[Sneak peek] The culturally universal shape of a smile. Part of Nell's new work presented in ‘The National 2017: New Australian Art’. Opens Thursday 30 March: [ Goo.gl Link ]


Nell, ‘With things being as they are …’ (detail) 2017, image courtesy the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Station Gallery © the artist.
[#untoldwomen] Thank you for joining us for #untoldwomen where we looked into the little-known women hidden in our Collection artworks. Tell us in the comments below about an #untoldwomen you want the world to know about:

Thank you to our Collection Partner Qantas.

Artwork: John Nixon, ‘Untitled’ 1988 © the artist.
[#untoldwomen 5] Sally Smart’s works dissect the idea and the history of feminine representation. Through collaging, cutting and layering, artist Sally Smart engages with the history of a female avant-garde and an ongoing excavation of the idea of identity – one that she suggests is fragmented and layered, capable of being deconstructed and reconstructed in an ongoing process of historical and...
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[#untoldwomen 4] Linda Marrinon’s ‘Screwball’ depicts a seated woman with objects on a table. At first the objects – a baseball and a screw – seem random and unrelated, although the title of the work hints at their connection. ‘Screwball’ is a genre of film, popular in the 1930s and 1940s, which revolved around a battle of the sexes, in which masculinity is threatened by a dominating female....
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[Install in progress] Artist Rose Nolan on site installing her work ‘Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work)’ (2016–17) for ‘The National 2017: New Australian Art’. See her performative painting among 47 other artists' works from March 30: [ Goo.gl Link ]

[#untoldwomen 3] Making the familiar strange, Pat Brassington’s uncanny and intriguing imagery interrupts traditional notions of the feminine, raising questions about how we define ‘women’. She says: ‘It’s not my intention to feminise the image by using pink. It’s nastier than that. Pink smothers.’ – Pat Brassington, 2006: [ Goo.gl Link ]

#untoldwomen #MCACollection #MCAnow

Pat Brassington...
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[#untoldwomen 2] Mabel Juli began painting through the encouragement of senior female Warmun artist Queenie McKenzie. She says, ‘I started painting when the old girl [Queenie McKenzie] was here. She told me, ‘You try that painting’, and I started to paint. I was doing that Garnkiny [Moon]; that’s the painting I started with – because my mother and father told me that Ngarranggarni [Dreaming]...
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Ruinart was the first Champagne house to collaborate with an artist, did you know? Artists and collaboration are at the heart of the MCA, and so here’s a toast to Ruinart who just became an official MCA Partner: [ Goo.gl Link ]

Image: Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2017, : Ken Leanfore
Happy 88th Birthday #YayoiKusama !

This Yayoi Kusama installation was shown at the MCA in the 2009 exhibition 'Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years'.

Yayoi Kusama 'I’m here but nothing' 2000, installation view, MCA, 2009, image courtesy the artist, Yayoi Kusama Studio, Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo © the artis.
Ronnie is in the building. ‘The National 2017: New Australian Art’ opens 30 March….[ Goo.gl Link ]


Artwork: Ronnie van Hout, ‘Sitting Figure I’, 2016, installation progress view, ‘The National 2017: New Australian Art’, 2017. Image courtesy the artist, Darren Knight Gallery and STATION © the artist.
[#untoldwomen 1] ‘Untitled (for Mary Webb)’ (2005) is more than a carpet. It is a woven floorwork that pays homage to an overlooked woman in art history - Australian artist Mary Webb. Mary Webb bridged the art worlds of Sydney and Paris in the post-war years. Although she was a notable mid-century avant-gardist and pioneering collage artist, little is known of Webb today. Through his woven...
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We had a special visitor from the Sydney Swans today. Cyggy was in Circular Quay to celebrate the start of the new AFL season! #ProudlySydney

Artwork: Brook Andrew 'Warrang' 2012.
[Gallery update] Over the next 10 days, our Level 1 & Level 3 galleries will be closed as we install two exciting new exhibitions (stay tuned!). ‘MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday’ will still be open on Level 2. Follow us over the next five days for #untoldwomen as we unearth some of the ways that women – from communities to individuals – are explored through our Collection works ...
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Dale Frank, 'Every time I glance it's just not me', 2014, installation view, 'MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday', Museum of Contemporary Art Australia', 2016, photograph: Sam Whiteside
[Last days] ‘Primavera at 25: MCA Collection’ brings together works by 22 artists and artist groups, who have previously been a part of our annual Primavera exhibition which showcases the works of young Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Closing at 5pm this Sunday. #PrimaveraMCA [ Bit.ly Link ]

Installation view, Primavera at 25: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia,...
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Last month, MCA Young Ambassadors took a tour of Brian and Rosemary White's personal collection. Ray White are long-time supporters of the MCA. Take a peek
Post-apocalyptic fantasy, Latin pop star memorial and artist talks up the wazoo! #nationalAU

The National 2017: New Australian Art – Opening Events

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[Save the date] From 26 May, the MCA façade will illuminate, morph and abstract with ‘Organic Vibrations’ – a collaboration between artist Julia Gorman and Paris-based production company, Danny Rose #VividSydney

Vivid Sydney 2017 at the MCA

In ‘Some Kinds of Duration’ Nicholas Mangan considers the cycle of obsolescence and decay in material culture, to its revival and renewal in other cultures and forms. See the artwork in Primavera at 25: MCA Collection, closing at 5pm this Sunday 19 March. #PrimaveraMCA [ Bit.ly Link ]

Nicholas Mangan, ‘Some Kinds of Duration’, 2011, installation view, ‘Primavera at 25: MCA Collection’,...
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