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The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

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Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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MCA Collection: Luminous

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

09 Mar 2015 to 08 Jun 2015

Artists

Jonathan Jones, Peter Kennedy, John Mawurndjul, William Seeto, Sandra Selig

Curator: Natasha Bullock

about the exhibition

Star trails. Shooting star spirits. Ambient environments. Infinity windows. Light.

Luminous, drawn from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, featured works created from the 1970s to 2015 that revealed the astonishing effects and subtle properties of light. In these works, light is treated as a material and as a concept, as a source of formal relationships, a symbol generating hope and as an experiential encounter.

The exhibition included one of the first neon light installations in Australia by Peter Kennedy. It also featured a video installation of dancing geometric abstraction by Sandra Selig, a sensorial infinity window by William Seeto, a bark painting of an ancestral star spirit by John Mawurndjul and a new commission for the MCA Collection by Jonathan Jones − a large wall work that maps a star trail of the southern skies above Circular Quay.

These artworks demonstrated the MCA’s long-standing engagement with light-based art. Light works were purchased as early as 1967 for the JW Power Collection, through the University of Sydney’s JW Power Bequest, which also enabled the founding of the MCA in 1989.