Art as a Verb
Presented by MUMA in association with Melbourne Festival
3 October - 16 December 2014
Opening function: Saturday 4 October, 3-5pm
Curatorium: Charlotte Day, Francis E. Parker & Patrice Sharkey
Artists: Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Paweł Althamer & Artur Żmijewski, Francis Alÿs, Billy Apple, John Baldessari, Brown Council, Catherine or Kate, Clark Beaumont, Martin Creed, DAMP, John Davis, George Egerton-Warburton, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Emily Floyd, Ceal Floyer, Heath Franco, Alicia Frankovich, Andrea Fraser, Ryan Gander, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Matthew Griffin, Bianca Hester, Hi Red Center, Christopher L G Hill, Tehching Hsieh, Tim Johnson, Allan Kaprow, Peter Kennedy, Sister Mary Corita Kent, Anastasia Klose, Laresa Kosloff, Jiří Kovanda, George Kuchar, George Maciunas, Basim Magdy, Paul McCarthy, David McDiarmid, Ian Milliss, Kate Mitchell, Bruce Nauman, Rose Nolan, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Ariel Orozco, Deborah Ostrow, Mike Parr, Campbell Patterson, Kenny Pittock, Stuart Ringholt, Sarah Rodigari, Robert Rooney, Martha Rosler, Eva Rothschild, Tony Schwensen, Jill Scott, Kateřina Šedá, Christian Thompson, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Gabrielle de Vietri and Franz West
Art as a Verb is a major thematic exhibition that takes as its departure 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 a moment when 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 the varying roles of an artist (as instigator, facilitator, teacher, performer, consumer or visionary) fit within broader society? And how does the museum support art forms that function beyond the art object? Bringing together artworks from a wide range of Australian and international practitioners, Art as a Verb will feature documentation of actions and performances, situational pieces, instructional works, manifestoes and interactive props.
The Curtain Breathed Deeply
6 February - 2 April 2015
Coordinating curator: Geraldine Barlow
Sensory overload is the signature of this expansive video installation environment by Sydney-based artist Justene Williams. Coming to MUMA from Artspace, Sydney, The Curtain Breathed Deeply has been developed through the Catalyst: Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission. In what will be her largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, Williams will present a hypnotising landscape constructed from blended film sets, stage props and video installations. This major new work draws upon references to art history: Picasso, Leger and Kahlo; together with pop culture influences such as Hip Hop, 90s pop group Milli Vanilli and the Broadway musical A Chorus Line. Williams' choreographed videos blend references to Shamanism, Voodoo and Primitivism; she amasses a wealth of pattern, colour and texture, with layered references to her own childhood: memories of her father's wrecking yard, early dance classes, and experience constructing elaborate retail window displays. Found objects, mass produced materials and waste will be amongst the many materials transformed in this sequence of vivid theatrical and experiential environments.