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Archive for Legacy

13/7/2018

LEGACY+… collecting contemporary

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Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)
Curator: Anouska Phizacklea, MGA


LEGACY+… collecting contemporary

Hoda Afshar | Pat Brassington | David Rosetzky | 18 July – 19 August 2018

Petrina Hicks | Darren Sylvester | Christian Thompson | 22 August – 19 September 2018


MGA’s collection is incredibly unique; the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian
photography. Over the last three decades, the collection has grown exponentially and now numbers
over 3,100 works that narrate the history of photography in Australia. The collection has continued
to develop in depth and significance through a combination of acquisitions and donated works.
LEGACY+ … collecting contemporary features two pop‐up exhibitions which show how acquisitions
and donations work in concert with each other. This dynamic conversation is at the heart of how a
public collection can grow and become an incredible cultural asset for the community, one that
reflects, responds and speaks to the importance of photography, of public collections, and ensures
future generations have access to our shared cultural history and one of the most important artistic
mediums of our time.

Image left: Hoda AFSHAR Untitled #4 2015–17 from the series Behold pigment ink‐jet print 95.0 x 120.0 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist
Image right: David ROSETZKY Karlo 2017 gelatin silver print 67.2 x 57.2 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery (Melbourne)

An important aspect of the MGA collection is supporting the work of contemporary artists. LEGACY+
focuses on key works in the collection by leading artists. These small vignettes place the works and
artists in conversation with each other resulting in surprising connections that elicits a powerful
narrative.

The first exhibition showcases the work of Afshar, Brassington and Rosetzky who create narratives
within their practice, with performative, experimental and chance encounters tying these works
together.

The second exhibition explores the work of Hicks, Sylvester and Thompson whose practices
reference contemporary pop culture in staged scenes or tableaus that invite the viewer to delve past
the enticing imagery and deep into the undertows.

Image left: Christian THOMPSON Conjure by moon 2013 from the series Pagan sun chromogenic print 120.0 x 120.0 cm Monash
Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid (Sydney)
Image right: Darren SYLVESTER #3 2010 from the series What happens will happen chromogenic print 120.0 x 90.0 cm Monash
Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf (Sydney)

Emerging to established: getting your work seen, and ultimately, collected | Panel discussion
2–3pm Saturday 14 July 2018 | FREE EVENT


Join Charles Justin, Justin Art House Museum, Janelle Low, artist, Sophia Cai, independent curator,
Helen Frajman, Director M.33, and panel chair Anouska Phizacklea MGA Director, as they explore
what it means to take the next step in your career as an artist, how to get your work into exhibitions
and ultimately into private and public collections.

LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. | 15 June – 19 September 2018
LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. celebrates the impact benefactors have had on the development
of one of the nation’s most unique and important collections, a collection dedicated to Australian
photography and its artists. LEGACY teases out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the
works, and along the way showcases significant works that chart the history of MGA, from a Joseph
Albers tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to the most
recent donated works.

The legacy continues | 18 July – 19 September 2018
Vignettes: series, performance, experimental and the experiential


This intimate vignette draws on MGA’s collection of donated works and examines the different
approaches photographers use to explore subject matter. A diverse range of works are brought
together which intersect and coalesce in strange and beautiful ways. There is a particular focus on
photographers who use long-form narratives to explore their subject matter through a series of
works. Some embrace chance and experimentation through cameraless techniques, others capture
the complexities of modernity through documentary photography and performance, while others
explore the intricacies of our landscape and memory.

Director’s walk‐through with Anouska Phizacklea
2pm Saturday 28 July 2018 | FREE EVENT

Join MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea, and discover the story of the MGA Collection. Anouska will
lead visitors on a walk‐through of LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. highlighting key works of the
MGA collection.
Anouska will tease out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the works and their donors,
and along the way showcases significant works that chart the history of MGA, from a Joseph Albers
tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to the most recent
donated works by some of Australia's most significant artists.

High‐res images and interviews are available upon request


MGA partners City of Monash | Creative Victoria
Exhibition partner Mercedes‐Benz Waverley
Program partners Chain of Ponds | Gomersal Wines | Bright Brewery | Haymes Paint
Design partner Design by Pidgeon
Community awareness partner Cristine Jones – Ray White

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