– 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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Special Event

New Romance for Teachers

02 Jul, 10.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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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

– 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.

Press Releases – string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art

Posted on May 24, 2013

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) announces string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art, a group exhibition exploring innovative approaches to fibre and art in a contemporary context.

The presentation brings together over 20 Aboriginal artists from across Australia who work with expanded notions of textile and craft-based tradition.

The artists and artist groups presented in the exhibition include Tony Albert, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art + Culture Studio, Frances Djulibing, Robyn Djunginy, Lola Greeno, Dale Harding, Evelyn McGreen, Lipaki Marlaypa, Dhundunga Mununngurr, Noongar Doll Makers, Laurie Nilsen, Alison Page, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Jimmy Pike, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Vicki West and Yirrkala Printmakers.

string theory presents a diverse range of works which engage with textile artistic traditions including sculpture, photography, painting and video. The exhibition is fore-grounded by the work of Yirrkala artist Lipaki Marlaypa whose traditional hand-made woven string acts as a conceptual starting point.

A number of works in string theory, such as those from Ramingining and Yirrkala will become part of the MCA Collection and have a direct lineage back to the MCA’s history. One such work, and a pivotal one, a Yukuwa (Yam string vine) by Frances Djulibing is a reprise of an earlier piece that bridges the MCA past and present.

MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said: ‘string theory is a multi-disciplinary contemporary tribute to the rich textile tradition of Aboriginal artists and takes as its starting point the way in which the MCA‘s collecting policy has always acknowledged such work as contemporary art.’

A key component of string theory is people. People talking and people making. In Dale Harding’s work, ideas and objects grow out of conversations with the artist’s grandmother and mother, slowly evolving into artworks that tell the hard truths of Australian history.

The Tjanpi Desert Weavers’ tactile environments are a culmination of discussion, travel across vast distances and hands-on work between artists and art workers in communities, cities and towns, non- Indigenous and Indigenous, working together.

The exhibition’s curator Glenn Barkley said: ‘string theory is a scientific principle that posits a theory of everything. In the exhibition it implies expansion and connection across time and space, porous and open- ended embracing diverse approaches to the idea of ‘fibre’ or craft-based disciplines.’

string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art is presented in the Level 3 Galleries.

Media Contacts
Claire Johnson / Myriam Conrié
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
+61 (0)2 9245 2417 / +61 (0)2 9245 2434
claire.johnson@mca.com.au
myriam.conrie@mca.com.au