The University of Sydney
MARCH 2012
Welcome to your first newsletter for 2012!

Starting off the year we have many exciting news articles covering the recent activities of the Power Institute, for our alumni and friends. We are also very proud to present a number of diverse events that make up the first part of this year's program. Of particular significance for the Power is our 50th anniversary celebration, and we do hope to see many of our alumni, friends and extended family at this festive gathering on May 1 which will mark the beginning of a busy year of exhibitions and events.

In addition to the anniversary event, we have a lot more to tell you in this very full edition of the Newsletter. We hope you'll enjoy reading it, and we look forward to keeping you updated on ongoing alumni activities and upcoming programs exploring contemporary ideas in the visual arts.

Kind regards,
Professor Mark Ledbury | Director, Power Institute
John Clark's Asian Modernities wins 2011 AANZ Book Prize
Asian Modernities, written by Professor John Clark, and published by Power Publications in 2010, has been awarded the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand’s 2011 Best Book Prize. Read more
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Getty Foundation funds South-East Asian art research
The histories of modern art in South-East Asia will be supported by a new partnership with the Getty Foundation in an exciting new initiative. Read more
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New Publication series: Power Polemics
The Power Institute is delighted to announce major support for a new series of books to be produced by Power Publications over the next five years. Read more
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International Recognition for Department
A 2012 Clark fellowship has been awarded to Professor Roger Benjamin of the Department of Art History and Film Studies.
Read more
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The Power Institute joins RIHA
The Power Institute has joined RIHA, the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art. Read more
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Picasso at Large
Saturday, March 3 | 9.30am - 4.30pm
The Power Institute and Art Gallery of NSW invite you to the symposium Picasso at Large, presented in conjunction with the current exhibition: Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée. Read more
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Retirement Party for John Spencer and Peter Wright
Thursday, March 8 | 6pm
Join us to celebrate the achievements of retiring Schaeffer librarians John and Peter. Read more
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Old Art New Ideas: Keith Moxey and Michael Holly
Tuesday, March 20 | 6pm
The Power Institute is pleased to partner with Sydney Ideas to present a conversation with two pioneers of 'the new art history'.
Read more
"All at sea" piracy, the Indian Ocean and Art History
Friday, March 23 | 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Convened by Kavita Singh and organised and supported by The Power Institute with the Clark Institute, this symposium brings together a distinguished group of art historians and anthropologists to discuss India and the Indian Ocean. Read more
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Special Guest research Seminar by Shelly Errington
Thursday, March 29 | 4.00pm - 6.00pm
This seminar by preeminent anthropologist Shelly Errington will explore her current project 'Aboriginal Art and Kitsch'. Read more
Power Institute 50th Anniversary Alumni Gathering
Tuesday May 1 | 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Join fellow alumni from all generations in the MacLaurin Hall, to celebrate 50 years of the Power Institute and its continuing importance to the culture of Sydney and Australia. Read more
The Beuys Effect: What does Beuys mean now
Saturday, May 5 | 2.00pm - 4.30pm
This afternoon Symposium convened by the University Art Gallery and the Power Institute, will run in conjunction with the current exhibition Joseph Beuys and the Energy Project. Read more
The Legacies of Bernard Smith
Melbourne: Fri, Sep 20 + Sat 21 | Sydney: Fri, Nov 9 + Sat 10
To explore and celebrate the late Bernard Smith's work and its legacy, the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, together with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, are convening an international symposium and are currently calling for abstract paper. Read more
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New Foundation Council Members
The Power Institute is proud to announce three new board members for the Foundation Council. Read more
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Roger Benjamin and Anita Callaway in Japan
Two Department members recently took part in a cross cultural exchange workshop with the Tsukuba University. Read more
Changing of the guard at Schaeffer Library
The Power Institute bids farewell to Peter Wright and John Spencer, and welcomes Nicholas Keyzer and Tony Green. Read more
Vale Bernard Smith
The Power Institute honours the late Bernard Smith, historian, academic and former Director of the Power Institute 1967-1977.
Read more
In Memoriam, Frank MacDonald
The Power Institute is sad to pass on the news of the death of influential arts figure Frank MacDonald. Read more
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Refracting Vision: Essays on the writings of Michael Fried
Edited by Jill Beaulieu, Mary Roberts and Toni Ross
This 2000 publication is once more available, and brings together a range of scholarly responses to Fried's art criticism, art history and poetry. Find out more
How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary Art
Edited by Ian McLean and co-published with the IMA
Featuring 96 authors, this is the first anthology to chronicle the global critical reception of Aboriginal art since the early 1980's, when the art world began to understand it as contemporary. Find out more
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