23 November 2019 – 9 February 2020
us. / we. / be.
We are launching MAC with three major exhibitions, each looking at human nature, diversity and the things that make us who we are.
The opening trio of exhibitions features artists of national significance who explore the human condition through themes of birth / death, love / loss, pleasure / pain and very present-day concerns such as plastic in the environment, refugee migration, fake news in politics and artificial intelligence.
us. universal stories
With a national / international interest and reach, the exhibition features work by significant contemporary artists whose practices tell stories about the human condition, transcending specific politics, culture, religion, gender, geographical location.
At its best, contemporary art suggests narratives that reflect on our nature, our values, and our diversity to help us understand our world and make sense of each other.
Featured artists: Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Lottie Consalvo, Richard Lewer with Felicity Law, Angelica Mesiti, Nell, Michal Rovner, Alex Seton, Chiharu Shiota, Christian Thompson and Sam Jinks.
Curator: Meryl Ryan
Wiyelliko is the Awabakal for speak, say, talk, converse, communicate.
This exhibition explores the elemental response of contemporary Aboriginal artists to their environment: connecting ancestral Dreaming – earthly memories handed down by the world’s oldest living oral tradition – speakingwith, speaking to and spoken by the elders and the elements themselves.
Listening, watching and conversing with the earth is how Aboriginal people survived and thrived, and is the foundation for all cultural knowledge and customs. The works in this exhibition underscore ancient cultural practice and lore, without conforming to any artistic disciplinary convention.
Featured artists: Nicole Chaffey, Jasmine Miikika Craciun, Nicole Monks, Lin Burrinja Onus and Arthur Koo'ekka Pambegan Jnr.
Curator: Donna Biles-Fernando in consultation with the Aboriginal Reference Group
be. (your collection) be remembered
This exhibition celebrates MAC yapang’s two most significant gifts: the Ruth Spenser Koman Bequest (of the Dobell collection) and the recent Shirley Firkin Bequest (comprising works from 1960s-70s by artists such as Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Robert Dickerson, Tom Gleghorn and Margaret Olley).
Using innovative collection-display models to ensure contemporary relevance, curator and art historian Dr Damian Smith brings fresh vision and perspective to the collection.
Curator: Damian Smith in consultation with Rob Cleworth