– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection

29 Mar - 31 Jul

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Exhibition

Telling Tales

02 Jun - 09 Oct

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Exhibition

New Romance

30 Jun - 04 Sep

– Learning Events

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Talk

Artists In Conversation

02 Jul, 3.00pm, Level 3: Creative Studios in NCCL

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Lecture

Humanoids and Hybrids: Creepy, Uncanny and Contestable Bodies

03 Jul, 11.00am, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Workshop

Junior Art School

16 Jul, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

Where do artists get their ideas from?

Artist Educators Stephanie & Athena are interviewed by kids about their art practice more

Meeting Jumaadi: MCA Kids Committee

Siobhan learns from artist Jumaadi about his shadow puppet performance The Life and Death of a Shadow more

MCA X PITCH ZINE Digital Zine

The MCA has collaborated with PITCH ZINE to create a digital zine in anticipation for the 9th annual MCA Zine Fair this weekend. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Volume One: MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

The Wandering

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

Director

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Exhibiting Artists

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.

Download the ePublication

The iPad application MCA Publications contains every Museum of Contemporary Art Australia publication, including The Wandering, is now available on the iTunes App Store for free. Download it here.

Exhibition Destinations

2013
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
2014
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

Cover image:
Daniel Crooks
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