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Illuminating Australian Art - Becoming Modern

  • Theatre Ground Level NGV (map)


This short course provides an engaging exploration of modernism and beyond in Australian art with a focus on illuminating works in the Australian collection and current NGV exhibitions Brave New World: Australia 1930sEvery Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s and Past Legacy: Present Tense.

Each week of the program will begin with a lecture or short talks exploring a key theme or idea, followed by floor talks in the collection and exhibitions.

Through a focus on current NGV exhibitions, and selected works in the NGV collection, participants in this course will develop:

  • an understanding of significant moments in twentieth and twenty-first century art
  • deeper knowledge of key works in the NGV collection
  • insights into the making of art and artists’ practice
  • skills in interpreting art

Presenters will include NGV curators, educators and Deakin University academics and artists.

Single Session cost: $48 A / $45 C / $40 M & Deakin Alumni/ $25 S

Special package offer available if booking all four weeks in the series.

Series cost: $180 A/ $170 C/ $150 M & Deakin Alumni/ $90 S

Patricia Piccinini; Psychogeography (1996)

Patricia Piccinini; Psychogeography (1996)

Turbulent Times
Focussing on the exhibition, Brave New World: Australia 1930s, this lecture will examine how artists used a multitude of styles to articulate pressing concerns and developments of the period such as the impact of new technologies; a growing interest in ‘body culture’; the rise of the so-called ‘new woman’; and the impending war.

Speaker: Dr Isobel Crombie, Exhibition curator and Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, NGV

Floortalk – Ways of Making: Pioneering Abstraction

Beckett Rozentals, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980, NGV, will discus approaches to abstraction through works in the NGV Collection.

Floortalk – Ways of Looking: Capturing the Zeitgeist

Ingrid Wood, Educator, NGV, will lead an interactive discussion exploring how Grace Cossington Smith captured the essence of modernity in The Bridge in-curve, 1930.

Later Event: 22 September
Mineral Matter by Brooke Holm