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

Undergraduate: “French Art: from Salon the Post-Impressionism” and Modern Art & Film. Postgraduate: Business of Art, Masters of Curating program.

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 -

PhD and master's project opportunities

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]

Original Creative Work

  • 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.

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Brett, D. (2012). Joseph Beuys and the 'Energy Plan'. University Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia: University Art Gallery, University of Sydney.
  • Brett, D. (2010). The stranger's eye. Peloton Gallery, Surry Hills, Australia: Peloton Gallery, Surry Hills.

2013

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

2012

  • Brett, D. (2012). Joseph Beuys and the 'Energy Plan'. University Art Gallery, 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, Surry Hills, 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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