Art and Mortality
Dates + times
19 September 2014
Sir Roland Wilson Building
Australian National University
9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Followed by a public film screening of Tender (2013, 75 min), with Lynette Wallworth, Kath Shelper
James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia
10.00 am – 4.45 pm
(Registration from 9.30 am)
Followed by a public film screening of Amour (2012, 127 min, M, DVD)
The symposium is free but bookings are essential. Please note that the registrations for each day are separate.
The conference is partnered by the National Gallery of Australia and funded by the ANU Research School of Humanities, and the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
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Death is one of the enduring themes in the arts, engaging visual artists working in all media. How do their works of art, from the past and present, relate to contemporary concerns about dying and death?
This two day symposium brings together leading art historians, curators and artists to discuss ideas associated with mortality and the visual arts. Topics to be addressed include: the symbolism of death, death and anatomy, death masks, photography and the limits of representation, the scene of death, and ethical and social issues. On the second day of the conference there is a special focus on works in the National Gallery's collection. Films are also included in the conference program.
eX de Medici Blue (Bower/Bauer) 1998-2000 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2004 © eX de Medici.
Professor Helen Ennis, Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory, ANU School of Art.
Art and Mortality has been organised by the ANU School of Art Centre for Art History and Art Theory in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia.
Dr Chris Townsend is Professor of the history of avant-garde film and Director of Post Graduate Research in the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Art and Death, 2008, and will be speaking about the centrality of death to artistic practice.
Anne Noble is Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. In her presentation she will consider the importance of imagining and representing death and the ethical issues that this raises.