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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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Workshop

Weaving Workshop

03 Jun, 10.30am, Level 2: Seminar Room

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Tribunal

03 Jun, 6.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Event

HANDFED

04 Jun, 9.00am, Level 4: Sculpture Terrace

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Farewell Linda Marrinon Artist Room

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Young Art Lovers' Book List

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Collection Artist Interviews

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

08 Sep 2009 to 11 Nov 2009

Artists

Alison Alder, Micky Allan, Jon Campbell, Lou Hubbard, Matthew Hunt, Robert Jenyns, Linda Marrinon, Archie Moore, Tom Moore, Marrnyula Mununggurr, Raquel Ormella, Alwin Reamillo, Khaled Sabsabi, Neil Taylor, Kenneth Thaiday Snr., Ruth Waller, Toni Warburton, Ken Whisson

Curator: Glenn Barkley

about the exhibition

This exhibition was the fourth installment of a series of major exhibitions showcasing the work of Australian artists from around the country, focusing on established artists who have a sustained exhibiting career of ten years or more.

Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art brought together artists whose work is anchored in some sense of tradition, possessing a link back to art history through either a particular regional or national history, or through a medium. There was also an engagement with the political and social world, either gentle or abrasive, both in the works and through the artist’s position within his or her own social community as teacher, supporter or advocate.

Many of the artists were involved in areas of social justice and cultural access, working with communities beyond their immediate artistic peers and support networks. Another key element within the artists work was an ongoing studio practice and the sense of the studio as an alchemical place, where artists reveal mystic truths, and of artistic ‘labour’. A number of the artists work within craft-based traditions, engaging with media in such a way that the processes of the past are inescapable.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Micky Allan
  • Infinite pink
Lou Hubbard
  • DEPORTMENT
  • HACK
  • Pinch Stick
  • TURTLE

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