Art of Emotion



Free

This program takes place virtually

Booking recommended

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9am–5pm, daily

Our experience of art goes beyond aesthetics and theory, tapping into our emotional and sensory responses and reflecting what we see into how we feel. NGV curators with guests share their favourite works from the NGV Collection that they turn to for hope, that bring a sense of joy, that bring us back to the present moment and bring a calming influence on our minds.

Information for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing 

Thu 22 Oct, 2–2.45pm (Past)

In a rapid-paced and screen-based world, how can art challenge us to make space to be more present?

Responding to Sandra Selig’s heart of the air you can hear, which uses subtle materials to draw attention to the ephemeral and intangible notions of air and space, NGV curator Jane Devery speaks with the artist about how presence can sometimes be felt through absence, and the emotions evoked by Selig’s poetic installations.

Speakers
Jane Devery, Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV
Sandra Selig, Artist

This talk will be delivered online. To receive a reminder please register your attendance.

Ten minutes before the start time you can access the event here: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs-events/art-of-emotion-presence/

Thu 5 Nov, 2–2.45pm
Balance

How can the form and proportion of an object create a sense of balance?

NGV Curator Amanda Dunsmore discusses a classical Greek vase, the amphora, a form which has remained a reference point from antiquity to the present day. Draftsman and ceramist Shane Kent shares a work in the NGV Collection that inspires balance and reflects on how balance and proportion informs his own creative practice.

Speakers
Amanda Dunsmore, Senior Curator, International Decorative Arts & Antiquities, NGV
Shane Kent, Ceramist

This talk will be delivered online. To receive a reminder please register your attendance.

Ten minutes before the start time you can access the event here: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs-events/art-of-emotion-balance

Fri 13 Nov, 2–2.45pm
Melancholy

‘I like to think that there’s a laugh and a tear in each picture’ – Destiny Deacon

NGV Curator Myles Russell-Cook explores melancholy through the art of Destiny Deacon whose work sits in the uncomfortable yet compelling space halfway between comedy and tragedy. Offering a nuanced, thoughtful and, at times, intensely funny snapshot of contemporary Australian life, Deacon uses dark comedy to expose uncomfortable truths.

Presented as part of NAIDOC Week.

Speaker
Myles Russell-Cook, Curator, Indigenous Art, NGV

This talk will be delivered online. To receive a reminder please register your attendance.

Ten minutes before the start time you can access the event here: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs-events/art-of-emotion-melancholy/

Talks and discussions Antiquities Indigenous NGV Collection Virtual