This lecture addresses the question of national self-representation through the visual arts and design, as displayed on commemorative occasions related to white settlement. It pays particular attention to the stylistic watershed of the inter-war period, and specifically the 150th Anniversary celebrations held in Sydney in 1938. Within that framework, the lecture considers and analyses the Celebrations Council’s Art Competitions exhibition, and the contrast between traditional and modern entries in the competitions.
Dr Hansen, Associate Professor in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University, has curated more than 80 exhibitions, and published widely including Seeing Truganini, which won the Alfred Deakin Prize for the best essay advancing public debate in the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
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Series sponsor - Renaissance Tours, Support sponsor - Kimpton Margot Sydney
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