Curator Jon Buckingham and conservator Danielle Measday focus on the different ways the two disciplines approach permanent collections and the challenges of putting together an exhibition.
Taking its name from the Latin meaning 'the essence of a thing', Quiddity (RMIT Gallery, 1 July – 20 August) explores the idea of thinking about artworks as physical objects rather than seeing them as items invested with meaning or expressing emotion.
Quiddity has been produced in collaboration between RMIT Gallery and students from the RMIT Master of Arts Management program. Drawn entirely from the RMIT Art Collection, Quiddityapproaches a materially diverse array of artworks from the perspective of the conservator and the registrar in order to emphasise their physicality, explore the limitations environment and entropy place on their display, and reveal something of their existence outside the context of an exhibition.
About the speakers
Jon Buckingham is the Collection Coordinator for RMIT University's art collection. He is responsible for generating, researching and maintaining records on provenance, intellectual property and the history of RMIT's artworks, and for their ongoing storage and conservation. He facilitates the acquisition of new artworks for the University and project-manages the commissioning and installation of large scale artworks in public spaces. Jon also produces a variety of exhibitions and events from the collection, coordinates the display of works around campus, and organises loans to external institutions.
Danielle Measday is conservator of Natural Sciences for Museum Victoria. Her love of museum conservation began the first time she saw an X-Ray of a painting. She trained as an objects conservator at the University of Melbourne's Masters of Cultural Material Conservation program. She works closely with collection managers, curators and researchers across the zoology, palaeontology and geology fields to find solutions to facilitate access to the collections, and preserve them for the future.
Registration and bookings
RMIT Gallery is located at 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets (Melways reference: 1A J4).
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.