MADA Artforum: Amelia Barikin & Chris McAuliffe
Join us for a talk by Dr Amelia Barikin (University of Queensland) and Professor Chris McAuliffe (Australian National University), co-curators of Robert Smithson: Time Crystals at Monash University Museum of Art. Dr Barikin and Professor McAuliffe will introduce the exhibition, offering insights into Smithson’s methods, processes, connections and influences.
Amelia Barikin is a Lecturer in Art History in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. Her research often focusses on the relationship between art and time. She is a member of the Research Unit for Public Cultures, University of Melbourne, an editorial advisory board member of the arts journals Discipline and emaj and a board member of Media Art Asia Pacific, Brisbane. Amelia has taught on modern and contemporary art, art theory and curatorship and has published widely. Her book Parallel Presents: The Art of Pierre Huyghe was published by MIT Press in 2012. Her co-edited anthology Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction was published by Surpllus in 2013. In 2015, she co-curated the major exhibition 'Pierre Huyghe: TarraWarra International 2015' at TarraWarra Museum of Art. She is currently researching the intersection of art and science fiction.
Chris McAuliffe joined the School of Art at the Australian National University in 2015. From 2000–2013 he was Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. He taught art history and theory at the University of Melbourne (1988-2000). In 2011-12, he was the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University. Chris McAuliffe’s research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century art (Australia and America) with a focus on earthworks (Robert Smithson), abstract expressionism (Jackson Pollock), art and sport, art and rock music.
Robert Smithson: Time Crystals (21 July – 22 September 2018) is the first exhibition in Australia dedicated to the work of American artist Robert Smithson (1938–1973). Best known for his radical land art of the 1960s and early 1970s, in the years since his untimely death Smithson has come to be recognised as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition, related symposium and accompanying publication feature new archival research into Smithson’s practice.