Wallworks is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by Los Angeles-based artist Fiona Connor. Quoting existing architectural languages in her installations and sculptures, Connor considers how context and display can condition our perception of an object or artwork. Wallworks sees Connor work with the Monash University Collection to playfully upend the conventions of museum display. Recreating the location and installation of a number of artworks that hang in offices, lecture theatres and public spaces across the university’s campuses, Wallworks provides an intimate look at the life of artwork after entering an institutional collection.
Art as a Verb is a major thematic exhibition that takes as its starting point the concept of art as action, both inside the gallery and beyond. Drawing upon the unbridled energy and anarchy of fluxus and happenings, and looking back to the moment that art dematerialised, Art as a Verb presents a range of projects from the 1960s to today that challenge the traditional role of the artist and the site of the museum. What constitutes the work of an artist? How do artists' activities (as educator, instigator, activist, performer, service provider, guru, etc.) fit within the bigger picture of society? And how does the museum support art forms that function beyond the art object?