive accreditation towards their degree. 
  • General public who register and attend without the assessment component may apply for a certificate of participation which can be used to demonstrate continuing professional development.

Cost and bookings

General public registration

Full program (both Bendigo and Albury weekends): $450
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Bendigo Weekend Only: $250
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Albury Weekend Only: $250
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Members of the general public are invited to register and may attend either one or both weekends.

Current La Trobe University students may take this as Commonwealth-supported elective subject.

Accommodation and transport

Participants from outside Albury or Bendigo will need to arrange accommodation at their own cost. The Albury Wodonga and Bendigo Visitor Centres can assist with booking accommodation to suit your budget.

Transport and parking

Bendigo

By car: Bendigo is a 150 km (2 hour) drive from Melbourne along the Calder Highway. For more information, visit the City of Greater Bendigo page.

By train:V/Line trains run approximately every two hours from Melbourne and daily from Swan Hill and Echuca. The gallery is approximately 15 minutes' walk from the train station. For further information visit V/Line or phone 1800 800 007.

Parking: On and off-street parking is available in the Bendigo CBD. An off-street ticketed car park is available behind Bendigo Art Gallery. Entry is at the junction of View Street and Rowan Street. 

For more information on travelling to and around Bendigo, visit our transport central page or www.bendigotourism.com.

Albury

By car: Albury is a 325 km (3.5 hour) drive from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. For more information, visit http://www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/

By train: V/Line trains run regularly between Melbourne and Albury with a line change in Seymour. The gallery is approximately 15 minutes' walk from the train station. For further information visit V/Line or phone 1800 800 007.

By air: There are daily flights between Melbourne and Albury with Rex. For more information, visit http://www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/airport

Contact

Subject Coordinator: Dr Sue Gillett

For more information about this subject contact:

Jennifer Uren
Administrator – La Trobe Art Institute
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
T: +61 3 5444 7969 
E: j.uren@latrobe.edu.au