A Different Temporality: Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice 1975-1985

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Micky Allan | Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley | Bonita Ely | Sue Ford | Helen Grace | Lyndal Jones | Jenny Watson

13 October - 17 December 2011Guest Curator: Dr Kyla McFarlane
Presented in association with Melbourne Festival
Supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation

A Different Temporality brings together feminist approaches to temporality in the visual arts, with a focus on late 1970s and early 1980s Australia. Rather than an encyclopaedic summation of feminist practice at that time, selected works reflect prevalent debates and modes of practice; with a focus upon the dematerialisation of the art object, the role of film theory, and the adoption of diaristic and durational modes of practice, including performance, photography and film.

Spanning a decade within two decades, and marking a significant time for feminist art practice in Australia, A Different Temporality presents a materially and politically diverse selection of works by selected artists that engage with temporality as both metaphor and subject. Whilst their respective works may not openly exemplify an overriding logic, their durational emphasis brings together feminist approaches to history and experience, as well as conceptual investigations of cinematic time and montage, ephemerality and event, repetition and flow - forms and ideas which continue to resonate in the present.
Presenting the work of Micky Allan, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Bonita Ely, Sue Ford, Helen Grace, Lyndal Jones and Jenny Watson, A Different Temporality continues MUMA's commitment to considering the recent history of contemporary art since the 1960s and is presented in association with the 2011 Melbourne Festival.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour publication, which has been generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation. It will include a major new contribution to the scholarship on Australian feminist art history from Dr Kyla McFarlane as well as important reviews and supporting texts from the 1970s and 80s, including notably, a previously unpublished interview conducted by Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley with the American conceptual artist, feminist, educator, and writer, Mary Kelly, in 1982.
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Public Programs

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Artists Bonita Ely & Micky Allan
Tuesday 18 October 12.30 - 1.30pm
Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus
Film, Post-material practise and Feminism
A panel discussion chaired by Anne Marsh, with artists Helen Grace, Lyndal Jones, Janet Burchill and curator Dr Kyla McFarlane
Wednesday 19 October 6.00-7.30pm
Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus
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Artist Janet Burchill

Saturday 12 November 12.30-1.30pm
Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus