What’s on at the Art Gallery of NSW March – April 2011

March 22nd, 2011


  • Exhibitions, talks and music

Photography & Place – Australian landscape photography from 1970 to now
Until 29 May 2011 – Free
Works by 18 leading Australian artists – spanning more than three decades – present diverse and changing depictions of individual journeys through the national landscape. Bringing together over 90 works, this exhibition explores concepts of place and the role of the photographer as storyteller.
Tracing innovative developments in photographic techniques, the exhibition includes montage, Instamatic and Polaroid works of the 1970s, series from the 1980s and contemporary work. Drawn from the collections of the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery among others.
Guided tours
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 1pm
Wednesdays 7.15pm
PHOTOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM Saturday 9 April, 11am-4.30pm
Subject and object in 21st-century photography A constantly mutating medium, photography reacts to changes in art, society, politics and technology. This symposium explores new ways of thinking about the medium in the 21st century, with expert speakers from around Australia. Full program.
$65, $55 members, $30 students.
Bookings: (02) 9225 1878

23 Mar. Dr Michael Cathcart, author and ABC radio presenter
30 Mar. Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens senator
6 Apr. Wade Laube, photographic editor, Sydney Morning Herald
13 Apr. Robert Forster, singer-songwriter of The Go-Betweens and writer, The Monthly

23 Mar. Judy Annear, Senior curator, photographs, Art Gallery of NSW
30 Mar. Dr Sue Best, senior lecturer, College of Fine Arts
6 Apr. Dr Catriona Moore, senior lecturer, University of Sydney
13 Apr. Vigen Galstyan, assistant curator, Art Gallery of NSW
Exhibition talks Wednesdays 5.30pm

LIVE MUSIC 5.15 & 7.30pm
23 & 30 Mar. Matt Keegan, tenor saxophone
6 & 13 Apr. Phil Slater, trumpet
Live music Wednesdays 5.15 & 7.30pm

Screening in conjunction with Photography & place, this collection of features and short films follows characters on the move through the Australian landscape. Road movies, thrillers, poetic drama, gothic horror and unique hybrids, these films are an important component of Australian cinematic culture. Highlights include Peel (Dir: Jane Campion 1982), Long weekend (Dir: Colin Eggleston 1978), The singer and the dancer (Dir: Gillian Armstrong 1976) and the recently restored Australian classic, Wake in fright (Dir: Ted Kotcheff 1971). Full program
Free films
Wednesdays 2 & 7.15pm
Sundays 2pm

HOMAGE TO THE ANCESTORS Ritual art from the Chu kingdom
Until 26 April – Free
This major exhibition features some 70 stunning ritual objects from one particular region and time – the ancient Chu kingdom in the Warring States period (481-221 BCE).
Drawn from the holdings of the Hubei Provincial Museum, the superb artefacts include bronze vessels, musical instruments, lacquer wares and jades, many demonstrating an artistic perfection and a technological sophistication unparalleled anywhere in the ancient world.

Until 10 April – Free
A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2010. This year’s exhibition includes ceramics, collection of works, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video.

Until 13 June – Free
art + soul explores the diversity of Indigenous culture through three themes: ‘home and away’, ‘dreams and nightmares’ and ‘bitter and sweet’. Drawing on key works from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition reveals the myriad contemporary artistic expressions that evidence the enduring heritage of Indigenous Australia, in all its diversity and complexity.

20 Mar. When camels could fly, with Bronwyn Vaughan. Travellers’ tales from the Silk Road told through theatrical storytelling, song and music.
27 Mar, 3 Apr. Commedia dell’ Arte, with Dennis Murphy. Meet a cast of carnival characters in a lively puppetry performance with lots of laughter and mischievous action.
10 Apr. Didgeridoo dance. Share songs, stories, dance and music with the Aboriginal performer Matthew Doyle.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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