Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
5 September to 30 November 2003
Laurence Aberhart, Peter Atkins, Hany Armanious, Bruce Armstrong, Joseph Beuys, Barbara Bloom, Peter Booth, Janet Brosious, Vincent Butron, Tony Clark, Aleks Danko, Tony Danyala, Juan Davila, John Dhurrikayu, Jessica Diamond, Tony Djikululu, Julie Dowling, Marcel Duchamp, Mikala Dwyer, Phillip Faulks, Elisabeth Frink, Rosalie Gascoigne, Joan Grounds, Bill Henson, Jim Hodges, Rebecca Horn, Tim Johnson, On Kawara, Christopher Le Brun, Lindy Lee, Sol LeWitt, Wally Lipuwanga, Hilarie Mais, David Malangi (Daymirringu), Jacky Manbarrarra, Norman Mangawila, Mary Ellen Mark, Anne-Marie May, Linda Marrinon, Maix Mayer, Michael Mundiny, Fred Nanganharralil, Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmira, Sidney Nolan, Susan Norrie, Michelle Nikou, John Nixon, Brian Nyinawanga, Robin Page, Mike Parr, Giancarlo Pancaldi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Sweeney Reed, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Vivienne Shark LeWitt, Lorna Simpson, Tommy Stevens Tjakamarra, Imants Tillers, Ken Unsworth, Todd Watts, Ken Whisson, Jenny Watson, Christine Webster, Guan Wei, Lawrence Weiner, Dennis Wilcox, Jimmy Wululu, Kallie Yalkarriwuy, William Yang, John Young
MCA Unpacked II saw six Australian artists invited to choose works from the MCA collection which were meaningful to them and reflective of their own artistic practice. Bruce Armstrong, Julie Dowling, Joan Grounds, Michelle Nikou, Ken Unsworth and William Yang selected the works in this exhibition. The wide range of arts practices and experience in this group brought a variety of focuses to the collection. These selections profiled work in stimulating and unusual ways, relating them to the practices of other artists and the social, political and aesthetic concerns of the time. In order to fully appreciate these connections, the selection panel was also invited to include one of their own works.
With no curatorial restrictions placed upon the selectors for MCA Unpacked II, each artist’s display varied in its style, theme and presentation. Essays by each artist outlined their approach to the selection process, describing which works they selected and why. From art storage to gallery floor, MCA Unpacked II moved away from the standard museum-curated exhibition, proposing an alternative model for ‘unpacking’ the visual culture of this time.
This exhibition aimed to open the MCA collection up to new interpretations and perspectives. It followed on from the success of the first MCA Unpacked in which individuals distinguished in the humanities, science, law, politics and the arts selected works from the collection.
Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC: 31 January – 7 March 2004
Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 13 February – 27 March 2004
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC: 2 March – 4 April 2004
University of South Australia Art Museum: 10 June – 18 July 2004
Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 13 August – 26 September 2004
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 25 September – 21 November 2004
Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre, NSW: 2 October – 28 November 2004
Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 2 March – 10 April 2005
University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery, QLD: 4 May – 26 June 2005
Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD: 4 May – 26 June 2005
Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS: 15 August – 25 September 2005