30 May – 13 September 2020 | free
Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 150 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia.
This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program.
Featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art.
Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.
By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.
Rosemary Laing flight research #6 1999–2000, Type C photograph, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2001
© Rosemary Laing
More Know My Name exhibitions:
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In Muva We Trust
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and bodies illuminating the facade of the National Gallery
as part of Canberra’s Enlighten festival.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers
A new large-scale installation by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers
tells the ancestral story of the Seven Sisters Dreaming
using sculptural forms woven from tjanpi (the Pitjantjatjara
word for grass) and raffia.
The Body Electric
Featuring photographic and video works that explore
themes of sex, pleasure and desire by artists such as Polly
Borland, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin and Pixy Liao.