Volume One: MCA Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
29 Mar 2012 to 31 Jan 2016
Curator: Glenn Barkley
about the exhibition
In 2012, the MCA reopened with a major focus on its collection. Volume One: MCA Collection featuring over 280 works by more than 170 Australian artists drawn from a period of acquisitions which began with the constitution of the MCA in May 1989. This presentation reflects the diversity of Australian contemporary art over the past 20 years, including work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists; the consolidation of film and video practice from a marginal to central position; the emergence of diverse cultural voices; as well as ephemeral and performative practices. It also included references to the MCA’s exhibition and collecting history.
A purpose-built screen space engages visitors with video and a resource room within the original boardroom of the Maritime Services Building provides opportunities to research the collection and view works from the MCA’s Contemporary Art Archive, a unique aspect of the MCA Collection.