Question the status quo: An NGV Triennial conversation

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Quantum memories 2020 (render) As the NGV's learning partner, we're proud to present a conversation between senior lecturer Dr Vincent Alessi and NGV curators exploring the themes, influences and impacts of the unmissable NGV Triennial.

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Wednesday 10 February 2021 06:30 pm until Wednesday 10 February 2021 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Pio Liwanag
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La Trobe University
Type of Event:
Exhibition; Public Lecture

Our panellists will explore the NGV Triennial’s thematic pillars and interrogate how the exhibition engages with the key issues of our time. They’ll also discuss the motivations and impact of the exhibition’s unusual layout – with new pieces interspersed with the NGV’s permanent collection – and look at how the Triennial positions Melbourne in the global art landscape.

About the exhibition

The second NGV Triennial is an unmissable exhibition bringing together over 100 national and international contemporary artists, designers and architects to examine the world we live in. It’s on now and will continue through to 18 April 2021.

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Image credit: Refik Anadol Quantum memories 2020 (render), Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with funds donated by Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund and Barry Janes and Paul Cross, 2020 © Refik Anadol. Image courtesy of Refik Anadol


Judith Ryan AM

Senior Curator of Indigenous Art - National Gallery of Victoria

Judith Ryan AM is Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Judith received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts and English Literature at The University of Melbourne and a Certificate in Education at Oxford University. In her role at the NGV, she has curatorial responsibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Oceanic Art and Pre-Columbian Art. Judith's special interest is Indigenous Australian art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Judith has curated numerous exhibitions of Indigenous art, has published widely in the field and has been responsible for developing the NGV's collection of Indigenous Art.

Dr. Simon Maidment

Senior Curator of Contemporary Art - National Gallery of Victoria

Dr. Simon Maidment is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. He is responsible for a curatorial department working across Australian and International contemporary art in both gallery venues; creating exhibitions at the country’s best-attended public art museum, with an annual visitation of 3.2 million, and collecting as part one of the most active and ambitious acquisition programs of contemporary art in the region. Recent NGV exhibitions and publications as curator, author and editor include group shows the inaugural NGV Triennial and Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes and solo artist survey exhibitions of KAWS, David Hockney, Julian Opie, Gareth Sansom and David McDiarmid, and solo project shows by Shirin Neshat, Ryan Trecartin; Lizzie Fitch, Richard Mosse, Lee Mingwei and Carsten Höller. He has edited five NGV monographs since 2016, including a forthcoming publication on Camille Henrot, and was co-editor of The Centre: On art and urbanism in China, the inaugural publication of the NGV’s critical imprint, an initiative he co-conceived and co-founded.

Ewan McEoin

Senior Curator of the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture - National Gallery of Victoria

Ewan McEoin is Senior Curator of the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Australia's largest and most visited gallery. This department, the first of its kind in Australia, brings contemporary design into the sphere of a major art institution – it collects, exhibits and considers the most interesting trajectories in design today. Ewan has two decades of experience at the forefront of the Australian design industry working in design strategy, curating and publishing. He was the long-standing Editor of (inside) Australia Design Review, and Creative Director of the Victorian Government’s State of Design Festival in 2008 and 2009, as well as Unlimited, the Queensland Government-backed Asia Pacific Design Triennial in 2010. At the NGV, Ewan is focused on the role of the museum and the curator as a commissioner of ground-breaking design projects spanning temporary architecture, critical design and major commissions from international designers.

Dr. Vincent Alessi

Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts and Art History - La Trobe University

Vincent Alessi's research interests include the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, mid-late 19th-Century European art, 19th-Century popular graphic illustration and Australian contemporary visual art and curatorial practice. Vincent recent publication Popular Art and the Avant Garde explores van Gogh's collection of black-and-white popular illustrations. He is currently undertaking research on the influence of Charles Dickens on van Gogh. Vincent has also held numerous positions within cultural institutions including as a Director and Senior Curator. 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. He has written on the works of Reko Rennie, Ash Keating, Juan Ford, Darren Wardle, Sarah Amos, Adam Nudelman, Brook Andrew, Julie Rrap, Danny Moynihan and Dean Bowen, amongst others.



26th Oct 2021 8:57pm

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