Sidelights and cross-references: 75 years of the Grainger Museum
A floor talk presented by curators Brian Allison and Astrid Krautschneider
Monday 20 May 2013
Grainger Museum curators Brian Allison and Astrid Krautschneider discuss how this landmark exhibition was developed conceptually and highlight some of the stories behind the collection items on display.
Grainger Museum, Gate 13, University of Melbourne
Talk commences at 2:15pm. Admission is free.
'A Wayward Girl': the early life of Ella Grainger
An illustrated lecture by Monica Syrette
Sunday 2 June, 2.30pm
Ella Viola Ström, Percy Grainger's future wife was born outside Stockholm in 1889 and left Sweden in 1907, seeking a life of adventure. She attended Slade Art School and ateliers in Paris, and was to move in a social circle that included leading artists, literary figures and bohemian members of the aristocracy. She also had two very influential lovers.
Monica Syrette, Assistant Curator at the Grainger Museum, has been researching Ella Grainger's life for a number of years. This talk will present a fascinating insight into a creative woman who was determined to live life on her own terms.
Archiving Grainger; or Flaubert's parrot, memory death and mal d'archive
An illustrated lecture by Michael Piggott
Sunday 25 August
Formerly Manager, Cultural Collections and University Archivist at the University of Melbourne, Michael Piggott is now retired though remains engaged in professional and scholarly projects. He wrote for the inaugural issue of Grainger Studies; an Interdisciplinary Journal (2011) and recently published Australia's first archives monograph Archives and Societal Provenance: Australian Essays (Chandos, 2012) which included chapters on "An archival afterlife" and "Recordkeeping and recordari: listening to Percy Grainger". Drawing on these themes, the lecture will share reflections prompted by Grainger's obsessive self-documenting, its meanings and multiple repercussions.
Andrew Robson Quintet
Sunday 20 October, 2.30pm
Andrew Robson is an award winning alto saxophone player and composer. He will be performing his arrangements of songs collected by Grainger from Lincolnshire folk singer, Joseph Taylor, in ensemble with trombone, harmonium, double bass and drums. He has previously recorded his arrangements of hymns by Thomas Tallis on the ABC Classics label. Robson's CD, Lingua Franca, won Best Independent Jazz Album 2009.