After 9 exciting days of deliveries, construction, installation and troubleshooting (plus a day of commiseration for a Collingwood fan who shall remain nameless), Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art opened to the public. The exhibition launched the Melbourne Festival’s busy visual arts program and was opened by Festival Chair, Carrillo Gantor and Director, Brett Sheehy. A huge audience of art lovers and festival patrons were in attendance, fortified by celebratory bubbles and canapes. The good vibes were defined by volume and mass – it was indeed quite a party! The exhibition itself presents the work of over 17 Australian and international artists that address the legacy of Conceptual Art in contemporary practice. Ranging from installation, video, performance, publishing, drawing and more, these works question the relationship between object and viewer, asking audiences to consider where art can be found, how it can be experienced, and the role they themselves play in defining an art work. The exhibition offers a unique experience for all with a changing schedule of performances, events, talks, participatory works and online content. To keep up-to-date with the exhibition’s active program subscribe to this blog. Oh and don’t forget to take advantage of ACCA’s extended opening hours during the Festival to come in and choose your favourite animal costume by Peter Friedl, wear it while being observed by one of Dora Garcia’s writers, navigate Natasha Johns-Messenger’s yellow labyrinth or make a love song dedication on Jonathan Monk’s live stream microphone. Also worth checking out is the accompanying exhibition catalogue. Comprising illustrations of works in the exhibition, the catalogue includes three texts that introduce the ideas behind art in the expanded field, the narrative potential of Conceptual Art and a long overdue interview with Australian art history Donald Brook whose radical position on art in the 1960s forever changed our experience of it. This catalogue plus works by Jonathan Monk, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Seth Price are all available at ACCA’s bookshop.
For a full program of performances, screenings and events for the exhibition please visit Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art