– Highlights

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Exhibition

Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

– Learning Events

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Event

Genext

24 Sep, 6.00pm, Throughout the MCA

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Special Event

ARTBAR September 2017

29 Sep, 7.00pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. more

Fresh picks for Father's Day

Discover the gifts that will help you spoil your dad this Father’s Day. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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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.

Performance

Workout - Jodie Whalen
– Day Job / After Work Drinks

Jodie Whalen’s performances are structured around ideas of everyday endurance. Incorporating banal activities taken to fanatical extremes, they invite us to consider notions of physical and psychological finish lines; success and failure; obsession and self-belief. Whalen’s current projects are informed by her employment as an art gallery attendant and educator. They explore how this job interacts with her role as an artist and test people’s expectations of what it is that artists actually do. Interested in the tension her presence can generate in the gallery and the confusion that can arise in terms of her identity, Whalen stages Day Job / After Work Drinks (2013) in a provisional office environment set up inside the MCA. Greeting visitors as they enter the gallery and talking to them about her work, Whalen’s act of ‘shameless self-promotion’ evolves into a test of stamina and commitment, as she adheres to a set of unstated rules dictating her behaviour over an 11-hour period.1

Jodie Whalen (b. 1983) lives and works in Sydney. Recent exhibitions include Onside, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 2013; The Social, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2013; I’m Worth My Weight In Gold, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, 2012; Day Job, SafARI, Sydney 2012; SIXTY KILOGRAMS, MOP Projects, Sydney, 2011; Yes I Can/ No Can Do, Blacktown Arts Centre, 2011; The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2011; I’m just Your Girlfriend – I’m a Liar, Gaffa, Sydney, 2011.

1. Artist’s statement 2013

Jodie Whalen, I Love You. I Do. 2011, performance, Damien Minton Annex, Sydney, 2011, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: David Capra

During each Workout performance Brain Fuata performs Reading instructions now, transcribing his own texts and those gleaned from his co-participants as ‘a way of responding, documenting and re-performing what is enacted during the week’. He invites the other Workout artists to read his presence in the gallery, and their relationship to it.

image for Workout - Jodie Whalen

– When

25 April 2013, 10:00am-9:00pm

– Admission

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