Kiffy Rubbo: Curating the 1970s
Kiffy Rubbo was a dynamic and unique force in Australian art in the 1970s. Under her leadership, the George Paton Gallery, at the University of Melbourne, became a centre for contemporary art, ideas, and discussion. Charismatic and visionary, Rubbo's directorship from 1971 to 1980, alongside assistant director Meredith Rogers, led to the gallery becoming known as a vital, nationally recognised venue, the first institutionally supported experimental art space. Under her radical curatorship, the George Paton Gallery was transformed into a hub for art-political activism. Importantly, it became the home for feminist enterprises such as the Women's Art Movement and the Women's Art Register, as well as publications such as the Art Almanac and Arts Melbourne. Major contemporary artists such as Elizabeth Gower, Stelarc, Peter Tyndall, and Lyndal Jones were early exhibitors at the gallery. Women's and political art, performance and video, photography and sculpture were all showcased by the enthusiastic and supportive Rubbo. With contributions by many significant curators, artists, and critics, Kiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s explores for the first time Rubbo's enduring legacy - and the immense role that she played in nurturing visual-art culture in Australia.
Janine Burke is an author, art historian, curator, and novelist. She has published twenty books including Australian Gothic: A Life of Albert Tucker (2002), The Heart Garden: Sunday Reed and Heide (2004), The Gods of Freud: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection (2006) and Nest: The Art of Birds (2012). Janine won the 1986 Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction. She has been the recipient of residencies and grants including a Monash University Research Fellowship (2009-2013) and an Australia Council for the Arts Established Writers Grant (2014). Janine is Honorary Senior Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.Helen Hughes is Research Curator at Monash University Museum of Art, Assistant Lecturer in Art History and Curatorial Practice, Monash University, and is a co-founder and co-editor of the contemporary art journal, Discipline.