– Highlights

highlight
Event

ARTBAR January 2018

Today, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA

highlight
Exhibition

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb

highlight
Exhibition

Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

– Learning Events

highlight
Event

ARTBAR January 2018

Today, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA

highlight
Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

highlight
Event

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean [Unplugged]

23 Jan, 6.00pm, Level 3: Galleries

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

highlight
MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

Exhibition

MCA Collection: Compass

– When

9 November 2018-3 February 2019

Mon-Tue10-5pm
Wed10-9pm
Thu-Sun10-5pm

– Admission

Free

9 November 2018 – 3 February 2019

The trajectories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women practices are considered in dialogue with one another in this collection-based exhibition. Aboriginal artists illustrate their distinctive relationships to their cultures and Countries and provide commentary on the multiple, interlocking oppressions of what it means to be a black woman in Australia. Non-Aboriginal artists narrate concepts around the presentation of women in contemporary western society; utilizing the figure and forms of the self to reflect universal themes of ‘being’ and ‘doing’ female.

Like compass points, these artists point to the ways in which they experience, both in their internal and external lives, their womanhood. Communal identities – such as those reflected in Indigenous traditional and contemporary culture where the self is subjugated in preference for group preservation and maintenance, and individual identities that sit at various points on the spectrum of feminine experience are highlighted.

Works in distinct and diverse mediums reveal the way in which this group of artists hold and reinterpret histories, as well as locate a complexity of ideas about the performative aspects of female-ness.

Curated by Clothilde Bullen: Curator – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection and Exhibitions