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Sporting Life

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

16 August to 5 November 2000

Artists:

Sylvie Blocher, Roderick Buchanan, Elmgreen & Dragset, Alain Fleischer, Richard Grayson, Martyn Jolly, Rosemary Laing, Tracey Moffatt, David Noonan/Simon Trevaks, Patricia Piccinini, Scott Redford/Chris Garrett, Dan Shipsides, Uri Tzaig, Anneke in’t Veld, Marijke van Warmerdam, Anne Zahalka

Curator:

Rachel Kent

About the exhibition

Sporting Life featured the work of 19 contemporary Australian and international artists whose work explored ideas about rules and competition, the athletic body and the relationship between sporting and cultural institutions. Bending or rewriting the rules of the game, extending and re-defining the limits of the body, and re-figuring the museum’s architecture to bring the outdoors inside and vice versa, formed recurrent themes. The works in Sporting Life reflected the complicated interconnection of art, sport and the everyday and encompassed a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and electronic forms.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sports Hall of Fame was developed by Colin and Paul Tatz, co-authors of Black Gold: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sports Hall of Fame, a pictorial history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sporting achievements. The Hall comprised 70 large scale black and white photographic portraits selected from Black Gold and gave the images a physical home during and beyond the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

The Sporting Life Trophy Room showcased the diverse sporting achievements of Australians at the turn of the century. Young and old, professional and amateur, the people of Sydney and regional New South Wales formed the focus of this space. From high school athletics to rock n’ roll dancing, soccer to nude golf, trophies ranged from the every day to the unusual and the eccentric. The stories behind each trophy, how they were won, and what they meant to the recipient, were presented as short texts for viewers to read. Every week during the exhibition, additional trophies were added to the display.

Sporting Life was an official event in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Rosemary Laing
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