UQ Art Museum: Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power

This evening I attended the opening of Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power at The University of Queensland Art Museum. In 2015 I completed my Honours in history focusing on the memorialisation of the Salem Witch Trials in Salem and Danvers, Massachusetts. Needless to say, I have a very special place in my heart for anything to do with witchcraft. I was really looking forward to this exhibition and jumped at the chance to attend the opening.

Exhibition Aim

Before entering the exhibition, there is a panel explaining why this exhibition has been curated and what it’s hoping to achieve. According to the panel, the historical etchings and contemporary artworks seek to depict or disrupt ideas of witchcraft. Whereas some of the historic pieces have quite stereotypical depictions, the contemporary works delve deeper into themes of gender, nature and sexuality, to name a few.

It worked really well not having the works displayed chronologically. Instead, as the panel states, the exhibition becomes less literal and more open to interpretation. If I were seeing purely historic artworks, I would argue the opposite and hope they would be displayed in some sort of chronological or geographical way.

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Australian Museum: Whales/Tohorā

Thank you Ziggy for yet another fantastic blog post! Enjoy reading about the Whales/Tohorā exhibition currently on display at the Australian Museum.

The Whales/Tohorā exhibition, currently on at the Australian Museum, explores the evolution and biological diversity of whales, and their significant role in the cultural history and heritage of South Pacific Islanders. This exhibition was created by, and is on loan from, Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand).

All images included in this post are courtesy of Te Papa or the Australian Museum and have been retrieved from the Australian Museum website. Click here to visit the website.A huge thank you to Claire Vince and the Media and Communications Team at the Australian Museum for providing us with the following images and videos. Attribution information can be found beneath each image. Read More »

Vitra 100 Miniatures Exhibition

Words cannot really express how bizarre it was seeing this exhibition of 100 miniature chairs inside St John’s Anglican Cathedral. For quite some time the exhibition was scheduled to be on display at the Living Edge Brisbane Showroom – hosts of the exhibition. I can only imagine something happened last minute and this was no longer possible. Either that, or the decision was made to make this a truly spiritual experience.

The exhibition contains 100 miniature chairs, all in their own little Perspex box. The first chair is from 1870 and the final, from 1990. They essentially look like doll house chairs – if that helps you to visualise what is meant by the word miniature. There are three components I want to discuss: layout, content, and labels.Read More »

Update: Museums I’d Love to Visit

Despite the fact that Valentine’s Day was yesterday in Australia, it is still technically the correct day to be posting this in other parts of the world. Every year, I write a little something on museums/heritage and the theme of love. I am taking the opportunity this year to reflect on my post from 2017, Museums I’d Love to Visit. Let’s see how many I have been able to tick off my list.

1. Mütter Museum – Philadelphia

The number one museum on my list in 2017 was the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. A few months after writing the blog post, in November, I presented at a conference in Boston. I decided to make the journey to Philadelphia specifically to visit this museum and to explore the city. Not only did it live up to my expectations, but, it was also one of the most interesting and intriguing museums I have ever visited.Read More »

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: Star Wars: Identities

A huge thanks to Ziggy Potts for writing his thoughts on the new Star Wars exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Happy reading!

Hello again,

Being a massive Star Wars fan, one of the highlights of the holiday period was going to see the new blockbuster exhibition Star Wars: Identities, currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum. This exhibition was fascinating and a very enjoyable experience, revolving around the mythos of Star Wars and featuring many of the movie props from the entire franchise. It highlights a psychological perspective and interpretation of the material that I had not really considered despite being an avid fan since first seeing The Phantom Menace in 1999. Star Wars: Identities explores the characters and settings of the Star Wars Universe to reflect on and discuss the psychological aspects that make up our own personal identities. This leaves the visitor pondering questions of who we are and why we do the things that we do.Read More »

Carriageworks: Nick Cave, Until

When I first heard about this exhibition I thought wow, the Australian singer Nick Cave has an exhibition opening at Carriageworks! I soon discovered that there is also an American artist called Nick Cave. Just goes to show I do not operate in the world of contemporary art. Thank you to the other people out there who thought the exact same thing and have made me feel much less foolish.

Nick Cave (artist)

Nick Cave’s first collection of works, titled Soundsuit, were created in response to the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles. The artworks are made from a variety of mediums including fabric and twigs. Their aim, to highlight social justice in a way that is both empowering and confronting.Read More »

Sydney Jewish Museum: The Fate of Things

In October 2018 I wrote a review on the Sydney Jewish Museum and its newly renovated permanent display (link). I basically had the same thoughts and feelings after visiting this time so I don’t want to repeat myself. I did, however, listen to the audio guide. I wish it was accessible outside of the museum so I could revisit some of the testimonies and read the more in depth information provided. Inside the museum space, it worked really well and, although the interface was quite clunky, it was so enlightening to have survivor testimonies available in each display area.

I also must say that the front of house staff were exceptional and made sure we knew exactly how to download the app and how it worked. Thank you!Read More »