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Extra-Aesthetic: 25 Views of the Monash University Collection

1 December 2005 – 25 March 2006

James Angus, Howard Arkley, Bashir Baraki, Chris Barry, Kate Beynon, Terri Bird, Pat Brassington, Ian Burn, Stephen Bush, Alison Burton, John Brack, Arthur Boyd, John Campbell and Tim Jones, Kevin O’Connor, Adam Cullen, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Merilyn Fairskye, Diena Georgetti, Simryn Gill, Francisco de Goya, Guan Wei, Brent Harris, Louise Hearman, Kitty Kantilla, Lean King-Smith, Maria Kozic, Rosemary Laing, Richard Larter, John Longstaff, Elwyn Lynn, Fiona McDonald, Bea Maddock, Roy de Maistre, Conrad Martens, Tracey Moffatt, Callum Morton, Clive Murray-White, John Neeson, Rose Nolan, Sidney Nolan, David Noonan, Susan Norrie, John Perceval, Patricia Piccinini, Neil Roberts, Tom Roberts, Robert Rooney, Jeffrey Smart, Ricky Swallow, Edwin Tanner, Imants Tillers, Peter Tyndall, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, David Wadelton, John Walker, Lyndal Walker, Roy Wiggan, Fred Williams, Anne Zahalka and Constanze Zikos

Max Delany and Kirrily Hammond

Monash University Museum of Art presents Extra-Aesthetic: 25 views of the Monash University Collection, an exhibition that involves 25 academics from diverse disciplines across the University who have been invited to select and write about works from the collection. The exhibition provides a vivid representation of the range of research occurring at Monash, and the depth and breadth of the Monash University Collection.

The exhibition involves some of the most intriguing thinkers across the university, including leading experts across the humanities and sciences, offering new perspectives on the collection, which is a leading representation of contemporary Australian art since the 1960s. Artistic Director, Max Delany explains: Extra-aesthetic comprises 25 mini-exhibitions, selected by leading academics at Monash, who have been given carte-blanche to explore the collection from the standpoint of diverse disciplines, from cyber culture to cloning, history to psychoanalysis, information technology to artificial intelligence, Indigenous studies and the law, among others.

To coincide with the exhibition, the Monash University Museum of Art has published an extensive catalogue, featuring participants’ responses to the works, with an introductory essay by MUMA’s Assistant Curator – Collection, Kirrily Hammond.

Exhibition Catalogue:
Extra-Aesthetic: 25 views of the Monash University Collection

Image: Fred Williams, Portrait of Sir Louis Matheson 1976, oil on canvas, Monash University Collection, Commissioned 1976