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The Turbulent Thirties

Sat 16 Sep 17, 10am–1.30pm
NGV Australia, Federation Square
Ground Level

The 1930s in Australia was characterised by both optimism and despair. How did artists engage with the issues of the time?

In a series of illustrated presentations, curators and historians speak on a chosen artwork from Brave New World: Australia 1930s, concluding with a walk through of the exhibition hosted by co-curators Dr Isobel Crombie and Elena Taylor.


Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, NGV
on Max Dupain’s Sunbaker (1938)

Prof Rachel Fensham, Professor of Dance and Theatre, University of Melbourne
on Andre’s Sonia Revid posing against a wall (1934)

Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Sydney Living Museums
on Grace Cossington Smith’s The Bridge in-curve (1930)

Myles Russell-Cook, Curator, Indigenous Art, NGV
on Percy Leason’s Thomas Foster (1934)

Elena Taylor, Curator of Art, University of New South Wales
on Danila Vassilieff’s Street scene with graffiti (1938)