Cultivating Modernism: reading the modern garden 1917–1971
Ground floor, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, 14 October 2013 - 31 January 2014
The exhibition ‘Cultivating Modernism: reading the modern garden 1917–71’ showcases Australian garden design during a turbulent period. Displaying original books, journals, prints, and ephemera, the exhibition takes a global view of modernism seen from an Australian perspective. The University of Melbourne Library holds most of the books on display and these chart garden design from the end of the World War One until the dawn of environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s. In between the shift from Europe to America around the pivotal period of World War Two can be traced, with a shift from European functionalism to a more relaxed Californian modernism. To accompany the exhibition, the book Cultivating Modernism: reading the modern garden 1917–71 by curator and author Richard Aitken is to be released.
Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, 7 October - 19 December 2013
This exhibition explores aspects of the Australian experience of the music of Richard Wagner. It embraces both an early performance history of Wagner’s music in Australia, especially Melbourne, and some of the Australian musicians, primarily singers, in whose international careers the music of Richard Wagner resonated. At the centre of the exhibition is a handwritten letter from Richard Wagner (October 1877) to a German-born Melbourne resident admirer, in which he recommends performance in translation for English-speaking audiences. Selections from the early imprints of Wagner scores found in the rare collections of the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library also feature, as do concert and theatre programs, art works and photographs.
Medical History Museum, 2 September 2013 - 2 March 2014
Women were admitted to Melbourne Medical School in 1887, 25 years after the course had commenced but 21 years before women were entitled to vote in Victoria. These first seven female medical students were tenacious, resilient, and visionary; challenging the social values of their day and making major contributions to public health in Victoria. Led by Constance Stone the first woman to register as a doctor in Victoria in 1890 (she had undertaken her medical education in Canada) they went on to establish the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1896. The first hospital established in Australia for the care of women that was managed and staffed by women and one of three internationally. These attributes have been the qualities of many women in medicine over the last 125 years as they have contributed to all aspects of medical practice and research. Women now comprise over 50% of medical graduates. This exhibition celebrates their achievements from 1887 to now.
Grainger Museum, near Gate 13, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne from 27 March 2013
When the Museum opened on 13 December 1938, it contained an intensely personal and largely unedited collection reflective of Grainger's interests across time, place, disciplines, cultures and musical styles. Several years later, Grainger encapsulated his collecting tastes and principles in an observation that 'Most museums, most cultural endeavours, suffer from being subjected to TOO MUCH TASTE... TOO MUCH SELECTION, TOO MUCH SPECIALISATION! What we want ... is ALL-SIDEDNESS, side-lights, cross-references.' The Grainger collection has continued to grow in ways consistent with its founder's legacy and, 75 years on, it is this 'all-sidedness' that is celebrated here in an eclectic selection of objects, each of which has a story to tell.