18 May – 9 July 2017
In Curtin University’s 50th anniversary year, the John Curtin Gallery is celebrating 50 years of Innovation with 50 artworks from the Curtin University Art Collection. The exhibition features local, national and international artists and Curtin University alumni who have contributed to the cultural life of the campus and the wider community since the Collection was established in 1968.
Curtin University’s Art Collection is one of the largest public collections in Western Australia with over 2,800 objects and a focus on Indigenous, Australian modernist and contemporary art. Many works from the Collection are featured in a dynamic Campus Display program throughout University buildings, across Curtin’s Bentley campus and CBD premises.
Artists featured in 50:50 include: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah; Brian Blanchflower; Marion Borgelt; Arthur Boyd; Revel Cooper, Brenda L Croft; Julie Dowling; Pippin Drysdale; Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont; John Firth-Smith; Guy Grey-Smith; Sandra Hill; Robert Juniper; Pantjiti Mary McLean and Nalda Searles; Akio Makigawa; Tracey Moffatt; Lloyd Rees; Deborah Paauwe; Christopher Pease; Ben Pushman; Miriam Stannage; Howard Taylor; Rover Thomas; Aida Tomescu and Anne Zahalka.
A public program featuring artist’s talks and other guest speakers will be held throughout the exhibition period. Visit the Gallery’s website or the Facebook page for details.
Ngamaru Bidu, Wikiri, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 152 x 106.5 cm. Curtin University Art Collection.
Image courtesy of the artist and Martumili Artists
A PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL EVENT
SUPPORTED BY VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM PARTNER WESFARMERS ARTS.
Until 30 APR
The John Curtin Gallery presents two major multi-screen film installations by internationally acclaimed Ghanaian-born British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah.
With an international career spanning three decades, Akomfrah creates powerfully immersive environments that envelope his audience. This striking exhibition is the first time Akomfrah’s work has ever been shown in Perth and headlines the visual arts program of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival.
Vertigo Sea was acclaimed as one of the standout projects at the 2015 Venice Biennale. This immersive multi-screened film installation is a dark, poetic contemplation of humanity’s relationship to the sea. Astonishing images of the earth’s oceanic diversity are counterpoised with archival footage of migration, including fatal sea crossings where people risk their lives to escape war and famine seeking better futures elsewhere. Vertigo Sea combines archival film footage and historical images with newly-filmed material and readings from classical sources into a powerfully confronting narrative.
Alongside Vertigo Sea is the Australian premiere of Akomfrah’s Auto Da Fé, a fictional narrative that puts current refugee crises into historical context. Connections between migration, displacement and persecution across four centuries are reimagined in the film’s fictional narrative.
John Akomfrah Auto Da Fé, 2016, Two channel HD colour video installation, 5.1 sound , 40.5 minutes © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery