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Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850-1935



Power Institute of Art, University of Sydney
By Erika Esau
US$59.95, A$59.95
ISBN 9780909952396

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          Hist 89 2      Gary Kurutz, emeritus librarian California State Library,
provides the first serious review in a U.S. journal, California History

Robert Dixon mentions my themes (itinerancy, reproducibility and portability) in his
review in AAANZ Journal of Art.

This review by my old colleague Sasha Grishin means alot to me!  Canberra Times Sasha_Review

Here's a really nice review in
Library Journal,
April 15, 2011, by a librarian at Berkeley Public Library.  

Despite coping with the effects of the Brisbane
flood, Prue Ahrens wrote this review
for the  Journal of Design History:  dh

Roy Lumby's wonderful review in Architecture Bulletin:  Review p 1Review p 2



Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6:00pm: State Library.
Maybe the first of some more lectures!  This one coming shortly in Sacramento at the State Library, part of its Food For Thought: Thinking and Talking at the California State Library.  The doors open at 5:00pm for a 6:00pm start. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 12:00 noon: Huntington Library: "In Conversation"  poster

Fulbright Scholar and art historian Erika Esau has just published Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850-1935 (Power Publications) on the aesthetic connections between Australia and the American West. From gold rush photography to Spanish style houses, the absorption of images into the everyday life of these “new” Western societies constructed distinctive cultural iconographies and helped to create a sense of place based upon a shared ocean and climate. Esau works presently as librarian at LACMA’s Rifkind Center of German Expressionist Studies.

This conservation is part of a brown bag luncheon series sponsored by ICW. The event is open to any who wish to attend, and a limited number of lunches will be available upon a first  come/first served basis. To reserve a seat, please respond to Kim Matsunaga at by March 25.

Previous Lectures:

Saturday, March 12, 2011, 4:00 pm. : Friends of The Gamble House lecture, Art Center School of Design, Pasadena : "The Transcontinental Bungalow: From Pasadena to Australia" :  The Gamble House and Art Center College of Design folks were kind enough to have taped the lecture.  (In a couple of days we'll have figured out how to edit the MP3 files into a single play, until then, I'm afraid you'll have to click to start each 5 minute section:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.) 

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 6:30 p.m.:  Lecture for the American Arts Council, LACMA,
Brown Auditorium, LACMA:  "California Discoveries".  Mostly my local friends came to hear me. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 11:30am for noon: Annual Luncheon Celebrating the Signing of the Treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo, Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco"California Discoveries". 


Send a note if you'd like -- Contact Erika Esau




I wish you all could have been there:

  Roger   E signing   E and   bar

Power Publications' launch of Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850-1935
7pm Thursday 4 November 2010, Schaeffer Library, The University of Sydney

Launched by Robert Dixon, Professor of Australian Literature, University of Sydney.
I gave a public lecture in the Mills Lecture Theatre that immediately preceded the book launch.

Listen to my interview by Alan Saunders on ABC radio's By Design (2 November 2010)

                Barbara library by Padraic Ryan Sydney
                and Melbourne buildings Canberra


The Power has produced the flier for the book!  Here's the pdf.



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AUSTRALIA TOUR,  23 February-21 March 2010

Thanks to everyone who made the speaking tour so delightful! 

Tuesday, 2 March, RAIA (NSW) at Tusculum, Sydney, 6: 30 p.m.:  "The California Bungalow:  Pasadena to Australia"

Wednesday, 3 March, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Design Department, 12:30-1:30 p.m.:  "Images of the Pacific Rim:  How Fruitbox Labels Changed Commercial Art" 
invite (What a nice invitation!  Click for the image larger below.)

Friday, 5 March, 20th Century Heritage Society of NSW, Mitchell Theatre, Mechanics School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney, 6 p.m.:  "From Hollywood to Sydney:  Spanish Style Architecture in Australia"

Tuesday, 9 March, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, noon:  "Rain, The City, and the Picturesque:  Charles Conder, William Smedley, and Artistic Exchange in the 1880s".  The NGA's announcement is in its Calendar.   G boards a bus to a flight from Sydney at 4:00 and lands in Los Angeles at 4:00.

Wednesday, 10 March, University of Canberra/Australian National University, University of Canberra, building 12 B 50, 6:30 p.m.:  "The Bungalow in California and Australia"

Thursday, 11 March, Art Forum, Art School, Australian National University, Canberra, noon:  "Early Photographic Exchange between California and Australia:  Some Discoveries"

Wednesday, 17 March, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, noon:  "Bret Harte and Euchre in the Bush".  G, to little effect, pretends to be especially sad and lonely because on their 36th anniversary E was away.

Thursday, 18 March
, Art Deco Society, Melbourne, Yarra Yarra Golf Club, 7:45 p.m.:  "Hollywood Comes to Australia:  Spanish Style Architecture 1918-1935"

Friday, 19 March, Faculty of Architecture, Melbourne University, in association with the Heritage Council of Victoria, Sisalkraft Theatre, Architecture Building, Melbourne University, 6 p.m.:  "Australia and California, 1850-1935" (drinks from 5.30).  G almost starves to death rather than die of hunger trying to get soul-food from a local take-away.

Saturday, 20 March, El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 5:30 p.m.: Ermalinda and George pretend to not communicate again while she cleans the house.

Sunday, 21 March, Virgin Air, Sydney to Los Angeles, 4:00 pm to 5:00pm: Erika's return trip.  G gets to drive her home.

University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Design Department, 3 March, noon

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