– Highlights

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

– Learning Events

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Special Event

ARTBAR June 2017

30 Jun, 7.00pm, MCA

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Talk

NAIDOC Week 2017

05 Jul, 5.30pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Master Class For Teachers

09 Jul, 10.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

5 Years of ARTBAR

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MCA at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Canals, cats and curators. Clothilde Bullen reflects on the experience of attending the 2017 Venice Biennale on the occasion of Tracey Moffat’s Australian Pavilion. more

From the archives: Unconventional Materials

From the Archives is our blog series unearthing gems from the MCA’s archives, written by resident archivist Stephanie Ferrara more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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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.

Touring Exhibition

string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art

string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art, is a touring exhibition from the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, that explores innovative approaches to fibre and art in a contemporary context. The exhibition brings together Aboriginal artists who work with expanded notions of textile and craft-based tradition and presents a range of artworks from sculpture, photography, painting to video. Curated by MCA Senior Curator, Glenn Barkley, it features the work of over 30 artists and artist groups from all over Australia.

‘String theory’ is a scientific principle that posits a theory of everything. In this exhibition it implies expansion and connection across time and space, is porous and open-ended, and diverse approaches to the idea of ‘fibre’ or craft-based disciplines. A highlight of the exhibition is a commission by Yirrkala artist Lipaki Marlaypa who works exclusively with traditional hand-made string. Many of the works in the exhibition have string as an integral material in their making whilst others use photography, painting and installation whilst still being grounded in a textile tradition.

The exhibition will commence touring in 2013. Please contact MCA Touring:
touring@mca.com.au for further information about the exhibition

Tour Itinerary:

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts: 15 Nov 2013 – 5 Jan 2014
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: 8 March – 13 July 2014
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery: 16 September – 10 November 2014
Cairns Regional Gallery: 13 Mar–10 May 2015
Wollongong Art Gallery: 6 June – 30 August 2015
Glasshouse Port Macquarie: 18 Sept – 29 November 2015

Yukuwa

Frances Djulibing
Yukuwa (Feather string yam vine) 2013
banyan tree bark, cockatoo feathers, beeswax
Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013
Image courtesy and © the artist

Tjanpi Desert Weavers’ project was supported by Gandel Philanthropy and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Noongar Doll Makers’ project was supported by CAN WA.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Touring Exhibition Sponsors