Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘the essence of a thing’, Quiddity (RMIT Gallery, 1 July – 20 August) seeks to unpack the RMIT Art Collection both literally and figuratively. The exhibition explores the idea of thinking about artworks as physical objects rather than seeing them as items invested with meaning or expressing emotion.
Join us on Thursday 7 July from 5.30-6.30 pm when exhibition curator Jon Buckingham and Danielle Measday, Conservator of Natural Sciences, Museum Victoria focus on the different ways the two disciplines approach permanent collections and the challenges of putting together an exhibition.
In Quiddity, works such 19th century Australian artist Hugh Ramsay’s nude (1895) will be displayed in its unrepaired state to highlight the process of conservation. The piece is one of the most notable in RMIT University’s Art Collection and it was damaged an transit with paint flaking off the surface. It is now stabilised and has been specially patched with Japanese paper.
About the speakers
Jon Buckingham is the Collection Coordinator for RMIT University’s art collection. He is responsible for generating, researching and maintaining records on provenance, intellectual property and the history of RMIT’s artworks, and for their ongoing storage and conservation. He facilitates the acquisition of new artworks for the University and project-manages the commissioning and installation of large scale artworks in public spaces. Jon also produces a variety of exhibitions and events from the collection, coordinates the display of works around campus, and organises loans to external institutions.
Danielle Measday is conservator of Natural Sciences for Museum Victoria. Her love of museum conservation began the first time she saw an X-Ray of a painting. She trained as an objects conservator at the University of Melbourne’s Masters of Cultural Material Conservation program. She works closely with collection managers, curators and researchers across the zoology, palaeontology and geology fields to find solutions to facilitate access to the collections, and preserve them for the future.
WHAT: Curator + Conservator in Conversation – Quiddity public program
WHEN: Thursday, 7 July 2016
TIME: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
WHERE: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne
BOOKINGS: Free. Book tickets