MCA Collection - Today Tomorrow Yesterday
- When 1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2018
140 George Street The Rocks Sydney, Australia
Drawn entirely from the Museum of Contemporary Art's Collection, Today Tomorrow Yesterday is a multi-room exhibition of work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australian artists. From contemporary interpretations of ancestral stories to the continuing effects of early to mid-twentieth-century avant-garde ideas, each room presents a different perspective on the history of the present.
Concerned primariily with notions of the past and the influece of history on contemporary artistic practice, the exhibition draws it's title from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. He wrote: “…yesterday is but to-day’s memory, and to-morrow is to-day’s dream”.
As well as reflecting on the passing of time, the title refers metaphorically to the Museum’s challenging role in shaping a collection of contemporary Australian art that is simultaneously of its moment and hinged to history. The title and exhibition reference the circular, timeless wonderment of today, tomorrow and yesterday, and samples the various featured artists explorations of social, political, cultural and aesthetic histories.
Curated by MCA Senior Curator Natasha Bullock, Today Tomorrow Yesterday includes work by more than forty artists from the 1960s to the present, among them UNSW Art & Design alum Joan Ross, Mikala Dwyer, and Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith of the Barbara Cleveland collective (previously Brown Council.)