Dr Donna Brett

BA (Visual Arts) UniSA, MA (Art History) Sydney, PhD Sydney
Lecturer

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 0552

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Biographical details

Donna West Brett is Lecturer, Modern Art, an art historian, art museum professional and independent curator. Areas of expertise include the history and theory of photography, modernism, international contemporary art, cold war visual culture, postcolonial theory, curatorial and museological practice & theory. Brett has extensive experience in facilitating events and research flora resulting in art museum and tertiary collaboration. She has taught the history of photography, modern art and film, and international contemporary art at the undergraduate and postgraduate coursework level as well as supervision of Honours and Masters students. Peer-reviewed publications in Memory Connection and Photographies. Curated exhibitions include Joseph Beuys and the ‘Energy Plan’, University of Sydney 2012 and The stranger’s eye, Peloton, 2010. She is currently writing a book on German photography & place after 1945 and is a member of the editorial committee & reviews editor for the Australian & NZ Journal of Art.

Research interests

  • History and theory of photography
  • Modernism
  • International contemporary art
  • Cold war visual culture
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Curatorial and museological practice & theory

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • ARHT2662: Photography: Image and Document
  • ARHT3662: Debating Photography
  • ARHT 2614: Pollock to Psychedelia
  • ARHT3614: Expand Your Mind: Debating Modernism
  • ARHT5908: The Business of Art

Supervision

Dr Brett supervises Honours or Masters students in the field of German art, contemporary art and photography.

Current projects

  • The Cold War camera
  • Reception of European modernist photography in America from 1930-1950
  • Impact of the Cold War on artistic exchange

Associations

Editorial

  • Australian and NZ Journal of Art editorial committee and reviews editor 2013-2016
  • Managing editor: ANZJA 2014 issue 1: ‘Abstract Expressionism: Action. Painting. Now’. Lead editor, Professor Roger Benjamin
  • Co-Editor with Jacqueline Millner: ANZJA 2014 Issue 2: Open Issue

Committee Member

  • Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art, Editorial Committee and Reviews Editor, 2013 -
  • AICA Australia, Association of International Art Critics, 2009 -

Professional Membership

  • Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art, Editorial Committee and Reviews Editor, 2013 -
  • AICA Australia, Association of International Art Critics, 2009 -

Conference Convening

  • Together<>Apart, AAANZ annual conference, co-convenor with A/Professor Susan Best and Dr Ann Stephen, University of Sydney, National Art School and AGNSW, July 2012

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Photography and Place: Seeing and Not Seeing Germany After 1945; Brett D; University of Sydney/Research Support Scheme.
  • Exile and Erasure: Forgetting Ilse Bing; Brett D; University of Sydney/Faculty Research Incubator.
  • Thomas Demand and Hitlers Photographer; Brett D; University of Sydney/Art History Article Submission Support Scheme.

2013

  • Career Development Scholarship; Brett D; Copyright Agency Cultural Fund/Creative Industries Career Fund.

2010

  • Travel Scholarship; Brett D; DAAD German Academic Exchange Service/Travel Scholarship.

2007

  • German Language Scholarship for Arts Professionals; Brett D; Goethe Institute Australia/German Language Scholarship for Arts Professionals.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Brett, D., Shelton, A. (2011). The Event Horizon: Returning "After the Fact". Memory Connection.
  • Brett, D. (2010). The Uncanny Return: Documenting Place in Post-war German Photography. Photographies, 3(1), 7-22. [More Information]

Textual Creative Works

  • Brett, D. (2014). Coen Young. William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, Australia: William Wright Artists Projects. [More Information]
  • Brett, D. (2013). Mike Hewson. Breathing Room, (pp. 16 - 17). Sydney, Australia: MOP Gallery.
  • Brett, D. (2010). The stranger's eye, (pp. 1 - 10). Surry Hills, Australia: Peloton Inc.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Brett, D., Nolan, T. (2012). Ann Shelton: In a Forest. Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia.
  • Brett, D. (2012). Joseph Beuys and the 'Energy Plan'. Sydney, Australia: University Art Gallery, University of Sydney.
  • Brett, D. (2010). The Stranger's Eye. Peloton Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia: Peloton Gallery, Surry Hills.

2014

  • Brett, D. (2014). Coen Young. William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, Australia: William Wright Artists Projects. [More Information]

2013

  • Brett, D. (2013). Mike Hewson. Breathing Room, (pp. 16 - 17). Sydney, Australia: MOP Gallery.

2012

  • Brett, D., Nolan, T. (2012). Ann Shelton: In a Forest. Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia.
  • Brett, D. (2012). Joseph Beuys and the 'Energy Plan'. Sydney, Australia: University Art Gallery, University of Sydney.

2011

  • Brett, D., Shelton, A. (2011). The Event Horizon: Returning "After the Fact". Memory Connection.

2010

  • Brett, D. (2010). The stranger's eye, (pp. 1 - 10). Surry Hills, Australia: Peloton Inc.
  • Brett, D. (2010). The Stranger's Eye. Peloton Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia: Peloton Gallery, Surry Hills.
  • Brett, D. (2010). The Uncanny Return: Documenting Place in Post-war German Photography. Photographies, 3(1), 7-22. [More Information]

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