Symposium – A Battery of Ideas: Reading Beuys Today

University of Sydney, May 5th

mage: Joseph Beuys, Overcome party dictatorship now 1971, JW Power collection, The University of Sydney, managed by Museum of Contemporary Art, © Joseph Beuys/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy. Image via University of Sydney Website

This symposium will present various ways of reading Beuys today, from performance art to relational aesthetics. Speakers include Thomas Berghuis, Anthony Bond,

Donna West Brett, Janet Laurence, Bernice Murphy and Tom Nicholson. The symposium will be followed at 4.30pm by the opening of the exhibition Joseph Beuys and the ‘Energy Plan’ in the University Art Gallery.

Date: Saturday 5 May 2012, 2–4.30PM
Venue: Philosophy Room S249, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney

Free Event

Symposium program

2:00 Dr Ann Stephen, Senior Curator, University Art Gallery Welcome

2:05 Donna West Brett (Curator/Art Historian) – ‘Joseph Beuys and Werner Kruger’

2:15 Anthony Bond (Director, Curatorial, The Art Gallery of NSW) – ‘Beuys and his practice’

2:45 Bernice Murphy (Curator and founding director of the MCA) – ‘Beuys in the Power collection’

3:15 Janet Laurence (Artist) – ‘The influence of Beuys on artistic practice’

Dr Thomas Berguis (Art Historian) – ‘Beuys and performance art in Asia’

Dr Tom Nicholson (Art Historian) – ‘Beuys’s performance art/actions’

3.45:    Discussion

4.30:    Exhibition launch, University Art Gallery, War Memorial Arch for official exhibition opening by Anthony Bond


To RSVP please contact the Art Gallery front desk T + 9351 6883 or emil: