Tag Archive for Monash University Museum of Art

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

Gormenghast, 2016
Damp and Monash Art Projects (MAP)
Commissioned by MAP with support from Curatorial Practice, MADA and MUMA
Hosted by Monash University Museum of Art in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court
Curated by Rosemary Forde
April – September 2016

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…

Exhibition | Art as a Verb | MUMA

Clark Beaumont, Coexisting 2013, photo courtesy of Jamie North and Kaldor Public Art Projects

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…

Symposium | Rooms for Thought: Radical Uses of Museum Collections

MUM collections symposium

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:…

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…

Exhibition | Fiona Connor: Wallworks | MUMA

Fiona Connor

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…

Panel Discussion and Book Readings | Concrete | MUMA

Igor Grubic  Monument 2014  video still  courtesy of the artist

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…

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…

Exhibition | Concrete | Monash University Museum of Art

Igor Grubic  Monument 2014  video still  courtesy of the artist

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…

Conversation | Stuart Ringholt in conversation with Charlotte Day | MUMA

Image credit: Stuart Ringholt, Club Purple (detail) 2014. Photo: Andrew Curtis. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

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…

Nude Gallery Tour with Stuart Ringholt – limited places remaining

Image credit: Preceded by a tour of the show by artist Stuart Ringholt, 4-5pm (the artist will be naked. Those who wish to join the tour must also be naked. Adults Only.) 2011. Performance still, MCA, Sydney, 2012. Image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery.

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

Marcel Duchamp, Bicycle wheel 1913 reconstructed 1964 painted wooden stool and bicycle wheel National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1973

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…

MUMA Exhibition and Public Programs | Direct Democracy

Direct Democracy (Raquelle Ormella, 'Poetic possibilities' 2012)

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…

Exhibitions at MUMA Feb-April 2013 | Richard Bell, Daniel Crooks, Larissa Kosloff

Richard Bell, An uppity school girl 2008. Image via MUMA

Richard Bell is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities; he was born in 1953 in Charleville, Queensland, and lives and works in Brisbane. Lessons on Etiquette and Manners is the artist’s first in-depth presentation in Melbourne.

Working with humour and agit-prop activism, Bell’s writings, paintings and videos instruct his audience on the assumptions and false histories surrounding race politics in Australia.

Exhibitions at MUMA | Artists’ Proof #1 and Emily Floyd Sculpture

Ash Keating, The west park proposition, 2012

Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA Opening function: Saturday 6 October, 3.00 – 5.00pm,  Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus With opening remarks at 3.30pm by Professor Edward Byrne, AO Vice-Chancellor & President, Monash University Artists’ Proof #1 Exhibition dates: 1 October – 15 December 2012 Artists: Sarah Byrne, Alicia Frankovich, Newell Harry, Joyce Hinterding, David Jolly, Jonathan Jones, Ash Keating, Elizabeth Newman and Rose Nolan Curatorium: Geraldine Barlow, Max Delany, Francis Parker, Patrice Sharkey The inaugural edition of a new exhibition series, Artists’ Proof #1 explores current positions in contemporary art through new commissions by nine outstanding contemporary artists. Artists’ Proof has been established to provide curatorial support for contemporary artists to develop new work and ambitious projects. The…

Pop Up Lecture Cycle | John C. Welchman on Mike Kelley: 1945-2012

Mike Kelley, Day is done, Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2005

John C. Welchman on Mike Kelley: 1954-2012 Wednesday 22 August  2012 at MUMA, NGV and Ian Potter Museum of Art A pop-up lecture cycle on the life and work of celebrated Los Angeles contemporary artist Mike Kelley delivered by co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and Kelley scholar, Professor John C. Welchman, University of California San Diego. The cycle of three public lectures are a collaboration between Monash University, National Gallery of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. Extracurricular activities: Mike Kelley’s Day is Done (2005) 10am – 12 noon Venue: Monash University Museum of Art,Lecture theatre G1.04, Monash University Mike Kelley’s epic Day is Done (2005) or Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #2–32 (2004–2005), takes the form of a rambunctious musical-cum-vaudeville video review chopped into…