Melbourne Mandarins: ‘Modern Chinese Painters’, 1974
Free Public Lecture
Ian Potter Museum of Art
Join us for a lecture on the exhibition ‘Modern Chinese Painters in the Traditional Style’, which was held at the University Art Gallery, Melbourne in 1974.
The exhibition was an early and rather impressive effort to promote the appreciation of Chinese painting in Australia. It crossed boundaries in bringing together those in Australia with an interest in and knowledge of Chinese art to share their understanding with a wider public. At a pivotal moment in Australia’s changing relationship with China, it reflected a fragile but evolving cultural ecosystem that developed from the efforts of a discerning group of citizens with strong links to the University.
Dr Claire Roberts is an historian of Chinese art and a curator. She is Associate Professor, Art History and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.
Associate Professor Claire Roberts, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Claire Roberts
University of Melbourne
Dr Claire Roberts is an historian of Chinese art and a curator. She is Associate Professor, Art History and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely on Chinese art and visual and material culture, and curated numerous exhibitions. Claire is fluent in Mandarin and began her studies in Chinese at secondary school in Melbourne. She later studied at Beijing Languages Institute (1978–79) and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (197981). She has a Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honors (1983) and a Master of Arts (1987) from the University of Melbourne. She was Curator at the Museum of ChineseAustralian History, Melbourne (198688) and Senior Curator of Asian Arts at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (1988–2010). Claire's PhD undertaken in the Research School of Pacific and Asian History at ANU (2006), focused on the work of scholar and brushandink painter Huang Binhong (1865–1955). After completing her PhD she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Geremie R Barmé's ARC Federation Fellowship (2007–09); Research Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (200910); Coordinate Program Fellow, HarvardYenching Institute (2011); and Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Adelaide (2012–14). Her current ARC Future Fellowship project focuses on the international context of modern and contemporary Chinese art.