string theory: Focus on
contemporary Australian art

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 16 August – 27 October 2013
Curator: Glenn Barkley


Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Minyma Punu Kungkarangkalpa, 2013. Installation view, string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art, MCA, 2013. Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013. Image courtesy and © Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPYWomen’s Council. Photograph: Alex Davies

Tjanpi Desert WeaversMinyma Punu Kungkarangkalpa, 2013. Installation view, string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art, MCA, 2013. Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013. Image courtesy and © Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPYWomen’s Council. Photograph: Alex Davies

About the exhibition:

‘string theory’ is a scientific term that speculates on the theory of everything -  the open-ended expansion and connections of ideas, stories and techniques.

This exhibition included extraordinary pieces from a diverse range of Aboriginal artists working with expanded notions of textile and craft traditions. From sculpture to photography, painting to video.

Curated by then MCA Senior Curator, Glenn Barkley, the work of over 30 artists and artist groups, many of whom will be new to audiences, is featured. Artworks made especially for this exhibition include Yukuwa (Feather string yam vine) by Frances Djulibing and one hundred metres of hand-made string by artists from Yirrkala.

Presented in the largest gallery space on the MCA's Level 3, string theory included its very own shop, giving visitors the opportunity to take home the works of exhibiting artists as well as a range or work by other makers.

Artists included in string theory: Tony Albert, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi , Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art & Culture Studio, Frances Djulibing, Robyn Djunginy, Lola Greeno, Dale Harding, Evelyn McGreen, Lipaki Marlyapa, Dhundhunga 2 Munungurr, Noongar Doll Makers, Laurie Nilsen, Alison Page, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Jimmy Pike, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tasmanian Shell Necklace Makers, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Vicki West, Warrambool Dreaming – Lighting Ridge, Yirrkala Printmakers


TOUR ITINERARY:

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: 16 August – 27 October 2013
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts: 15 Nov 2013 – 5 Jan 2014
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: 8 March – 13 July 2014
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery: 16 September – 10 November 2014
Cairns Regional Gallery: 13 Mar–10 May 2015
Wollongong Art Gallery: 6 June – 30 August 2015
Glasshouse Port Macquarie: 18 Sept – 29 November 2015