Thursday, March 12, 2015

ANNE MACDONALD // in group show 'Mad Women in the Attic?'

Image: Anne Macdonald, Party 2012-2013, Fine art inkjet print, edition of 5, 110x160cm

Artworks from Artereal Gallery artist, Anne MacDonald's Party project have been selected for inclusion in a group show entitled 'Mad Women in the Attic' at The Plimsoll Gallery in Hobart.

Running 3 March - 13 April and curated by Dr. Maria Kunda and Dr Mary Scott, the exhibition includes a selection of Tasmanian and international artists and writers to reflect upon and amplify the storehouse of female expression, to revise and re-envision these themes. The exhibition seeks to reprise the significant contributions by great women artists and writers to the Tasmanian College of the Arts public program over three decades and coincides with the 40th Anniversary of International Women's Year and 125th anniversary of the university of Tasmania.

A range of themes are explored in the exhibition: domestic relations; sexual politics; activism; queer and racial politics; empowerment; obscuration; the gaze; portraiture, self-portraiture and performance – the body as site of identity, vulnerability, power, intimacy, transgression, subversion, abjection, violation and masquerade.

In the curatorial text, Dr Kunda and Dr Scott write: "We are looking at a range of artists 'Mad Women in the Attic?' A revisiting of the archive will plunder the archive of the Plimsoll Gallery and the annals of the Artforum program at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (formerly the Tasmanian School of Art) the exhibition will reprise the significant contributions by great women artists and writers to the TCotA public program over three decades

The Plimsoll Gallery’s inventory of previously shown women artists includes many ‘greats’. As well as numerous local luminaries, preliminary research yields the names of numerous now internationally acclaimed artists who’ve appeared in the TCotA public program over the years: Marina Abramovic, Annette Bezor, Pat Brassington, Anne Brennan, Vivienne Binns, Sophie Calle, Barbara Campbell, Justine Cooper, Grace Cochrane, Mikala Dwyer, Carolyn Eskdale, Nola Farmer, Anne Ferran, Sylvia Fleury, Sue Ford, Julie Gough, Gwyn Hanssen-Piggott, Louise Hearman, Meryn Jones, Lindy Lee, Tracey Moffart, Susan Norrie, Jill Orr, Patricia Piccinini, Jackie Redgate, Julie Rrap, Sally Smart, Kathy Temin, Judy Watson, Anne Zahalka and Maria Kozic"


The Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart
Friday 13 March – Sunday 17 May, Wed to Mon 12pm-5pm (closed Tuesdays and public holidays)

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