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Chris McAuliffe

Position: Professor of Practice-led Research


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Chris McAuliffe joined the School of Art at ANU in 2015. From 2000–2013 he was Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. He taught art history and theory at the University of Melbourne (1988-2000). In 2011-12, he was the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University. Chris has curated exhibitions at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Art Gallery of NSW, include America: Painting a Nation (2013), The Shilo Project (2010) and Jon Cattapan: The Drowned World (2006). He devised the biannual Basil Sellers Art Prize (awarded for contemporary art on the theme of sport) which commenced in 2008. He has served on gallery and museum boards, including the Council of the National Gallery of Victoria. Chris has served on granting and acquisition committees for state and local government and has advised major corporations on art collection development. He has published extensively on Australian art, including monographs on Linda Marrinon (2007) and Jon Cattapan (2008).

Chris McAuliffe’s research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century art (Australia and America) with a focus on earthworks (Robert Smithson), abstract expressionism (Jackson Pollock), art and sport, art and rock music. He is currently a partner in the ARC-funded research project ‘Fringe to Famous’ which examines the crossover between ‘alternative’ and ‘mainstream’ Australian cultural production since the 1980s.

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