Members and guests of the AFTV had the pleasure of viewing the NGV’s ‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’ exhibition on Friday 12 May 2017, an event organised by the AFTV under the very capable and tireless leadership of Gretchen Bennett.
After enjoying finger food, drinks and conversation, members and guests were treated, in both French and English, to a chronological and wide-reaching description of Van Gogh’s life and artistic output by Dr Ted Gott.
Dr Gott’s lecture covered many aspects of the artist’s life and was made all the more interesting by interweaving Van Gogh’s correspondence with his brother with some relevant use of his drawings and paintings, especially as they reflected ‘The Seasons’ aspect of the exhibition. The revelation of several generally unknown details about Van Gogh’s personal life, interests and behaviour fascinated his listeners and the frequent use of light-hearted, humorous comments to underscore different aspects of the discussion gave a much-liked highlight to Dr Gott’s presentation. His audience’s enthusiastic response showed how much his work was being valued.
The AFTV's second last Professional Development session for the year was held on the evening of 8 September 2017, with 54 AFTV members and their guests who attended this breath-taking event!
Professor Véronique Duché, A.R Chisholm Professor of French, Convenor of French Studies School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, provided an intricately-researched presentation en français about the 70 years of the House of Dior, launched in 1947. Professor Duché described the fashion, perfumes, shoes and accessories that Christian Dior created in all its finery, from the classical to the modern. She also transported us on a journey through the magnificent House of Dior, with her anecdotal references about the famous fashion designers, who worked at 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and the current Directrice artistique, Maria Grazia Chiuri.