Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening Our Eyes book launch


Multifunction Room, Ian Potter Museum of Art (Building 136), Swanston Street


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Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening Our Eyes outlines the exciting and often controversial development of Australia's public galleries and the changing conditions that have determined their exhibition programs from the 1960s to the present. The extravagantly illustrated chapters are based on the extensive research of four authors associated with four universities from three states, tracing the growth and evolution of curatorial practice in Australia's rapidly changing art scene. Read how initial consultations between state gallery directors in the 1950s and '60s led to the emergence of national endeavours under the guidance of Gough Whitlam.

Richly annotated with multiple appendices and a comprehensive index of more than 1500 entries, this publication is an incredible resource for Australian art history that concludes with an analysis of the value of exhibitions that enables visitors to ‘see art with fresh eyes and see the world anew.

Join Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator at the Museum of Old and New Art and the authors Joanna Mendelssohn, Catherine De Lorenzo, Alison Inglis and Catherine Speck to launch the book, followed by refreshments and book signing.

The publication was generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation

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  • Professor Catherine Speck
  • Associate Professor Joanna Mendelssohn
  • Associate Professor Alison Inglis
  • Associate Professor Catherine De Lorenzo
  • Ms Jane Clark