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Art as a Verb

Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, Adelaide

14 February – 26 April 2015

ARTSPACE, Sydney

4 June – 30 August 2015

Curators: Charlotte Day, Patrice Sharkey and Francis E. Parker

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.