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2017 EXHIBITION PROGRAM

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Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time

11 February – 8 April 2017
Curator: Charlotte Day

MUMA presents Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time, the first major museum exhibition by Open Spatial Workshop (comprising artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). The exhibition continues OSW's exploration of the material relationships between sculpture and geology. Drawing on earth sciences  research  and studies of the Anthropocene, this new exhibition explores the connections between the mineral make-up of a site and the societies that are produced and sustained by it. In MUMA's galleries OSW will bring together new sculptural, video and sound works in assemblages with extended  support structures  that incorporate items from Museums Victoria’s Geosciences collection. For more information...


Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy

27 April – 8 July 2017
Curators: Charlotte Day and Hetti Perkins

Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy will be the first survey exhibition of one of Australia's leading Indigenous artists. Thompson, of the Bidjara people, works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore notions of identity, race and Australia's colonial history. He  made history himself as one of the first two Aboriginal Australians to be accepted into Oxford University, where he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) in 2015. For more information...


Future Eaters

22 July – 23 September 2017

Artists including: Hany Armanious (AUS); Benjamin Armstrong (AUS); Damiano Bertoli (AUS); Nina Cannell (SWE); Marley Dawson (AUS); Aleksandra Domanović (SVN); Alex Dordoy (GBR); Lewis Fidock & Joshua Petherick (AUS); Mira Gojak (AUS); Guan Xiao (CHN); Yngve Holen (NOR); Alex Israel (USA); Magali Reus (NLD); Anna Uddenberg (SWE); Anicka Yi (KOR)

Future Eaters presents a range of Australian and international artists working with sculptural practices in the technological age. For more information...


The humours

7 October – 16 December 2017
Curator: Hannah Mathews
Artists: Gabriel Abrantes (PRT), Barbara Cleveland (AUS); Matthew Griffin (AUS); Glenn Ligon (USA); Mary Reid Kelley (USA); and Mika Rottenberg (ARG)

The humours is an international group exhibition that brings together new and recent works to consider how artists employ strategies of comedy and absurdity. Rather than identifying 'what is funny', the exhibition looks more closely at 'what makes funny' and how artists use various comedic personalities, strategies and tropes (including bodily movement, scripted dialogue, timing, exaggeration of scale and situation) to reveal more serious concerns about race, labor, gender and history. For more information...


Image: Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell), Research image of 23–million-year-old Kauri log fossil, Museums Victoria Collection, P 228203, 2016.  Photo: Open Spatial Workshop