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Art as a Verb

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

Charlotte Day, Patrice Sharkey and Francis E. Parker

3 October – 16 December 2014

Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, Adelaide
14 February – 26 April 2015

Artspace, Sydney
4 June – 30 August 2015

Art as a Verb was developed and presented by MUMA from 3 October – 16 December 2014 and toured to Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, and Artspace, Sydney, in 2015. The exhibition continued MUMA’s series of major thematic exhibitions and took 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 de-materialised, Art as a Verb presented a range of projects from the 1960s to today that challenge the traditional role of the artist and the site of the museum. Bringing together artworks from a wide range of Australian and international practitioners, Art as a Verb featured documentation of actions and performances, situational pieces, instructional works, manifestos and interactive props.

Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM) presented a condensed version of the exhibition to accommodate its smaller exhibition space and contributed some of its excellent holdings of conceptual art ephemera and artist multiples.

Artspace enlarged the exhibition by including a new multi-channel video installation by Clark Beaumont. In association with the exhibition Artspace hosted  a panel discussion, ‘Together, alone | Performance as it is and as it could be’, chaired by Artspace Curator Talia Linz and including MUMA’s Francis E. Parker and artists Emma Pike, Sarah Rodigari, Frances Barrett (of Brown Council) and the collaborative duo zin.

The catalogue, published by MUMA in 2014, which included a curatorial overview of the exhibition and commissioned texts by Victoria Lynn, Ian Milliss and Jarrod Rawlins, has sold out.

Image: Brown Council, What Do I Do? (1970-2009) 2009 (film still), sound and video: Fred Rodrigues. Courtesy of the artists