​Friday 20 July
6.30pm—​8.00pm
 
Join UQ Art Museum for a No Lights, No Lycra event.

Immerse yourself in the ecstasy of dance. Spend 90 minutes dancing like there’s no one watching while listening to the skilful selection of music from artist and DJ Chris Bennie. The lights are low enough so you can move as you please, uninhibited.

(Despite the name, casual workout clothing (including Lycra) is permitted!

Amarillo Ramp
Bill Brown & Sabine Gruffat (2017)

Courtesy of Bill Brown & Sabine Gruffat

​Focus Points

An evening of films in conjunction with Robert Smithson: Time Crystals

104 minutes | 6:30pm, Tuesday 26 June, UQ Art Museum

James Tylor
Unresettling (Stone Tidal Fish Trap) 2016
from the series 'Unresettling (Hauntings)'
hand-coloured digital print on paper, edition 2/5
41 x 41 cm
Collection of the University of Queensland, purchased 2017.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 
Photo: Carl Warner

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, August 5, 2018 (All day)

10 March – 5 August 2018
 

Taking as its point of departure Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast 1968–1969, in site: process, performance, documentation juxtaposes Australian experimental art practice from the 1960s and 1970s with more recent artworks that explore related ideas. Performative, site-specific or conceptually based, many of the works engage with the landscape through documented interventions that connect to environmental, political, or artistic concerns.

Included are photographic series such as Tim Johnson’s ‘Fittings, Megalong Valley’ 1971 and James Tylor’s ‘Unresettling (Hauntings)’ 2016, Bonita Ely’s etching Life is full of situations 1978, and Robert MacPherson’s installed series of cut wash tubs GILGAI: RAIN, AND SIX KINDS OF RAIN, SEVEN FROG POEMS FOR CLEMENT WRAGGE 1990–1991. The exhibition responds thematically to Robert Smithson: Time Crystals, which will be displayed concurrently in the upstairs galleries. 

DAVE HULLFISH BAILEY | IAN BURN | TIM BURNS | CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE | NICI CUMPSTON | BONITA ELY | ANNE FERRAN | SHAUN GLADWELL | CLAIRE HEALY AND SEAN CORDEIRO | TIM JOHNSON | ROSEMARY LAING | ROBERT MACPHERSON | CLIVE MURRAY-WHITE | GLEN O’MALLEY | MIKE PARR | TIM SILVER | DARREN SIWES | JAMES TYLOR

Curators: Michele Helmrich and Samantha Littley


Public Programs

Clive Murray-White Smokework  
Friday 9 March 5.45 pm

Please join us for the restaging of Clive Murray-White’s Smokework (previously titled Smokebomb sculpture) 1971 on the lawn in front of the Forgan-Smith Tower, adjacent to the UQ Art Museum. More

Saturday 10 March 12 noon
Exhibition co-curator Michele Helmrich in conversation with artists Clive Murray-White and Glen O’Malley. RSVP

Robert Smithson 
Yucatan Mirror Displacements (1–9) (1969) (detail)
nine unique chromogenic prints from chromogenic slides (126 format)
61 x 61 cm
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by the Photography Committee and with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council and Executive Committee Members: Edythe Broad, Henry Buhl, Elaine Terner Cooper, Linda Fischbach, Ronnie Heyman, Dakis Joannou, Cindy Johnson, Barbara Lane, Linda Macklowe, Brian McIver, Peter Norton Foundation, Willem Peppler, Denise Rich, Rachel Rudin, David Teiger, Ginny Williams and Elliot K. Wolk, 1999.
Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY 
© Holt-Smithson Foundation/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy, 2017.

 

Saturday, March 10, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, July 8, 2018 (All day)


 

10 March – 8 July 2018
UQ Art Museum, Brisbane 

21 July – 22 September 2018
Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 
 

Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is the first exhibition in Australia dedicated to the work of American artist Robert Smithson (1938–1973). Best known for his radical land art of the 1960s and early 1970s, Smithson is now widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Inspired by ideas of crystalline geometry and non-biological time, he redefined abstraction and challenged art history, declaring that ‘Nature gives way to the incalculable cycles of nonduration.’

Featuring new research on the artist’s practice, Time Crystals presents sculpture, photography, film, drawings and texts borrowed from major Australian and international collections. It also includes the most extensive display of Smithson’s manuscript and archival material to date drawn from the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt Papers at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.  

Curators: Dr Amelia Barikin (The University of Queensland) and Professor Chris McAuliffe (Australian National University) 


Video

Opening

Friday 9 March 6.15 for 6.30 pm

opened by
Lisa Le Feuvre
Executive Director, Holt-Smithson Foundation
 

Public Programs

Clive Murray-White Smokework  
Friday 9 March 5.45 pm

Prior to the opening of Robert Smithson: Time Crystals join us for the restaging of Clive Murray-White’s Smokework (previously titled Smokebomb sculpture) 1971 on the lawn in front of the Forgan-Smith Tower, adjacent to the UQ Art Museum.

Saturday 10 March 11.00 am
Exhibition curators Amelia Barikin and Chris McAuliffe in conversation, chaired by Lisa Le Feuvre, inaugural Executive Director of the Holt-Smithson Foundation.

Thursday 19 April 4.00 pm
Loud art: After hours

Curate your own evening from a host of events: see the exhibition, dance, drop into a workshop, or enjoy a drink with friends. 

Saturday 2 June 1.00 – 6.00 pm
Symposium featuring national and international Smithson scholarsand exhibition curators.

Tuesday 29 May 6.30 pm
Against Entropy is the first in a series of three film screenings in conjunction with the Robert Smithson: Time Crystals exhibition.

Tuesday 12 June 6.30 pm
Crystal Constructs is the second in a series of three film screenings in conjunction with the Robert Smithson: Time Crystals exhibition. More. 

Tuesday 12 June 6.30 pm
Focus Points is the third in a series of three film screenings in conjunction with the Robert Smithson: Time Crystals exhibition. More. 

 


Exhibition Catalogue

Purchase the exhibition catalogue here


Media

  • View media release here
  • Download images for news and review here

 

                               

      

Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is a partnership between The University of Queensland Art Museum and Monash University Museum of Art.



This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

The exhibition has been developed in cooperation with the Holt-Smithson Foundation.