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Grayson Perry

10 Dec - 01 May

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Mikala Dwyer: MCA Collection

21 Dec - 21 Feb

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Being TIWI

21 Dec - 21 Feb

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Art Safari

09 Feb, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Art Safari

09 Feb, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Genext: My Pretty Little Art Career

06 Mar, 6.00pm, Throughout the MCA

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Sharing The Artist’s Voice

Celebrating the launch of a new video portal, Alex White reflects upon the MCA’s history of producing and sharing interviews with artists and the importance of these activities for the organisation. more

My Pretty Little Sydney: A guide inspired by Grayson Perry

Much like Grayson’s work, Sydney is full of interesting enclaves if you are willing to take a closer look. We teamed up with The Thousands to create a Grayson Perry-inspired guide to Sydney! more

Building Confidence

Artist Educator Sue Salier reflects upon the certainty of youth in relation to our secondary workshop program Unpacking Unseen Images. more

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Volume One: MCA Collection

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Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections

On tour until October 2015

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ARTIST INTERVIEW

Watch our latest artist interview with Khaled Sabsabi

News – LOTI SMORGON’S LEGACY

Posted on Aug. 21, 2013 in Curatorial.

This morning as I walked around the MCA Collection galleries after hearing news of Loti Smorgon’s passing, I saw an elderly couple standing in front of Tim Johnson’s Little Big Horn (1988). They were unpicking it looking for figures and faces, patterns and designs. I pointed some of the figures out – ‘There’s a lot in this!’ they exclaimed. I kept walking and passed Asher Bilu’s Insights into the Ultimates (1988), one of the Visitor Service Officers told me about a woman who had stood in front of Bilu’s astonishing artwork and had wept. Both of these works were donated to the MCA by Loti and Victor Smorgon as part of their incredible gift of 149 Australian works.

On such a sad day for Australian art it was amazing to see in action the legacy of Loti Smorgon – art for the people, to come to on their own terms and to be given the chance to be thrilled, excited and moved by it.

It’s the rarest of gifts and the reason why we put our faith in people like Loti Smorgon and the power of art.

By Glenn Barkley, Senior Curator

Linda Marrinon’s work O (1989) has been installed on Level 2 of the Museum as a tribute. The work was gifted to the MCA by Loti and Victor in 1995.

Mrs Loti Smorgon AO (1918 – 2013)

MCA Chairman Simon Mordant AM, the MCA Board, Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE and the staff of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia honour the memory of Mrs Loti Smorgon who together with her husband Victor donated 149 artworks to the Museum.

Visitors to the MCA look at the art donated by Loti and Victor Smorgon everyday. They are given the chance to be thrilled, excited and moved by it. Linda Marrinon’s work O (1989) is the legacy of the Smorgon family’s generosity, a gift that is appreciated by hundreds of thousands of viewers every year.