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Making Modernism in Art and Poetry

Date: Saturday 20 May 2017
Time: 9.30am–12.30pm
Venue: Cinema B, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

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Taking its cue from QAGOMA’s exhibition 'O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism', this seminar will explore some of the key impulses of Australian and American modernism, focusing in particular upon feminist and environmental uses of visual and literary aesthetics, upon the intersections between painting and poetry, and upon the relation of art to emotion. We will begin by examining the radical interventions of Margaret Preston, Georgia O’Keeffe and, later, Eva Hesse, who actively shaped the avant-garde protocols of modernist and minimalist visual aesthetics. We will then turn to the literature of twentieth-century Australia and America, focusing upon the visual palettes of poets Judith Wright, A. D. Hope and Marianne Moore. The seminar will consist of a series of talks, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.


  • Dr Catriona Moore (The University of Sydney)
  • Dr Sue Best (Griffith University)
  • Dr Tom Bristow (The University of Melbourne)
  • Xanthe Ashburner (The University of Queensland)
  • Sushma Griffin (The University of Queensland)

The seminar is free, and will count toward CPD targets for secondary teachers of Visual Arts and English. Tertiary students are also very welcome to register. The registration package includes entry to the exhibition 'O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism', a tea/coffee voucher and, for teachers, a certificate of participation.

Presented by The University of Queensland Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.


Image: Georgia O’Keeffe, USA 1887–1986 / Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory 1938 / Oil on canvas / 50.8 x 76.2cm / Gift of The Burnett Foundation (2007.01.024) / Collection: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum