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As She Appears: The Muse in Art

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Polixeni Papapetrou: Blinded 2016 from the Eden series 2016, © the estate of Polixeni Papapetrou, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney and Jarvis Dooney, Berlin

at NGV Australia, Federation Square

Subversion

Inspired by Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou and Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic, on display at NGV Australia, explore contemporary artists, writers and thinkers whose work features the same figures again and again. How do these representations subvert traditional notions of the muse?

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Who?

Portrait of Maria Quirk

Maria Quirk

Dr Maria Quirk is the Project Officer for Research and Acquisitions at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). A historian of women's and art history, she has previously held academic positions at the University of Queensland and Deakin University, and is a former State Library of Queensland research fellow. 

Portrait of Susan van Wyk

Susan van Wyk

Susan van Wyk is the Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria. Since joining the NGV she has worked on more than sixty exhibitions of Australian and international photography. 

Portrait of Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills is an award-winning visual essayist, a poet, educator and memoir editor for Scum Magazine. She was recently awarded the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for Nonfiction for her Scum Magazine column, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl, and The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction (2018). She was a finalist for the mid-year Walkleys, and was recently named as a finalist for the 2018 Subbed In Chapbook Prize. 

Eloise's graphic novel, Sexy Female Murderesses, was published by Glom Press in December 2018. Her poetry collection, If you're sexy and you know it slap your hams, is forthcoming with Subbed In (April 2019). She tweets and grams as @grillzoid.

Portrait of Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin

‘I am counting on you not to grow up into one of those sensible, strategic people who always calculate odds and risks before acting. Trust me, there are enough of them in the world already.’

According to Helen Garner, ‘Nobody can write like Maria Tumarkin’. A writer and cultural historian, Tumarkin is the author of four books of ideas: Traumascapes, Courage, Otherland and the boundary- breaking, award-winning Axiomatic. She teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.

As She Appears: The Muse in Art

The idea of the artistic muse dates back to classical mythology and enjoyed a surprisingly long run as a celebrated, romanticised notion in western art. Today, the notion seems archaic – at least in its traditional sense – yet many artists are still preoccupied with the figure of the muse, even if they’re more concerned with distorting and subverting old ideas of female representation.

What’s the line between inspiration and objectification? And how and when does the muse return or deflect the artist’s gaze? When does the muse reveal herself, and when does she reveal more about her creator?

In this series of after-hours events at the NGV, uncover the many meanings of the muse with curators, writers and performers. They’ll respond to works in the NGV Collection – talking representation, inspiration, family and the female body.

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.

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