Marilyn Monroe Symposium at ACMI

November 12th, 2016. Venue: The Cube, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Conveners: Dr Sue Gillett and Dr Kevin Brianton, La Trobe University.



In 2016 two blockbuster exhibitions showcasing the life and legacy of Marilyn Monroe were held at Bendigo Art Gallery and MAMA in Albury. A hugely successful subject, Exhibiting Culture: Marilyn, was embedded in these exhibitions and taught in conjunction with the galleries.

Later in 2016, we brought the highlights of Exhibiting Culture: Marilyn to the wider public.  In this Symposium our intention was to go beyond nostalgia, to offer a genuinely contemporary perspective on performance, celebrity and artistic response, as well as to make Marilyn provocative for us in our times.Banner-1-by-Mark-Anderson-use-this-one.jpg

We were  delighted to have secured, as our keynote speaker for this Symposium, the very distinguished teacher and writer, Professor Lois Banner.

As one of the founders of the field of feminist teaching in the US, Banner spent thirty of her years in academia as a history and gender studies teacher at the University of Southern California (USC). Here she helped popularize and expand the gender studies program, mentoring innumerable students in feminist history.

Professor Banner is the author of the most scholarly, authoritative and popular biography of Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn:  The Passion and the Paradox (London and New York, Bloomsbury, 2012).

Other speakers at the Symposium included Bendigo Art Gallery Curatorial Manager, Tansy Curtin, La Trobe University scholars and artists, Sofia Ahlberg, Kevin Brianton, Edgar Burns, Felicity Collins, Sue GillettMargaret Hickey, Terrie Waddell, Francine Rochford, Kristian Haggblom and fashion expert and author, Nicole Jenkins.


Symposium Program

Session 1: Keynote Address 9.30-11.00am
Speaker: Professor Lois Banner

Morning tea: 11.00 – 11.30 am

Session 2: Matters of Performance (11.30am-1.00pm)
Speakers: Felicity Collins; Margaret Hickey; Nicole Jenkins; Sofia Ahlberg

Lunch: 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Session 3: Image, Identity, Icon (2.00-3.30pm)
Speakers: Sue Gillett, Kristian Haggblom, Terrie Waddell, Kevin Brianton

Afternoon tea: 3.30 – 4.00 pm

Session 4: Property, Power, Profession (4.00-5.30pm)
Speakers: Tansy Curtin; Francine Rochford; Edgar Burns

Date: 12 November 2016, 9.30 – 5.30
Location: ACMI, The Cube, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Cost: Full Day Attendance
  1. Standard Fee:
  2. Concession (+ ACMI member):
  3. LTU staff, students, Alumni, students:
  1. $88.00
  2. $66.00
  3. Free
Cost: Per Session
  1. Standard Fee:
  2. Concession (+ ACMI members):
  3. LTU staff, students, Alumni, students:
  1. $22.00
  2. $16.50
  3. Free
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