Clever Summer at the NGV 2020

Explore La Trobe’s Clever Summer program at the NGV

December 2019 to April 2020

It’s a two-for-one deal on iconic artists at the NGV this summer.

They collaborated with the likes of Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and Madonna. They commented on social injustice and racism, and Keith Haring shone a spotlight on the AIDS crisis. They were two of the most significant and influential artists of the late twentieth century. Their legacies continue today in visual and pop culture.

From 1 December 2019 to 13 April 2020, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will play home to the world-premiere exhibition of Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.

Enrich your learning with Summer School at the NGV

La Trobe students can study the idiosyncratic, radical work of these two artists from inside the exhibition walls. As the NGV's summer Learning Partner, La Trobe offers students the only university-accredited subject taught at the gallery in January 2020.

This kind of industry learning environment is second-to-none. It’s studying the original works of art in a world-class exhibition, guided by leading academics in their field and an arts and cultural organisation at the top of its game. For any career they pursue, our students get the advantage.

Attend public art lectures delivered by La Trobe academics

Art isn’t just for art students.

Get insight into the intersecting lives, works and worlds of Haring and Basquiat – and how collaboration was key to their creativity – from our highly knowledgeable Senior Lecturer of Creative Arts, Dr Vincent Alessi. Art is for everyone, and we’ve opened our talks to the public since 2013. Enhance your experience with a greater understanding of the themes and intentions of the artists.

Delve deeper with clever conversations open to anyone and everyone with Bold Thinking. by La Trobe. While you’re socialising at NGV Friday Nights, browsing the exhibition, you’ll hear pop-up talks from La Trobe academics, who’ll bring life to the art with the artists’ backgrounds, the social context of their works and meaning you can’t see on the surface.

And if you’re a La Trobe student, staff or alumni , you can explore at your own pace with a concession discount on exhibition tickets .

Art and academia: A very clever partnership

At La Trobe University, we love bold ideas that push the boundaries and tackle the big issues of our time – and we believe that the arts are the perfect platform for exploring social, cultural and political themes. We recognised these values in the NGV, and have partnered with Australia’s most visited gallery to provide our students, community and you with opportunities to explore and learn in a whole new way.

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