Tag: Monash University Museum of Art

Exhibition | Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time | MUMA

Image: John Glew's clay pit near Hodgson Street, Brunswick in operation between 1849-1857. Image courtesy of Moreland City Library, Brunswick.

OPEN SPATIAL WORKSHOP: CONVERGING IN TIME Dates: 11 February – 8 April 2017 Opening function: Saturday 11 February, 3-5pm – With remarks by Professor Lynette Russell, Director, Faculty of Arts Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. Website: https://www.monash.edu/muma/exhibitions/exhibition-archive/2017/open-spatial-workshop In February 2017 MUMA I Monash University Museum of Art presents Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time, the first major museum exhibition by Open Spatial Workshop (comprising artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). The exhibition is part of MUMA’s much anticipated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia’s most exciting and innovative mid-career artists. Converging in time continues OSW’s sculptural investigation into the forces of material formation. Drawing on earth sciences research and studies of the Anthropocene, this new exhibition explores the relationship between the mineral make-up of a site and the societies they produce and sustain. This approach is particularly…

Exhibition | Life Inside an Image | Monash University Museum of Art

Gerard Byrne, Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (Film inside an image) 2015-16 (still) Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London

Exhibition dates 1 October – 10 December 2016 Opening function Saturday 8 October 2016 3-5pm Artists | Matthew Buckingham (USA), Gerard Byrne (IRL), Melvin Moti (NDL), Fiona Pardington (NZ), Elizabeth Price (UK), Amie Siegel (USA), Judy Watson (AUS) MUMA’s upcoming exhibition Life inside an Image, presented in association with Melbourne Festival, will bring together seven contemporary artists from six different countries whose work engages with significant cultural collections including the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersberg, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the British Museum in London. The exhibition explores the function of the museum in relation to the camera. Museums, like cameras, preserve, frame and index the world. Both attempt to arrest beings, objects and environments into conditions of stasis. In so doing, museums also translate objects (whether artworks, ancient tools, mineral samples or taxidermied animals) into documents – official…

Exhibition | Limits to Growth – Nicholas Mangan | MUMA

Nicholas Mangan, Matter over mined 2012 C-print on cotton paper 69 x 103cm Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico city

Exhibtion Dates: 20 July – 17 September 2016 Opening celebration: Wed 20 July, 6pm. With remarks by Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer in Art History, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition of Melbourne-based artist, Nicholas Mangan. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. The exhibition brings together several key projects (the eldest dating to 2009-10) in conversation with a new commission, Limits to Growth. This latest work explores the relationship between two monetary currencies: Rai, large stone coins from the Micronesian island of Yap, and Bitcoin, a digital currency allegedly invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. Nicholas Mangan:…

News | MUMA unveils new public artwork by DAMP and Monash Art Projects

The new work, called Gormenghast is by the artist group Damp and Monash Art Projects (MAP) and can now be seen at the Ian Potter Sculpture Court at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). The work is a a temporary and evolving architectural structure and will be a key site for Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: study of an artist at 21 – a series of exhibitions and events curated by Rosemary Forde, a Monash University Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) PhD candidate. Throughout the year, the two-level structure at Caulfield campus will provide a base for Forde’s curatorial project, with exhibitions, events, and study group seminars to take place at the site. The program presents a survey of new and existing work by the Melbourne artist group Damp, drawing on 21 years of practice from a group that has involved…

Exhibition | Art as a Verb | MUMA

Art as a Verb at Monash University Museum of Art. Exhibition Dates: 3 October – 16 December 2014 Opening function: Saturday 4 October 2014, 3-5pm About the Exhibition | Art as a Verb is a major thematic exhibition that takes as its departure point the concept of art as action, both inside the gallery and beyond. Drawing upon the unbridled energy and anarchy of fluxus and happenings, and looking back to a moment when art dematerialised, Art as a Verb presents a range of projects from the 1960s to today that challenge the traditional role of the artist and the site of the museum. What constitutes the work of an artist? How do the varying roles of an artist (as instigator, facilitator, teacher, performer, consumer or visionary) fit within broader society? And how does the museum support art forms that…

Symposium | Rooms for Thought: Radical Uses of Museum Collections

Rooms for Thought examines recent curatorial initiatives with collections, undertaken both by artists and curators alike. We are delighted to bring Dr Clémentine Deliss to Australia to discuss her groundbreaking work with ethnographic collections at Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, as well as Jaroslaw Suchan, whose unconventional curatorial approach to the collections at Muzeum Sztuki has brought great attention to this artist-initiated regional museum in Lodz, Poland. These keynote speakers will be joined by Australian and New Zealand artists, academics and curators in a program designed to look at the movement away from defined roles and methodologies through a number of case studies. It is presented in parallel to Fiona Connor: Wallworks at MUMA, an exhibition which takes inspiration from the Monash University Collection. Speakers: Dr Clémentine Deliss, Justin Paton, Jarosław Suchan, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, Patrick Pound, Rebecca Coates, Jane Devery, Daniel Palmer, Sarah Farrar,…

Lecture | Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev | Boiler Room Lecture at Monash

Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA], in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a special lecture by Italian-American curator, author and researcher Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of the 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015 and Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. Christov-Bakargiev was named 2012’s most powerful person in the art world by Art Review’s Power 100 listings. She was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), which took place in Kassel, Germany, and extended to workshops, seminars and exhibitions in Alexandria, Egypt; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Banff, Canada. Her stewardship of dOCUMENTA (13) renewed one of the exhibition’s principal intentions, to enlist culture as an agent of reconstruction, healing and dialogue. For the 14th Istanbul Biennial, in keeping with her Documenta strategy of hiring agents to advise on the show—she will draft the exhibition with…

Exhibition | Fiona Connor: Wallworks | MUMA

Fiona Connor: Wallworks at MUMA from 18 July – 20 September 2014 Opening event: Saturday 19 July 2014, 3-5pm With opening remarks by Professor Edwina Cornish, Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University at 3.30pm Presented across the entire museum, Wallworks is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist Fiona Connor. The exhibition sees Connor work with the Monash University Collection and associated works to recreate the location and installation of a number of artworks that hang in offices, lecture theatres and public spaces across Monash campuses, bringing the various architectures of the University into the museum along with the artworks themselves. For Wallworks, Connor turns her attention to the everyday settings of Monash University to provide an intimate look at the life of an artwork after it has entered an institutional collection. Having spent…

Panel Discussion and Book Readings | Concrete | MUMA

Panel Discussion: Concrete Panel: Rueben Berg, Dr Nurin Veis and Professor Alistair Thomson To coincide with Concrete this panel discussion will interrogate some of the exhibition’s key themes and concerns. Guest panellists include: Rueben Berg, co-founder and Director of Indigenous Architecture Victoria, Dr Nuris Veis, Manager Scienceworks and Professor Alistair Thomson, Head of School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University. The panel discussion will be convened by Geraldine Barlow, Senior Curator MUMA. Date: 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday 11 June 2014 Venue: Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus FREE event, bookings required muma.rsvp@monash.edu or 03 9905 4217  Book Reading and Discussion: Maria Tumarkin and Geraldine Barlow: The Geography of Trauma ‘Traumascapes are a distinctive category of places transformed physically and psychically by suffering, part of a scar tissue that stretches across the world’. Author Maria Tumarkin and MUMA Senior Curator, Geraldine Barlow will discuss how artists in Concrete…

Lunchtime Artist Talks at MUMA exhibition ‘Concrete’

Artist talks at MUMA’s new exhibition Concrete About the Exhibition | MUMA’s second exhibition for 2014, Concrete brings together the work of sixteen artists, both Australian and international. The exhibition explores the concrete, or the solid and its counter: change, the flow of time. As we prepare to mark the centenary of the First World War, the exhibition considers the impact of time upon built and monumental form, reading between materiality and emotion, form and memory Callum Morton and Nicholas Mangan Date: Tuesday 13 May 2014 Time:12.30-1.15pm Venue: Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus FREE event, no bookings required Join MUMA Senior Curator Geraldine Barlow and exhibiting artists Callum Morton and Nicholas Mangan as they discuss duration, materiality, provisional architecture, modernity and Maya ruins in the context of the current MUMA exhibition Concrete. Duration: approx. 45mins Lunchtime Artist Talk: Saskia Doherty and Tom Nicholson Date: Tuesday 27…

Exhibition | Concrete | Monash University Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates | 3 May – 5 July 2014 Curator | Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow Opening event: Saturday 10 May 2014, 3-5pm at Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus Concrete: a solid state, a construction material, something known or true. MUMA’s second exhibition for 2014, Concrete brings together the work of twelve artists, both Australian and international. The exhibition explores the concrete, or the solid and its counter: change, the flow of time. As we prepare to mark the centenary of the First World War, the exhibition considers the impact of time upon built and monumental form, reading between materiality and emotion, form and memory. Monuments reflect a desire for commemoration, truth, honour and justice. Equally, they may function to consolidate political power and national identity. Works in the exhibition locate the monumental in relation to longer cycles of construction, displacement…

Conversation | Stuart Ringholt in conversation with Charlotte Day | MUMA

Stuart Ringholt in conversation with Charlotte Day Stuart Ringholt is one of Australia’s most fearless contemporary artists. His practice has involved leading audiences in naturist gallery tours, anger workshops, and performances that place the artist in embarrassing situations. Here Ringholt will discuss the two major new commissions for his exhibition Kraft – a monumentally scaled and temporally askew clock and Club Purple, a nude daytime disco – in the context of his expansive practice. Date: Wednesday 9 April 2014, 12.30 – 1.30pm Venue: Building G, G1.04, Faculty of Art Design & Architecture Lecture Theatre Free Stuart Ringholt: Kraft | Club Purple As part of Stuart Ringholt: Kraft MUMA presents Club Purple, a nude disco within the museum. The disco is a unique place to experience music, colour and movement without the restrictions of clothing and footwear. Featuring mixed and solo…

Nude Gallery Tour with Stuart Ringholt – limited places remaining

Nude Gallery Tour with Stuart Ringholt –  limited places remaining Join artist Stuart Ringholt for a nude tour of his solo exhibition Kraft.  Ringholt will commence the private tour with an introduction to his practice spanning over 15 years and finish with a dancing session in ‘Club Purple’, his nude disco in the museum. Bookings are essential, participants will be required to be naked during the tour. This is an 18+ event Date: Wednesday 2 April 2014 Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm Venue: Monash University Museum of Art Free: Booking essential email  mumarsvp@monash.edu  

Exhibition | Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century at MUMA

Arguably the most influential artistic development of the twentieth century, the readymade was set in motion one hundred years ago when Marcel Duchamp mounted an upturned bicycle wheel on a stool. Duchamp’s conversion of unadorned, everyday objects into fine art completely inverted how artistic practice was considered. Suddenly, art was capable of being everywhere and in everything. It was a revolutionary moment in modern art and the ripples from this epochal shift still resonate today. Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century pays tribute to Duchamp’s innovation, including two key examples of his work: Bicycle wheel 1913 and Bottle dryer 1914. Other important historical works that MUMA has borrowed for the exhibition reveal the readymade’s presence in Minimalism and Conceptual art as well as its echoes in Pop art. The exhibition traces some of the ways the readymade has been reinterpreted…

MUMA Exhibition and Public Programs | Direct Democracy

About the Exhibition Direct Democracy explores the changing nature of our engagement with the democratic tradition and looks to the emergence of new democratic models. The exhibition reflects contemporary social movements, unrest and the desire for change; modelling key social dynamics and possible futures. In Direct Democracy destruction and resistance are connected with the need to collaborate and rebuild. Recent political shifts such as the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis and movements such as Occupy are considered in relation to earlier struggles for autonomy and self-definition, as well as the interplay of constructive and corrosive dynamics in leadership and governance. The exhibition examines the shifting forms of political agency, in both emerging and foundational democracies. Direct Democracy continues MUMA’s ongoing series of thematic and discursive exhibitions, such as Networks (Cells & Silos) and Liquid Archive. Curated by MUMA’s Senior…