Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
14 March to 11 June 2001
Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Howard Arkley, Jill Bangamala, Laurie Baymaralla, Joseph Beuys, Kate Beynon, Ruby Bilidja, Barbara Bloom, Paul Boston, Arthur Boyd, Jackie Bunkaniyal, Lynette Burida, Stephen Bush, Sophie Calle, Sandro Chia, Tony Clark, Tracey Cooper, Tony Dhanyala, Dhapalang, Lena Djamarraykku, Rosie Djunmujungurr, John Firth-Smith, Fiona Foley, Elizabeth Gamalanga, Rosalie Gascoigne, Margaret Gubalarrbarr, Keith Haring, Barbara Hepworth, Louise Hopkins, Susan Inmingala, Ruby Jinmanga, Michael Johnson, Tim Johnson, Nancy Kaibirama, Anchor Kalunba, Elizabeth Kanabuma, Maria Kozic, Nikolaus Lang, Margaret Lanpupu, Sherrie Levine, Margaret Lolop, Daphne Malarirr, Minnie Manarrjala, Marrangu, Linda Marrinon, John Mawurndjul, Anne-Marie May, Mabel Mayangal, Colin McCahon, Peter Milaynga, Maudie Milmilpinny, Shirley Minjingala, Elizabeth Mipilangurr, Ruby Mordabiya, Margaret Morgan, Yasumasa Morimura, Ben Nicholson, Mike Parr, Robert Rauschenberg, Lena Rungwarnga, Mary Sananggai, Becky Singleton, Antoni Tapies, Imants Tillers, Rosemarie Trockel, Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson, Boyd Webb, Stefan Wewerka, Rosie Wulungurr, Nancy Yalabuma and John Young
MCA Unpacked was an exhibition drawn from the MCA’s collections. In this exhibition, seven individuals distinguished in the humanities, science, law, politics and the arts chose thematic groupings from the collection, creating displays that were meaningful to them and reflected their personal interests or professional training.
The selectors were filmmaker Jane Campion; research scientist Professor Adrienne Clarke; fashion designer Akira Isogawa; writer Drusilla Modjeska; Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company, Graeme Murphy; magistrate Dr Pat O’Shane; and former Chairperson of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, Dr Evelyn Scott.
This exhibition aimed to open the MCA’s collections up to new interpretations and perspectives. With no curatorial restrictions placed upon the selectors, each display varied in its style, theme and presentation. Essays by each selector outlined their approach to the selection process, describing which works they selected and why. From art storage to gallery floor, MCA Unpacked moved away from the standard museum-curated exhibition, proposing an alternative model for ‘unpacking’ the visual culture of our time.
The exhibition was continued in 2003 with a second iteration, MCA Unpacked II.
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 26 October – 2 December 2001
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW: 13 December 2001 – 26 January 2002
Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 26 April – 2 June 2002
Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW: 17 July – 25 August 2002
Taree Regional Gallery, NSW: 6 September – 6 October 2002
Port Maquarie-Hastings Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 4 September – 20 October 2002
Caloundra Regional Gallery, Qld: 4 December 2002 – 26 January 2003
Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Qld: 7 February – 13 April 2003
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW: 12 May – 17 August 2003