MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, said: ‘The MCA has been on an extraordinary journey! I’d like to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of those who brought this amazing museum into being back in 1991 and all of those staff and supporters who have made it into the much loved institution it is today. This birthday weekend is a way for us to celebrate together 25 years of collaborating with wonderful artists from across the country and around the world; 25 years of inspiring Australians of all ages through contemporary art; 25 years of challenging us to see and think the world differently.’
‘This is also an opportunity to give back to the community and thank our many visitors, members, friends and supporters for their continuing trust and encouragement over the years,’ Macgregor continued.
Full program on www.mca.com.au/25 and #MCA25
• Traditional smoking ceremony and performance with Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers, Friday 11 November, 10am
• Four new commissions by Lauren Brincat & Bree van Reyk (Molto Echo, 2016, Sunday 13 November 10.30–11.30am), Hossein Ghaemi (Passing Within & Singing for New Stars, 2016, Sunday 13 November, 11am–1pm and 2–4pm), Técha Noble (Janus Machina, 2016, Friday 11 November, 11.15am and Sunday 13 November, 4.15pm) and Jess Olivieri with Mish Grigor and Lizzie Thomson (Narrow but deep, 2016, Friday 11 November and Saturday 12 November 11.30am–1.30pm and 2.30–4.30pm).
• Alongside this, Lyndal Jones will revisit a seminal performance work, The Prediction Pieces, 1981–1991/2016, shown as part of our first wave of exhibitions in 1992 (Friday 11 November, 7pm, MCA Members get priority access).
• Artists in conversation: Tasmanian photographer Ricky Maynard will talk about his approach to documenting the histories of Indigenous communities (Friday 11 November, 1.30pm); MCA Collection artists Vernon Ah Kee, Lindy Lee, Todd McMillan, Julie Rrap, Lara Thoms and Justene Williams will share memorable stories about the role the MCA has played in their career (Friday 11 November 3.30pm and Saturday 12 November 11am).
• Self-taught Sydney baker and cake decorator Clifford Luu (Cakes By Cliff) is working with artists Nicole Barakat and Brook Morgan to create a spectacular birthday cake fit for the occasion. On Saturday 12 November at 12.30pm, visitors are invited for a sing-along and cake-cutting ceremony in presence of a special guest (free cake for 200 people, first in, best dressed).
• Meet the MCA: curators, installers, conservators, artist educators, designers. Join MCA staff behind the scenes and hear about some of our stories.
• Guided tours galore: meet the passionate MCA Guides over the three days for free spotlight tours. Join us for Bella Plus Connect tours led by people with access requirements or a disability and hear their perspectives on artworks in our Collection; an in-depth tour featuring important works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in our Collection; AN AUSLAN-interpreted tour; tours led by children aged 4 to 12 from the MCA Kids Committee and by MCA Young Guides, and an experimental walking tour with artist Lara Thoms and a group of young people who took part in our first online course and explored what happens in a ‘big institution’.
• Launch of the new MCA Collection handbook, in presence of many of the artists (Saturday 12 November afternoon).
• In Conversation: MCA Chair Simon Mordant AM with Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE (Saturday 12 November, 1.30pm, exclusive to MCA Members).
• Behind-the-scenes tours with architect Sam Marshall, who will take small groups of visitors behind the gallery walls and speak about designing the MCA’s 2012 spectacular redevelopment.
• Artist Stuart Ringholt will host two after-hours naked tours of the MCA Collection, an opportunity to enjoy looking at art without the barriers of clothes (Friday 11 November 6–8pm, Saturday 12 November 7–9am, followed by breakfast in the nude on the MCA Sculpture Terrace).
• Debate: Brave New Futures? Will art need museums in the future? Will the internet replace the need for museums? Will the white cube remain vital to how we display art? Will the museum become a storage house? Cast your vote and get ready to join this lively debate with Blak Douglas, Cherine Fahd, Matthys Gerber, MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Sarah Rodigari and Marcus Westbury (Sunday 13 November, 1.30–3.30pm).
• MCA exhibitions open on the weekend: _Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything _(ticketed, presented as part of the Sydney International Art Series), MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday (free), Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists (free) and Louise Hearman (free).