IMA Talks

In Colour, debate

In Colour, debate

9 March 2017

The 2017 In Colour lecture series opened with a debate that will helped to find an answer to the question: is contemporary art chromophobic?


Two experts on aesthetics, Professors Susan Best (affirmative) and Andrew McNamara (negative), went head-to-head on whether colour still matters in contemporary art.


The debate was chaired by In Colour series curator, Madeleine King, and officially opened by IMA Co-Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh. Official rebuttals from the affirmative and negative were followed by an ‘audience rebuttal’, with comments and questions from the floor.


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Ryan Presley In Conversation

In Conversation

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In Colour, Eva Franch i Gilabert

In Colour, Eva Franch i Gilabert

Thursday 23 November 2017, we heard from New York-based architect, educator, and curator Eva Franch for a special In Colour lecture. Franch specialises in the making of alternative architecture histories and futures. She is the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York since 2010, and Professor at The Cooper Union School of Architecture. Franch discussed colour in the context of art, design, and politics, looking specifically at colour and ideology. Eva Franch’s lecture was followed by a Q & A with Professor Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, who has published on the topic of colour and ideology in architecture. Eva Franch’s visit to Australia was organised by the Institute of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She also presented the Lloyd Rees Lecture in Sydney, 22 November.
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In Colour, Kimberley Moulton

Seeing in Blak and White; On a Scale of One to 1788 How Authentic Are You?

Seeing in Blak and White; On a Scale of One to 1788 How Authentic Are You? What influence does the collection of historical cultural material in both art and natural history museums have on contemporary Aboriginal art today? How are artists challenging the palette of what is 'acceptable' Aboriginal art? In this third In Colour lecture, Yorta Yorta woman Kimberley Moulton discusses her experiences researching and curating in international collections and highlight work of South Eastern First Peoples who respond and re-contextualise cultural material in museums. She considers colour in such practices through the lenses of identity, the western art canon, and notions of authenticity.
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