Last year we began a project to sort and catalogue our archives. Treasures of all kinds have begun to be unearthed: once banished to cardboard oblivion, these records will be given new life in a monthly blog series called From the Archives.
Our journey into the past begins with a selection of invitations to exhibitions and events held at the MCA over the past 25 years.
Highlights include the opening invitation to Sporting Life (with complimentary Astroturf), the beautiful tarot card like invitation set to the Primavera Ball in 1995 and the striking photograph Camouflage #4 (Eiko) (A-R-MOUR) by Julie Rrap, used on a flier to advertise her 2007 exhibition at the MCA.
Uncovering these tickets to the past piqued our interest: What was it like to attend a party at the MCA in 1995? What is it like for an Australian artist to have a survey exhibition at the MCA? What happened to all the Astroturf?
Bold, colourful and slightly retro, these archival materials were begging for the spotlight.
A small selection is currently on display in the MCA Library, and more information about the MCA’s past exhibitions can be found on our website.
The MCA Library is open for all visitors to enjoy, and stocks in-depth research materials on Australian and international artists. For specific enquiries contact Librarian Margaret Gor on +61 2 9245 2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In her current role, Stephanie looks after the MCA’s collection of archival materials. Stephanie completed a Bachelor of Art Theory (Hons) at UNSW and Masters of Digital Information Management at UTS. A book worm at heart, Stephanie is also passionate about the importance of literacy and access to information.