Past Exhibitions 2012

Image: A Doll's House 1994

Jodie Cunningham and Paul Murray:
Tracing breath – Inhalation of place

Sat 3 November – Sun 3 February
Gallery 4

This work explores the containment of time in the membranes of body
and home, creating a palimpsest of the events, emotions, relationships
and coded stories that permeate our memories and histories.

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Image: A Doll's House 1994

ACTivated: Canberra Repertory Society
1932 – 2012

Sat 29 September – Sun 20 January
Collections Gallery

This exhibition marks the 80th anniversary of Canberra Repertory
Society celebrating the Society’s dedication, artistic vision, community
and longevity. It presents a selection of plays and players, props
and costumes, stage and lighting designers, builders and makers.

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Merryn Sommerville

Mon 5 November 2012 – Sun 6 January 2013
Ramp Showcase

Merryn Sommerville is the recipient of the inaugural CMAG
Showcase Exhibition Award for an ANU School of Art graduating
student, part of the School’s Emerging Artists Support Scheme.

Image: Rupert BunnyFemme au chapeau brun (Woman in a brown hat), (detail), c 1917. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1976

Australian Portraits 1880 - 1960

Sat 1 September – Sun 21 October
Gallery 2-3

This major travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of
Australia’s collection provides a diverse representation of Australians
– from theatrical Victorians and Edwardians to flappers, bushrangers
and fashion icons. Fifty-four portraits by leading painters are
featured including Tom Roberts, Grace Cossington Smith, Sidney
Nolan and John Brack.

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For further information on the exhibition:

Click here to visit the NGA web site

Australian portraits 1880-1960
A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions
Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming
to improve access to the national collections for all Australians; and Visions
of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia. The Exhibition Partner for Australian portraits
1880-1960 is the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund. The exhibition is also supported by Media Partner ABC Local Radio.

Image: Andrew TOWNSEND and Suzie BLEACH, What Lies Beneath, 2012

Andrew Townsend and Suzie Bleach:
What Lies Beneath

Sat 11 August – Sun 21 October
Gallery 4

This exciting installation draws on the collective imagination of artists and adventurers in transforming the glass-walled space of CMAG’s external gallery into a mysterious submarine world populated by monsters of the deep, fabricated from welded steel and salvaged materials. Be delighted, be afraid!


From A to Z: Robert Messenger's typewriters

Closing this Sunday 16 September
Open Collections Gallery

Canberra journalist Robert Messenger showcases his  amazing collection of rare, beautiful and historic typewriters
and typewriter ephemera.

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Further information

To hear Robert Messenger interviewed
by Ginger Gorman on ABC Radio 666
Click here

Image: Kerry Shepherdson, Labyrinth, 2011, acrylic on canvas

Kerry Shepherdson: Handwork

Sat 23 June – Sun 26 August
Ramp Showcase

Works produced during an artist’s studio residency pilot at Lanyon, inspired by the homestead’s historic interiors and gardens.

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Image: Ruth Waller, Op phase (Visitation) © Ruth Waller/Licensed by Viscopy, 2012

Word of mouth: encounters with abstract art

Sat 23 June – Sun 19 August
Gallery 2/3

Wrap your head around the work of nineteen contemporary
artists engaged in a dialogue on abstract art. Established local
artists are joined by exciting new voices in glass, painting,
print media and sculpture.

Featuring work by Lionel Bawden, Emma Beer, Vivienne Binns,
Richard Blackwell, Julie Brooke, Christopher Carmody, Liz Coats,
Nadège Desgenétez, Mel Douglas, Marie Hagerty, Greg Hodge,
Dan Lorrimer, Peter Maloney, Dioni Salas-Hammer, Helen Shelley,
Bryan Spier, Ruth Waller, Jonathan Webster, Richard Whiteley.

Installation images

Image: Alois Mikula standing in front of a Cromwell tank c1946


Sat 10 March - Sun 1 July
Open Collections Gallery

Each year the ACT Government recognises the unique contribution made to the community by people who have lived in the ACT for fifty years or more.

This exhibition recognises some of the individuals who have made their lives in Canberra: bringing up family, making friends, surviving adversity and cherishing good times. CMAG appreciates their generosity in sharing these stories and loaning precious family objects for this exhibition.

CMAG thanks Ann-Marie Jordens for carrying out oral histories with Canberra Gold recipients and the ACT Heritage Library for making the recordings available.

Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today

24 March 2012 – 10 June 2012
Gallery 2

Explore the diversity of picture books being created by Australian illustrators over the past decade. Celebrating the National Year of Reading, 2012, this exhibition encourages and promotes visual literacy amongst young children through engagement and participation.

Further information at http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/look


The Legacy of Ruth Prowse

11 February – 29 April
Gallery 5

Ruth Prowse was director of Gallery Huntly in Canberra between
1974 to 2005 and who developed an extensive and sophisticated
collection of contemporary art. This exhibition of works in print media
and painting has been selected from one hundred and seventy one
works of art donated to CMAG by the heirs of Ruth Prowse in her memory.

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Old Bones - New Insights

3 December 2011 - 26 February 2012
Open Collection

Old bones, new insights - physics has joined palaeontology at the
ANU using 3D X-ray scanning to reveal new evidence of early vertibrae evolution. Over the past 40 years the Wee Jasper area has yeilded
fossil treasures which now showcase a once diverse coral reef - 400
million years ago.

Click to link to ABC 666 story and interview with Tim Senden,
Gavin Young and landholder, Ian Cathles.

Click to view: STVDIO ArtBreak Erica Seccombe on her
collaboration with ANU’s Department of Applied Mathematics

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Site Visit 18 February click for Information

King O'Malley

29 October 2011 - 12 March 2012
Gallery 2/3

King O'Malley, an insurance salesman from the United States of America, injected colour into Australian politics from his election in 1896 until his death in 1953. He represented the Tasmanian electorate of Darwin for sixteen years, acting as Minister for Home Affairs at the time the competition to design Canberra was held, and the federal capital was named. Displayed together for the first time, the physical remains of the life of King O'Malley will be exhibited in an attempt to better understand the man, the politician and the legend.

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17 December 2011 - 26 February 2012
Gallery 4

Peter Vandermark's installation of light sculptures - on the floor,
suspended from the ceiling and mounted on the walls - form a single
entity within the gallery space.

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