I am delighted to introduce The Wandering: Moving images from the MCA Collection. The exhibition presents artworks by leading Australian artists recently acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. It embraces a range of styles, including works made using animation, celluloid and domestic video, and ideas from social politics and representation, through to genetic engineering and virtual environments.
Collecting is one of the Museum’s core functions and plays a key role in its exhibitions, touring projects, educational programs and publications. A key strength of the MCA’s permanent Collection is its holdings of moving image artworks, which continue to expand and develop as artists experiment and extend the creative capacity of the media.
Despite the flexibility of the medium, moving image artworks can be difficult to display because of the equipment and expertise required to present such works. The Wandering developed out of a series of discussions on how the MCA could provide regional audiences with access to film, video and digital works in the Collection. During these conversations the idea of creating a mobile box that could house the equipment required to present moving image artworks was explored. After a year in development, the MCA is excited to launch the ‘black box’ on its maiden voyage.
The Wandering represents an exciting opportunity to present the practices of some of Australia’s most intriguing and inspiring artists to audiences across the country. The exhibition also continues the MCA’s commitment to presenting its Collection of contemporary Australian art to regional audiences.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the artists and their representatives for their support of this special exhibition. I would also like to acknowledge the generosity of the Museum’s supporters, in particular Andrew and Cathy Cameron, Henry Ergas, and Julian and Stephanie Grose whose donations and gifts to the MCA Collection are presented in this exhibition. I extend my sincere thanks to Simon and Catriona Mordant, and Michelle Coe and the late David Coe, whose extraordinary belief and commitment to the MCA enabled us to develop the Collection in exciting new ways.
Finally, I would like to thank the Australia Council for the Arts and the Visions of Australia Contemporary Touring Initiative for their support of this touring exhibition.
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Featuring works by 15 leading artists: Vernon Ah Kee, Peter Alwast, Lauren Brincat, Daniel Crooks, Hayden Fowler, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Todd McMillan, Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Piccinini, Grant Stevens, Daniel von Sturmer and Christian Thompson.
|Ararat Regional Gallery||14 March – 14 April|
|Cairns Regional Gallery||26 April – 23 June|
|Glasshouse Port Macquarie||4 July – 25 August|
|Artspace Mackay||1 September – 19 October|
|Devonport Regional Art Gallery||1 November – 8 December|
|Rockhampton Art Gallery||7 February – 24 March|
|Emerge Media Space, James Cook University||21 April – 12 May|
|ANU Drill Hall Gallery||22 May – 29 June|
|Wollongong City Gallery||11 July – 31 August|
Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement) 2009–10
single-channel digital video, sound
Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Andrew and Cathy Cameron, 2011
Image courtesy and © the artist