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Conversations and events from Melbourne's flagship contemporary art space

    Defining Moments: Peter Cripps & Channon Goodwin – Permanent Recession: Art Labour & Circumstance

    Defining Moments: Peter Cripps & Channon Goodwin – Permanent Recession: Art Labour & Circumstance

    Channon Goodwin discusses Peter Cripps' lecture on 'Recession art and other strategies' 1985 at the IMA, as part of ACCA's Lecture Series Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Histories 1968–1999.

    Listen to the lecture by Peter Cripps here: https://soundcloud.com/acca_melbourne/defining-moments-peter-cripps-on-recession-art-and-other-strategies

    Read more about Peter Cripps' lecture and the lecture series here: https://acca.melbourne/series/defining-moments

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
    Channon Goodwin is an artist and arts-worker based in Melbourne. Goodwin is the Director of Bus Projects, founding Convener of the All Conference network, and makes films and podcasts for Fellow Worker.

    Peter Cripps is an artist and a former Director of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane (1984–86). As an artist has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally since the 1970s, with recent major individual survey exhibitions including Peter Cripps: Endless Space at the IMA, Brisbane in 2012, and Peter Cripps: Towards an Elegant Solution, ACCA, Melbourne in 2010. Between 1973 and 1988, Cripps worked as a curator and various other roles within a number of major Australian museums, galleries and alternative art spaces, as well as in a freelance capacity.

    • 15 min
    Defining Moments: Peter Cripps on Recession art and other strategies

    Defining Moments: Peter Cripps on Recession art and other strategies

    Lecture by Peter Cripps on the exhibition 'Recession art and other strategies' 1985 at the IMA Brisbane. Part of ACCA's Lecture Series 'Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Histories 1968–1999'.

    Listen to the follow up conversation with Peter Cripps and Channon Goodwin (Director of Bus Projects, founding Convener of the All Conference network) on the ACCA Podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/acca_melbourne/defining-moments-peter-cripps-channon-goodwin-permanent-recession-art-labour-circumstance

    Further information: acca.melbourne/series/defining-moments-
    popism/

    ABOUT THE LECTURE:
    In response to the social, political and cultural contexts of the 1970s and 80s, Peter Cripps curated the exhibition Recession Art, at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane in 1987. According to Cripps, ‘Recession art refers to art which is made under the pressure of little money and an insignificant market. It tends to be small, easy to produce, store and dispose of. It included the development of new strategies for the sale of works; the possibility of replacing parts as they sell with replicas. It is an art based on the limited means of production, speed of production and small size of constituent units, which, since they can form larger works, do not restrict the artist in the scale of his work. It is an art based on intellect rather than on formal qualities.’
    In his lecture, Cripps reviews this exhibition, interrogating its legacy, as well as exploring perceived synergies between historical and contemporary independent art practice. Additionally, he assesses the role and impact of this type of artist thinking and practice on the contemporary context.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
    Peter Cripps is an artist and a former Director of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane (1984–86). As an artist has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally since the 1970s, with recent major individual survey exhibitions including 'Peter Cripps: Endless Space' at the IMA, Brisbane in 2012, and 'Peter Cripps: Towards an Elegant Solution' ACCA, Melbourne in 2010. Between 1973 and 1988, Cripps worked as a curator and various other roles within a number of major Australian museums, galleries and alternative art spaces, as well as in a freelance capacity.

    Thank you to our partners:
    Presenting Partner Abercrombie & Kent; Research Partner Centre for Visual Art (CoVA); Event Partners Melbourne Gin Company, Capi and City of Melbourne; Media Partners Art Guide Australia, The Saturday Paper, 3RRR FM
    Produced by Gatherer Media.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Book Club: Quentin Sprague In Conversation With John Kean

    Book Club: Quentin Sprague In Conversation With John Kean

    In this session of ACCA Book Club, Quentin Sprague and John Kean discusses Sprague’s 2020 book, 'The Stranger Artist' (published by Hardie Grant).

    ACCA Book Club is our new monthly lunch-time catch up about reading, writing and more. Each month, we invite a special guest and previous contributor to ACCA publications, to lead an open and active discussion with participants about a written or spoken-word work of their choice online via Zoom to a small group.

    Further information including speaker bios available here:
    https://acca.melbourne/program/acca-book-club-quentin-sprague-and-john-kean/

    Recorded on 24 June 2020

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Book Club: Elvis Richardson and Melinda Rackham

    Book Club: Elvis Richardson and Melinda Rackham

    In this first recorded ACCA Book Club, Elvis Richardson and Melinda Rackham discuss their forthcoming publication 'CoUNTess: Spoiling Illusions since 2008', specifically '‘Chapter 3: My Brilliant Art School Career’ with participants on Zoom.

    ACCA Book Club is our new monthly lunch-time catch up about reading, writing and more. Each month, we invite a special guest and previous contributor to ACCA publications, to lead an open and active discussion with participants about a written or spoken-word work of their choice online via Zoom to a small group.

    Further information including speaker bios available here: https://acca.melbourne/program/acca-book-club-elvis-richardson-melinda-rackham/
    More information about CoUNTess Report available here: https://countess.report/

    Recorded on 10 June 2020

    • 57 min
    Defining Moments: Popism by Judy Annear

    Defining Moments: Popism by Judy Annear

    Popism, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1982
    Lecture by Judy Annear

    The exhibition POPISM was held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1982. At 24 years old, recent honours graduate and founder and editor of Art & Text magazine, Paul Taylor was invited to curate an exhibition of contemporary Australian art. The NGV was usually described as ‘the bunker’ with apparently little connection to the local art scene or experimental practice. POPISM came like a bolt from the blue, hard on the heels of the first five issues of Art &Text.

    This lecture will discuss the exhibition and the artists (Howard Arkley, David Chesworth, Ian Cox, Juan Davila, Richard Dunn, Paul Fletcher, Maria Kozic, Robert Rooney, Jane Stevenson, The Society for Other Photography, Imants Tillers, Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson, and Tsk Tsk Tsk), provide some background and context to the ideas and practices, and the evolution of Taylor’s thinking and working. I will trace this through Taylor’s published writings, the various reactions to his activities, and the recollections and interpretations of his peers – then and now.

    Further information: acca.melbourne/series/defining-moments-
    popism/

    Copyright ACCA and Judy Annear
    Produced by Gatherer Media

    Thank you to our partners:
    Presenting Partner Abercrombie & Kent; Research Partner Centre for Visual Art (CoVA); Event Partners Melbourne Gin Company, Capi and City of Melbourne; Media Partners Art Guide Australia, The Saturday Paper, 3RRR FM

    Image: POPISM 1982, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

    • 51 min
    ACCA Think Tank #1: Who's Afraid Of Public Space?

    ACCA Think Tank #1: Who's Afraid Of Public Space?

    This Think Tank is the first in a series of public forums that will take place over the next twelve months that will both feed into and highlight the ideas and concerns of ACCA’s forthcoming 2021 research, publication and exhibition project, 'Who’s Afraid of Public Space?'

    This forum featured key thinkers in public culture, art and design to consider the impacts of the rapid turn to the digital, messaging around fear, accessibility, as well as other recent global discussions and debates around the contested nature of public space, and the shifting character of public culture.

    Speakers: Dr Marnie Badham; Eugenia Flynn; Dr Grace McQuilten; Professor Nikos Papastergiadis; Nur Shkembi and moderated by ACCA Artistic Director and CEO Max Delany.

    Recorded on 29 April 2020. Graphic recording and hero image by Sarah Firth.

    For more information visit: acca.melbourne/program/think-tank-whos-afraid-of-public-space/

    • 1 hr 2 min

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