– Highlights


Primavera 2016

29 Sep - 04 Dec


Louise Hearman

29 Sep - 04 Dec

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– Learning Events

25 Birthday Weekend

Performance: Narrow but Deep

11 Nov, 11.30am, Level 2: Seminar Room

25 Birthday Weekend

Artist Talk

11 Nov, 1.30pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

25 Birthday Weekend

Performance: Lyndal Jones

11 Nov, 7.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

– News from inside the MCA

Fairfield Eating Excursion

Women of Fairfield co-curator and PYT Artistic Director, Karen Therese takes us on a food safari through Fairfield, Sydney. more

Please Touch: Tactile Tours for Families

Artist Educator, Brook Morgan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the development of this new program for families. more

Interview with September film curator Adrian Martin

James Vaughan speaks to Australian arts critic and audiovisual artist Adrian Martin about the month of contemporary Portuguese cinema he has guest curated for the MCA more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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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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