9 July – 13 November 2016
In 2016, the UQ Art Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary. Over its history much has changed: four directors have guided the institution’s core cultures; the Art Museum, first established in the top two floors of the University’s Forgan Smith Tower, moved to the repurposed Mayne Centre – formerly the University’s Graduation Hall; and the University’s Art Collection has increased tenfold.
In keeping with the Art Museum’s foundational aims, the development of the Collection and the exhibition program has been led largely by the desire to unpack ‘the contemporary’ – works of art that interrogate, critique and record the present moment. beyond the Tower provides us with the opportunity to look back over the changes and challenges of the past and, with that as context, to set the compass for the decade ahead.
Curators: Campbell Gray and Samantha Littley
Friday 15 July 6.15 for 6.30 pm
to be opened by
Mr Peter Varghese AO
The University of Queensland
Saturday 16 July 2.00 pm
Join exhibition curators Dr Campbell Gray and Samantha Littley for a tour of the exhibition, followed by a conversation with inaugural Director Dr Nancy Underhill.
6 August – 30 October 2016
Taking its title from an artwork by Destiny Deacon, Over the fence features the work of 18 Indigenous artists engaged in the field of photography. Indigenous art is often political, and these artists address various contentious issues, including identity, representation, racism, religious influence and the exploitation of land. The artworks in Over the fence are drawn from the private collection of art patron and philanthropist Patrick Corrigan AM, a long-time supporter of contemporary Australian art.
The exhibition includes works by Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Mervyn Bishop, Bindi Cole, Michael Cook, Brenda L Croft, Nici Cumpston, Destiny Deacon, Fiona Foley, Leah King-Smith, Ricky Maynard, Tracey Moffatt, Michael Riley, Darren Siwes, Christian Thompson and James Tylor.
Curator: Gordon Craig
Friday 12 August 6.15 for 6.30 pm
to be opened by
Ms Avril Quaill
Partnerships Manager, Arts Queensland
and founding member, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative
Wednesday 31 August 12.00 pm
Indigenous writer Graham Akhurst has created a series of poems in response to five photographs in the exhibition.
- Listen here
Wednesday 7 September 6:00 pm
Please join Associate Professor Sally Butler, Research Fellow Michael Aird and exhibiting artists Brenda Croft and Vernon Ah Kee in a conversation about photography and Indigenous visual politics.
Free. All welcome.
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