18 January – 27 April 2014
This major survey will focus on the past decade of the artist’s practice. Mellor’s Indigenous heritage informs his art, which considers Australia’s colonial legacy. Born at Mackay, Queensland, in 1971 he maintains strong links with his mother’s Country on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland.
The exhibition is the first to consider in depth how Mellor has contributed to contemporary Australian art, and will encourage engagement with the nation’s shared and contested histories through core themes. It will bring together key works from public collections, including Australian Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The University of Queensland and private collections.
Curator: Maudie Palmer AO; Coordinating Curator: Samantha Littley
Purchase the exhibition catalogue here
Thursday 13 March 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Panel Discussion: bala guwal–in everyday language
In association with the exhibition Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies and Sacred Ties, this panel discussion considers contemporary Indigenous cultural practice and reflects on our understanding of the past. How do audiences engage with the narrative of contemporary Indigenous art? Is there a shared dialogue that intersects with other forms of contemporary Indigenous creative expression? Please join panellists Wesley Enoch, Bruce McLean, Danie Mellor and chair Rhianna Patrick as they explore these issues and offer their insights.
Saturday 1 February 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Before the opening, learn more about the exhibition with Danie Mellor and curator Maudie Palmer AO
- Listen to or download here
- Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties Learning Resource available here
- View masterclass for senior high school students with Danie Mellor here
TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria (10 May – 27 July 2014)
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin (29 August – 16 November 2014)
1 March – 18 May 2014
No place brings together four international artists who investigate notions of place, working within the realm of constructed photography in both physical and digital studios. The exhibition includes the work of James Casebere (USA), Giacomo Costa (Italy), Yao Lu (China) and Lori Nix (USA). Each artist considers their environs, combining utopian and dystopian views that both reminisce on the past and forewarn of the future.
Curator: Gordon Craig
presented as part of Queensland Festival of Photography 5
10 May – 7 September 2014
Conflict: Contemporary responses to war reflects on the world altering events of September 11 2001, and explores art made around the theme of war in the years since. The exhibition takes a wide-ranging view, considering conflict on a global scale, and more localised struggles. It addresses, for instance, the historical conflicts that accompanied colonisation, and continue to affect present generations. Memorials and commemoration, and the machinery and technology of war are also examined.
Tony Albert (NSW), Khadim Ali (NSW/ Pakistan/ Afghanistan), Raymond Arnold (Tas), Richard Bell (Qld), Gordon Bennett (Qld), GW Bot (ACT), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Lyndell Brown & Charles Green (Vic), Michael Callaghan (NSW), Jon Cattapan (Vic), Dadang Christanto (NSW), eX de Medici (ACT), James Dodd (SA), Bonita Ely (NSW), Andrea Fisher (Qld), Fiona Foley (Qld), Ian Friend (Qld), George Gittoes (NSW/ Afghanistan), Shaun Gladwell (UK), Lucy Griggs (WA), Fiona Hall (SA), Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, (NSW/ Malaysia), Gordon Hookey (Qld), Fatima Killeen (ACT), Magda Matwiejew (Vic), Noel McKenna (NSW), Tom Nicholson (Vic), Brad Nunn (Qld), Raquel Ormella (NSW), Baden Pailthorpe (NSW), Ryan Presley (Qld), Ben Quilty (NSW), Caroline Rothwell (NSW), Joan Ross (NSW), Khaled Sabsabi (NSW), Alex Seton (NSW), Arryn Snowball (Qld/ Germany), Judy Watson (Qld), Guan Wei (NSW/ China), Diana Williams (Vic/ China), Jemima Wyman (Qld/ USA), John Young (Vic).
Laurence Aberhart (NZ), Wangechi Mutu (USA), Santiago Sierra (Spain), Unknown artist/s (Afghanistan).
Curator: Samantha Littley
UQ Chamber Singers performance
Sunday 7 September 2.00pm – 3.00pm
View more information here
Contemporary War Film Program
Saturday 16 August 2014 10.30am - 4:00pm
This program offers audiences an opportunity to engage with the diverse and compelling genre of the contemporary war film. Curated by John Edmond, PhD candidate in The University of Queensland’s School of English, Media Studies and Art History (EMSAH), the program includes a thoughtful and complementary line-up of narrative, documentary and experimental film.
For more information on the program click here
to be opened by
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
Join artists eX de Medici, Gordon Hookey, Fatima Killeen, and Baden Pailthorpe in conversation with curator Samantha Littley.
31 May – 17 August 2014
Between 1950 and 1972, galleries run by Brian Johnstone were Brisbane’s foremost forums for contemporary Australian art; Marodian Gallery (1950–1952), and The Johnstone Gallery run with his wife Marjorie (1952–1972), represented an impressive range of Australian artists. The Johnstone Gallery was arguably Australia’s most famous commercial gallery at that time, exhibiting the works of Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Ray Crooke, Lawrence Daws, Donald Friend, Sidney Nolan and Margaret Olley, among others. The exhibition comprises artworks shown at The Johnstone Gallery, along with scrapbooks, photographs and other gallery records drawn from The Johnstone Gallery Archive, one of the treasures of the State Library of Queensland’s Australian Library of Art collection.
Curator: Dr Nancy Underhill
Author: Dr Nancy Underhill
Additional author: Louise Martin-Chew
Title: Remembering Brian and Marjorie Johnstone’s Galleries / Dr Nancy Underhill.
ISBN: 9781742721101 (paperback)
Published by The University of Queensland Art Museum, 2014
RRP: $30.00, including GST
Live Music Performance
Sunday 10 August 11.00am - 12.00pm
The Tinalley String Quartet
In association with our exhibition Remembering Brian and Marjorie Johnstone’s Galleries, please join us for a performance by The Tinalley String Quartet, with Lerida Delbridge, Justin Williams, Michelle Wood, and Adam Chalabi at UQ Art Museum. Find out more here
Saturday 31 May 3.15 for 3.30 pm
Dr David Dunstan
Senior Lecturer, Monash University (godson of Brian Johnstone)
Wednesday 11 June 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Please join curator Dr Nancy Underhill on a guided tour of the exhibition.
Free. All welcome.
Refreshments served after the talk.
- Download images for news and review here
- View UQ News story here
Watch 'Johnstone exhibition reminds Brisbane of artistic treasures' on ABC News here
Remembering Brian and Marjorie Johnstone’s Galleries is presented in partnership with the State Library of Queensland.
Maurice Heiner Medical Pty Ltd
Dr Nancy Underhill
30 August – 30 November 2014
The year 2014 marks the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Dürer’s engraving Melencolia I 1514. Taking its cue from the engraving, the exhibition explores five centuries of melancholy in art. From the Renaissance onward, melancholy has been invoked as a condition, perspective, and/or mood; melancholy has inhabited figures, objects and landscapes. In addition to Dürer, the international artists include Francisco Goya, Fabien Mérelle, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Jusepe Ribera, Odilon Redon and Bill Viola, along with contemporary Australian artists such as Rick Amor, Tony Clark, Destiny Deacon, Bill Henson and Tracey Moffatt. Artworks are drawn from national and state institutions, and regional, university and private collections.
Curator: Dr Andrea Bubenik
Presented in partnership with the UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100 – 1800).
View and purchase the exhibition catalogue here
- Download images for news and review here
- Download media kit here
- View UQ News story here
- Listen to curator Dr Andrea Bubenik on ABC Radio National here
- Listen to Michael Anne Holly and Andrea Bubenik on ABC Radio National Books and Arts Daily here
Friday 29 August 6.15 for 6.30pm
to be opened by
Michael Ann Holly
Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor
Clark Art Institute, Williams College, Massachusetts
Friday 29 August 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Before the opening, please join exhibition curator Dr Andrea Bubenik in conversation with Professor Michael Ann Holly and Professor Keith Moxey.
Professor Michael Ann Holly is the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor, Williams College, Massachusetts. Her publications include The Melancholy Art (2013).
Professor Keith Moxey is the Barbara Novak Professor of Art History, Columbia University, New York. His publications include Visual Time: The Image in History (2013).
- Listen to the conversation here
Saturday 30 August 10.00am – 3.30pm
The Melancholic Imagination: A Continuing Professional Development Seminar
In association with the exhibition Five Centuries of Melancholia, please join us for a program of talks and readings that explore how melancholy has shaped the creative imagination from Dürer’s time to ours. What is melancholy, and how has this emotion been represented in visual art, music, film, theatre and poetry? Is melancholy a private state of mind, or can the term be used more broadly, to indicate a mode of understanding, a way of structuring experience?
Tuesday 2 September 5.00pm
Museum Hours (Cohen 2012) film screening 106 mins
Set around Vienna's venerable Kunsthistorisches Museum, Museum Hours uses the burgeoning connection between Johann (Bobby Sommer), a museum guard, and Anne (Mary Margaret O'Hara), a lonely visitor from the US, to explore the relationship between art, the cityscape, and their lives.
- Watch the trailer here
Thursday 4 September 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Histories of Melancholia panel discussion
This panel of scholars will discuss recent critical approaches to the role of melancholy in art and literature. Chaired by Professor Peter Holbrook, with Dr Andrea Bubenik, A/Prof Rex Butler, and Dr Lisa O’Connell. Presented as part of the 2014 Brisbane Writers Festival.
- Listen to the discussion here
Sunday 28 September 2.00pm – 3.00pm
The Badinerie Players perform John Dowland’s ‘Seven Lachrimae Pavans’ on original instruments of the baroque period.
Find out more here
Wednesday 22 October 6.00pm
History of Emotions Lecture 2014: Professor Laurinda Dixon A privileged profession: artists and melancholia. Presented in partnership with the UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100–1800).
- Listen to the lecture here
Tuesday 25 November 6.00pm
Between the Angel and the Dog: Dürer’s Melancholy Community
Associate Professor Drew Daniel, Department of English, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Presented by the UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100–1800).
- Listen to the lecture here
20 September 2014 – 22 February 2015
Lindy Lee’s work came to prominence in the 1980s and has evolved in tandem with key developments in Australian art, including the turn towards Asia. The first major survey of this artist’s practice, the exhibition explores Lee’s acclaimed early photocopy work, and the work that evolved following her embrace of Buddhism and her Chinese heritage. Also included are recent works in which she employs pyrographic techniques to evoke the infinity of the universe, and compositions comprising flung bronze. Works have been sourced from a range of public and private collections.
A fully illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition and includes essays by Associate Professor Rex Butler, Damian Smith and curator Michele Helmrich, as well as an interview with Lindy Lee conducted by Suhanya Raffel.
Visitor photography (without tripod, flash or zoom lens) is encouraged in this exhibition. Share your visit on social media.
Curator: Michele Helmrich
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
- Watch Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom on Vimeo
- Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom Learning Resource here
Friday 19 September 6.15 for 6.30pm
Dr Michael Brand
Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Friday 19 September 5.00 – 6.00pm
Before the opening, please join Michele Helmrich in conversation with Lindy Lee
Saturday 20 September 12.30– 3.00pm
Zen Buddhist Lindy Lee will conduct a zazen (seated) and a kinhin (walking) meditation session in the exhibition. Visitors are invited to follow and observe the artist, but are requested to remain silent. The meditation session will be preceded by a Q&A with the artist from 12.30 –1.00pm. Presented as part of the UQ Arts and Heritage Day program.
Thursday 25 September 6.00 – 7.00pm
Please join artist Lindy Lee and Senshin Soen Sa (Zen Master) from the Queensland Zen Centre in a conversation about Artistic practice and mindfulness.
Tuesday 2 December 6.00 – 7.00pm
- Listen to Lindy Lee in conversation with A/Prof Rex Butler and Michele Helmrich here
View and order the publication here