Certain timeless works of art make us see the world differently. By experiencing famous paintings or sculptures, we can form an idea of what life was like when they were created.
But how much can iconic art teach us about the world today? Taking four historical works as a starting point, our guests make a series of lateral leaps to explore the diversity of the modern world through the prism of classic art.
After a curator from the National Gallery of Victoria places the work in context, three different speakers will explore the tangents that arise, leading the discussion surrounding the piece in new and unexpected directions. The evening concludes with a creative response directly inspired by the artwork itself.
In this instalment, Gary Presland, sport and business journalist Gideon Haigh, musician and comedian Justin Heazlewood (The Bedroom Philosopher) and writer, feminist and ethicist Leslie Cannold will present ideas inspired by John Brack’s Collins St., 5p.m..
Presented by the Wheeler Centre and the NGV.
Gideon Haigh has been a journalist 30 years, published 30 books and edited seven others.
The thinking person’s folk-ruffian, The Bedroom Philosopher (Justin Heazlewood) has the heart of a musician, the brain of a comedian and the face of a hot female character actor.
Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre.
Dr Leslie Cannold’s expertise is gender and inspirational leadership. Her public contributions in these areas have earned her awards for Australian Humanist of the Year and multiple notices as one of Australia’s most influential public intellectuals and women.
Kirsty Grant has worked at the NGV in various capacities; as curator of Australian Prints and Drawings from 1994-2007 and since then as Senior Curator of Australian Art. (rodneyvc)