20 September 2014 – 22 February 2015
Lindy Lee’s work came to prominence in the 1980s and has evolved in tandem with key developments in Australian art, including the turn towards Asia. The first major survey of this artist’s practice, the exhibition explores Lee’s acclaimed early photocopy work, and the work that evolved following her embrace of Buddhism and her Chinese heritage. Also included are recent works in which she employs pyrographic techniques to evoke the infinity of the universe, and compositions comprising flung bronze. Works have been sourced from a range of public and private collections.
A fully illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition and includes essays by Associate Professor Rex Butler, Damian Smith and curator Michele Helmrich, as well as an interview with Lindy Lee conducted by Suhanya Raffel.
Visitor photography (without tripod, flash or zoom lens) is encouraged in this exhibition. Share your visit on social media.
Curator: Michele Helmrich
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
- Watch Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom on Vimeo
Friday 19 September 6.15 for 6.30pm
to be opened by
Dr Michael Brand
Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Friday 19 September 5.00 – 6.00pm
Before the opening, please join Michele Helmrich in conversation with Lindy Lee
Saturday 20 September 12.30– 3.00pm
Zen Buddhist Lindy Lee will conduct a zazen (seated) and a kinhin (walking) meditation session in the exhibition. Visitors are invited to follow and observe the artist, but are requested to remain silent. The meditation session will be preceded by a Q&A with the artist from 12.30 –1.00pm. Presented as part of the UQ Arts and Heritage Day program.
Thursday 25 September 6.00 – 7.00pm
Please join artist Lindy Lee and Senshin Soen Sa (Zen Master) from the Queensland Zen Centre in a conversation about Artistic practice and mindfulness.
View and order the publicaiton here
30 August – 30 November 2014
The year 2014 marks the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Dürer’s engraving Melencolia I 1514. Taking its cue from the engraving, the exhibition explores five centuries of melancholy in art. From the Renaissance onward, melancholy has been invoked as a condition, perspective, and/or mood; melancholy has inhabited figures, objects and landscapes. In addition to Dürer, the international artists include Francisco Goya, Fabien Mérelle, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Jusepe Ribera, Odilon Redon and Bill Viola, along with contemporary Australian artists such as Rick Amor, Tony Clark, Destiny Deacon, Bill Henson and Tracey Moffatt. Artworks are drawn from national and state institutions, and regional, university and private collections.
Curator: Dr Andrea Bubenik
Presented in partnership with the UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100 – 1800).
View and purchase the exhibition catalogue here
- Download images for news and review here
- Download media kit here
- View UQ News story here
- Listen to curator Dr Andrea Bubenik on ABC Radio National here
- Listen to Michael Anne Holly and Andrea Bubenik on ABC Radio National Books and Arts Daily here
Friday 29 August 6.15 for 6.30pm
to be opened by
Michael Ann Holly
Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor
Clark Art Institute, Williams College, Massachusetts
Friday 29 August 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Before the opening, please join exhibition curator Dr Andrea Bubenik in conversation with Professor Michael Ann Holly and Professor Keith Moxey.
Professor Michael Ann Holly is the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor, Williams College, Massachusetts. Her publications include The Melancholy Art (2013).
Professor Keith Moxey is the Barbara Novak Professor of Art History, Columbia University, New York. His publications include Visual Time: The Image in History (2013).
- Listen to the conversation here
Saturday 30 August 10.00am – 3.30pm
The Melancholic Imagination: A Continuing Professional Development Seminar
In association with the exhibition Five Centuries of Melancholia, please join us for a program of talks and readings that explore how melancholy has shaped the creative imagination from Dürer’s time to ours. What is melancholy, and how has this emotion been represented in visual art, music, film, theatre and poetry? Is melancholy a private state of mind, or can the term be used more broadly, to indicate a mode of understanding, a way of structuring experience?
Tuesday 2 September 5.00pm
Museum Hours (Cohen 2012) film screening 106 mins
Set around Vienna's venerable Kunsthistorisches Museum, Museum Hours uses the burgeoning connection between Johann (Bobby Sommer), a museum guard, and Anne (Mary Margaret O'Hara), a lonely visitor from the US, to explore the relationship between art, the cityscape, and their lives.
- Watch the trailer here
Thursday 4 September 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Histories of Melancholia panel discussion
This panel of scholars will discuss recent critical approaches to the role of melancholy in art and literature. Chaired by Professor Peter Holbrook, with Dr Andrea Bubenik, A/Prof Rex Butler, and Dr Lisa O’Connell. Presented as part of the 2014 Brisbane Writers Festival.
- Listen to the discussion here
Sunday 28 September 2.00pm – 3.00pm
The Badinerie Players perform John Dowland’s ‘Seven Lachrimae Pavans’ on original instruments of the baroque period.
Find out more here
Wednesday 22 October 6.00pm
History of Emotions Lecture 2014: Professor Laurinda Dixon A privileged profession: artists and melancholia. Presented in partnership with the UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100–1800).
Tuesday 25 November 6.00pm
Public lecture: Assistant Professor Drew Daniel, Department of English, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Presented by the UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100–1800).