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Bus Tour to Wil-im-ee Moor-ing (Mount William greenstone quarry, Lancefield): Open Spatial Workshop – Converging in time

Join Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell) and guests on a bus tour to the important Wurundjeri heritage site of Wil-im-ee Moor-ing (Mount William greenstone quarry) near Lancefield in regional Victoria. For thousands of years Aboriginal people quarried greenstone (volcanic diorite) from Wil-im-ee Moor-ing/Mount William to make the hatchet heads for their axes. The quarry was the centre of an extraordinary trading network that extended 700 kilometres into New South Wales as well as into South Australia. In 1882 and 1884 Wurundjeri elder William Barak witnessed the final operations of the quarry, describing aspects of its custodial control to anthropologist, Alfred Howitt. On 23rd October 2012, the land title of the Wil-im-ee Moor-ing/Mount William quarry was handed back to Kulin elders and is now under  the  control  of  the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Cultural Heritage Council.More info here:https://www.monash.edu/muma/events/2017/osw-bus-tour Saturday 11 March 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm Pick up:…

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…

Conversation | Judy Watson and Kimberley Moulton in Conversation at Monash University Museum of Art

Judy Watson’s the keepers 2016 is a new video work featured in the current MUMA exhibition Life inside an Image. It includes documentary film footage shot in the Aboriginal Australian archives of the British Museum in London. In this informal discussion with curator Kimberley Moulton, Watson will discuss the keepers, her engagement with Aboriginal artefacts in cultural collections, and share her ideas around institutional responsibility, redress and repatriation. Judy Watson is a Brisbane-based Waanyi artist who was born in Mundubbera, Queensland in 1959.  Renowned for her paintings;on un-stretched canvas, Watson’s work is often concerned with unearthing hidden histories of Indigenous Australian experiences under colonialism. She has exhibited extensively at major institutions across Australia and internationally. Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta-Yorta woman and the Senior Curator of South Eastern Aboriginal Collections, Melbourne Museum. Kimberley has a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and…

MUMA Boiler Room Lecture | The Artist as Quarry, Tirdad Zolghadr | MPavilion

MUMA is pleased to host the special lecture, Artist as Quarry, by visiting international curator and writer, Tirdad Zolghadr. Artists are always falling prey to something or other. Censorship, curators, bad lighting, jet lag, bigotry, cultural prejudice, institutions in particular and The Institution At Large. Never are they complicit in any of these things. The goal of this lecture is not to trace examples of when victimization is real or imagined but to map the role and political rationale of self-marginalization within the moral economy of contemporary art. The goal of this exercise, in turn, is to speculate as to how this rationale might be translated into a more meaningful professional identity, with more tangible political traction, over time. Date: Thursday 3 November 2016, 6.00 – 7.30pm Venue: MPavilion Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne FREE /// no bookings required – website…

Book Launch | Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art | MUMA

Ian McLean's latest book, Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art, Ian McLean Join MUMA for the launch of Ian McLean’s latest book,Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art. As Senior Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, McLean is an internationally recognised scholar. His previous books include Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous Art (2014), How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art (2011) and White Aborigines: Identity Politics in Australian Art (2009). He will be joined in conversation with Rex Butler, Professor (Art History & Theory), Monash University. Date: Wednesday 24 August 6pm Venue: MADA Faculty Gallery, Ground floor, Building G, Monash University, Caulfield campus Presented by Monash University Museum of Art and Monash Art Design & Architecture

MUMA Boiler Room Lecture | Outlaw Territories – Felicity D. Scott | State Library of Victoria

Outlaw Territories Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is pleased to present a special lecture by visiting international curator and writer, Felicity D. Scott. Felicity D. Scott will discuss her book, Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-insurgency (Zone Books, 2016), which outlines the historical and contemporary legacy of the American counterculture from the 1960s and ‘70s and its effects on environmental governance and the management of populations globally. During this lecture Scott will draw connections between many subjects including Kevin Roche’s designs for the Ford Foundation Headquarters and One United Nations Plaza in New York; the Open Land communes and Earth People’s Parks; two major UN world conferences (the Human Environment in Stockholm of 1972 and the Human Settlements or Habitat in Vancouver of 1976); Nicholas Negroponte’s founding of the Architecture Machine Group at MIT; and Gerard K O’Neill’s…

Panel Discussion | Borders, Barriers, Walls | MUMA

Image: Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan Closed to the Public (protecting space) 2016 performance, Freiburg, Germany Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Borders, Barriers, Walls To coincide with MUMA’s exhibition Borders, Barriers, Walls curated by Francis E. Parker, this panel discussion will address some of the exhibition’s key themes and concerns. Panelists include: Associate Professor Leanne Weber, co-director of the Border Crossing Observatory, and participating artists Catherine Ryan and Amy Spiers. The panel discussion will be convened byFrancis E. Parker, MUMA – Curator Exhibitions. Borders, barriers and walls delineate this group exhibition of Australian and international artists. It reflects on how these contested and complex forms shape the world, producing situations of separation, isolation or thwarted passage across the globe. Whether they be physical constructions, psychological constructs or natural defences, the exhibition considers the forces by which these divides are either upheld or breached. Borders, barriers, walls features more than twenty-five artworks ranging from video installation, painting, photography and sculpture. The exhibition…

Lecture | André Lepecki André Lepecki The Future of Disappearance | MUMA Boiler Room Lecture at SLV

Image: André Lepecki © Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

The Future of Disappearance – Reflections on the ephemeral and the precarious at the 20th Biennale of Sydney 2016 Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in association with Sharing Space and the Biennale of Sydney are pleased to present a special lecture by André Lepecki, Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University. Following the lecture Hannah Mathews, Senior Curator, MUMA and curator, Sharing Space will convene a Q&A session. Performance theory has conceived disappearance as a movement towards the past. But what if disappearance is the condition for making futures – the necessary act through which the struggles over present conditions of living take place? In this case, the future of disappearance would have to be planned, diagrammed and choreographed. In this talk, Lepecki addresses the chronopolitics of disappearance in contemporary art by discussing the works of…

Lecture | Céline Condorelli – The Artist As… | MUMA Boiler Room Lecture at SLV

Image: Céline Condorelli, Average Spatial Compositions 2015. Installation view, Henie Onstadt Museum, Oslo.

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in association with the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane and Curatorial Practice at Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA) are pleased to present a special illustrated lecture by visiting international artist, Céline Condorelli. Condorelli’s work is fundamentally informed by architecture, a discipline in which she holds numerous degrees, including a PhD from Goldsmiths College, London. Her broad practice often merges ideas of exhibition-making, politics, public space, fiction, discussion and installation across a variety of projects. Throughout the artist’s work there is an overarching interest in the nature of ‘support’ or ‘supporting’. Date: Thursday 10 March 2016, 6.00-7.30pm   Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE. Bookings required on muma.rsvp@monash.edu or ph. 03 9905 1618 Condorelli’s lecture is part of The Artist As…, a year-long…

Exhibition | Francis Upritchard Jealous Saboteurs | MUMA

Exhibition Dates: 13 February – 16 April 2016  Opening celebration: Saturday 13 February, 2-5pm (including a conversation, 2-3pm, see below) Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint project with City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington and has been curated by their Chief Curator Robert Leonard and MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day. Spanning almost twenty years of work, MUMA is excited to present the first major survey exhibition of London-based, New Zealand-born artist, Francis Upritchard. From her early collections of mock burial artefacts, to primate-like figures constructed from discarded fur coats, and her more recent enigmatic gurus, Upritchard has developed a highly idiosyncratic language of sculpture that frequently borrows from craft practices and a broad range of references from the deep recesses of museum collections, folklore and counter-cultures to high modernist design. This exhibition will include little-seen and significant early artworks, her…

News | MUMA appoints two new roles: Senior Curator and Research Curator

   Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) welcomes two new curators to our team: Hannah Mathews as Senior Curator and Helen Hughes as Research Curator. MUMA’s Director, Charlotte Day says ‘We are thrilled with these new appointments, which fill important curatorial positions within our team and we are really looking forward to working with Hannah and Helen in the new year’. Hannah Mathews is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014), Action/Response, Dance Massive Festival (2013), Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, ACCA (2011), as well…

Exhibition | Technologism | MUMA

Exhibition Dates: 3 October – 12 December 2015 Opening function: Saturday 10 October 2015, 3-5pm Curated by Charlotte Day Artists Cory Arcangel (US), Dara Birnbaum (US), Chris Burden (US), Ian Burns (AU), Antoinette J. Citizen (AU), Simon Denny (NZ), Jan Dibbets (NL), Aleksandra Domanović (SI/DE), Harun Farocki (DE), Benjamin Forster (AU), Isa Genzken (DE), Greatest Hits (AU), Martijn Hendriks (NL), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US), Matt Hinkley (AU), Jenny Holzer (US), Edward Kienholz & Nancy Reddin Kienholz (US), Oliver Laric (AT), Mark Leckey (UK), Scott Mitchell (AU), Rabih Mroué (LB), Henrik Olesen (DK), Nam June Paik (KR/US), Nam June Paik & John Godfrey (US), Joshua Petherick (AU), Matte Rochford (AU), Jill Scott (AU), Richard Serra (US), John F. Simon Jr. (US), Brian Springer (US), Hito Steyerl (DE), Ricky Swallow (US), Jeff Thompson (US), Pia van Gelder (AU), Ulla Wiggen (US) and…

Generational Gestures: contemporary artists and their fathers | MUMA

Saturday 5 September, 2-4pm FREE event, includes afternoon tea RSVP essential muma.rsvp@monash.edu or 03 9905 4217 Celebrate fathers and creativity at this informal discussion as contemporary artists reflect on their relationships with their fathers, the roles their fathers have played in their work and their fathers’ influence on their respective artistic practices. Participating artists: Catherine Bell, Leslie Eastman, Sanja Pahoki, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Spiros Panigirakis and Lisa Radford. The program coincides with the current MUMA exhibition Dominik Lang: Girl with Pigeon, which takes a work of the Czech artist’s father Jiří Lang (1927-1996) as the departure point for the installation. Catherine Bell ‘When my father passed away on Father’s Day 2003, I was in the early stages of my PhD at Monash University. I was investigating how performance artists produce work that facilitates catharsis and I was using my body as…

Boiler Room Lecture | Raqs Media Collective

MUMA in partnership with AsialinkArts and IMA are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by Raqs Media Collective members Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The lecture will be convened by Natalie King, Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts/Senior Curator MPavilion. Date: Tuesday 7 July 2015, 6.00-7.30pm Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE event but bookings essential: muma.rsvp@monash.edu or ph. 03 9905 4365 The Raqs Media Collective enjoys playing a plurality of roles; often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They make contemporary art and films, curated exhibitions, edited books, staged events, collaborated with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors and have founded processes that have left deep impacts on contemporary culture in India. For more information see the website. Raqs Media Collective‘s Australian…

Exhibitions | Linda Marrinon and Dominik Lang | MUMA

Two new exhibitions opening next week at MUMA. Exhibition Dates: 11 July – 19 September 2015 Opening function Wednesday 15 July 2015, 6-8pm. With remarks by Robyn McKenzie, writer and art historian Linda Marrinon: Figure Sculpture 2005-2015 A key figure in Australian art since the mid-1980s, Linda Marrinon has developed an idiosyncratic language of painting and drawing steeped in postmodernist irony and feminist wit. Over the last decade, Marrinon has concentrated her attention on a significant body of entrancing and enigmatic figurative sculptures, forty-eight of which are brought together from public and private collections around Australia at the Monash University Museum of Art for Linda Marrinon: Figure Sculpture 2005-2015. Like many of her peers who established their reputations in the 1980s, Marrinon draws her references from both ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, presenting a series of archetypes, intermingling soldiers, maids, matrons, ingénues, twins, travellers,…