Across March we’ll be Reading the City; shining a light on the many ways we understand and talk about Melbourne itself. From the city as an abstract concept to the physical landscape in all its permutations, we’ll be hearing from visual artists and architects, policy makers and designers, novelists and historians. The City of Literature becomes the focus, and you’ll never read it the same way again.
Art on the City
Chaired by Chris McAuliffe, Harriet Edquist, David Hansen, Cat Poljski and Jan Senbergs discuss how artists go about interpreting the city. What are the challenges of depicting Melbourne through art? How do they see the city as an imaginative space?
Dr Chris McAuliffe is Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne. Prior to that he was for ten years a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne.
Jan Senbergs is an artist who lives in Melbourne and has held regular one-man exhibitions since the early 1960s.
Cat Poljski is a printmaker who works from her studio on Lygon Street and has just returned from New York City where she continues to “Trace Space”.
Harriet Edquist is Professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University.
David Hansen has worked as a regional gallery director, a State museum curator and an art auction house researcher and specialist; in 2014 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University.
With over 35 years’ experience in the visual arts and museums sector, Dr Hansen has curated more than 80 exhibitions, while his writings on art have been widely published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, exhibition catalogues and books. The catalogue of his 2017 National Portrait Gallery exhibition Dempsey’s People won the 2018 William M.B. Berger Prize for British Art History.