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2021 Margaret Plant Annual Lecture in Art History

Tuesday 7 September, 6.30–8pm (AEST)
Live via Zoom

‘Who Am I Here?’: Diasporic Reflections on Settler Colonialism, Nation and Planet
Ming Tiampo

Join us for Monash University’s annual Margaret Plant Lecture in Art History for 2021, ‘“Who Am I Here?”: Diasporic Reflections on Settler Colonialism, Nation and Planet’, presented by Ming Tiampo, Professor of Art History and co-director of the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

This lecture takes the question ‘who am I here?’, posed by artist Jin-me Yoon, as a starting point for thinking through diaspora as a method to reflect upon key questions of colonialism, nation and planet. By engaging with histories of colonialism, militarism and extractivism in Korea and Canada, Yoon’s work creates transversal links between the two contexts that enable multiple scales of analysis through her relationship to place across living time, intergenerational time and geological time. Foregrounding Yoon’s expansive formal, political and existential artistic project, this lecture asks questions about living relationally in troubled times.

Ming Tiampo will be introduced by Dr Rex Butler, Professor of Art History & Theory, Monash Art, Design and Architecture. Her lecture will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Dr Michelle Antoinette, Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Art History & Theory, Monash Art, Design and Architecture.

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About the Speaker

Ming Tiampo is Professor of Art History and co-director of the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She is interested in transcultural models and histories that provide new structures for understanding and reconfiguring the global. She has published on Japanese modernism, global modernisms and diaspora. Tiampo’s book Gutai: Decentering Modernism (University of Chicago Press, 2011) received an honourable mention for the Robert Motherwell Book award. In 2013, she was co-curator with Alexandra Munroe of the AICA award-winning Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Her current book projects include Transversal Modernisms: The Slade School of Fine Art, which reimagines transcultural intersections through global microhistory; Intersecting Modernisms,a collaborative sourcebook on global modernisms; and Jin-me Yoon,an Art Canada Institute book on the diasporic Korean-Canadian artist. Tiampo is an associate member at ICI Berlin, a member of the advisory board of Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational, a fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art on the London, Asia project, and a founding member of TrACE (Transnational and Transcultural Arts and Culture Exchange), where she co-leads its Worlding Public Cultures project.

About Margaret Plant and the Annual Lecture in Art History

Margaret Plant is Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts at Monash University. Plant began her teaching career at the University of Melbourne in 1962 as a tutor in the Department of Fine Arts. She then accepted an appointment at RMIT University in 1968 as Senior Lecturer in the History of Art—the first academic appointment of an art historian within an Australian art school. Plant has a long and distinguished association with Monash University as Professor of Visual Arts (1982–96) and Emeritus Professor from 1996 onward.

The Margaret Plant Annual Lecture in Art History was established at Monash University in 2018. Previous speakers include Christina Barton (writer, editor, educator and Director, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington) and James Meyer (Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington). In 2021, the Lecture is hosted by the Art History & Theory program in the Department of Fine Art, Monash Art, Design and Architecture, in coordination with the Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.

Monash Art History & Theory Speakers

Dr Rex Butler is an art historian, writer and Professor, Art History & Theory at Monash Art, Design and Architecture. His research interests include Australian art and art criticism, post-war American art and critical theory. He recently completed the book Outside In: 10 Essays on UnAustralian Art (Power Publications, 2020) with ADS Donaldson and Stanley Cavell and the Arts (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020). He is currently editing a collection on the Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo and another on the documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer. He is the author or editor of eleven books, including What is Appropriation? (1996), Jean Baudrillard: The Defence of the Real (1999), A Secret History of Australian Art (2002), Slavoj Zizek: Live Theory (2005), Radical Revisionism (2005), Borges’ Short Stories: A Reader’s Guide (2010) and Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy?: A Reader’s Guide (2015).

Dr Michelle Antoinette is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Art History & Theory at Monash University, Melbourne. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Asian art histories, especially contemporary art histories of Southeast Asia and their intersections with globalisation. She is also deeply interested in the contributions of Asian-Australian artists to both Asian and Australian art histories. Michelle previously held research and teaching positions at the Australian National University, Canberra, where she was Convenor and Lecturer for courses on Asian and Pacific art and museums. She has held major Australian Research Council Fellowships researching developments in contemporary Asian art and museums: ‘The Rise of New Cultural Networks in Asia in the Twenty-First Century’ (DP1096041) and the ARC DECRA project ‘Asian Art Publics’ (DE170100455). Her significant publications include Reworlding Art History: Encounters with Contemporary Southeast Asian Art after 1990 (Brill/Rodopi, 2014) and with Caroline Turner, Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making (ANU Press, 2014). In 2019, with Wulan Dirgantoro, she co-curated the exhibition Shaping Geographies: Art / Woman / Southeast Asia, Gajah Gallery, Singapore. In 2020, she was co-editor with Francis Maravillas of the special issue of World Art, ‘Contemporary Art Worlds and Art Publics in Southeast Asia’.

Acknowledgements

The Margaret Plant Annual Lecture in Art History is coordinated by the Art History & Theory program in the Department of Fine Art, Monash Art, Design and Architecture and the Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA.

Image: Jin-me Yoon, Living Time, 2019, diptych #5, unmounted inkjet prints over-matted with custom Western hemlock frame, 2 parts, each 66.4 x 76.5 x 3.8 cm. Collection of the artist