Art Against the Grain: The RMIT Collection pops up in the 700s Arts Festival from 13 August

RMIT Gallery Collections Coordinator Jon Buckingham with an RMIT student in the Swanston Street library, in front of Juan Ford’s work Degenerator, 2013, oil on linen, 180 x 240cm. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

RMIT Gallery Collections Coordinator Jon Buckingham with an RMIT student in the Swanston Street library, in front of Juan Ford’s work Degenerator, 2013, oil on linen, 180 x 240cm. Photos by Evelyn Tsitas

RMIT Gallery cordially invites you to Art Against the Grain, part of the RMIT Library’s 700s Festival, featuring a pop up exhibition of selected works from the RMIT University Art Collection, and Library Returns, a performance by Mick Douglas (curator/artist of upcoming RMIT Gallery exhibition Performing Mobilities opening 25 September).

700s Arts Festival at RMIT University Library 
Celebrating our arts, design and media collections with exhibitions, presentations and workshops.
13 August – 25 September

Opening Thursday 13 August 
6.00 pm-7.30 pm

Official proceedings will begin at 6 pm with a keynote speech from Professor Paul Gough on The Art of Browsing (and the Browsing of Art) and will be followed by a program of performances:

  • Mick Douglas, curator of the upcoming RMIT Gallery exhibition Performing Mobilities, performing Library Returns.
  • Literary art band, Baron Von Choice (featuring Martine von Choice on book, Jenelle von Choice on drums, Karen von Choice on bass and Kim von Choice on synth-wall) performing to a sweet synthetic beat, with “cringe-worthy words charting the course between poignant smut and the teenage ego.”

Location:
Swanston Library
RMIT
Building 8, Level 5
360 Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

BEHIND THE SCENES: creating a pop up exhibition from the RMIT Art Collection

set up compositeA defiant protest against oppression, issues of social justice, environmentalism and power, and displacement and identity through the lens of art. These are the subjects explored in Art Against the Grain, a pop up exhibition of works from the RMIT University Art Collection, curated as part of RMIT Library’s 700s Festival.

From August 13, Swanston Library will host exhibitions, talks and a series of workshops to celebrate our arts book, journal and DVD collection. This collection is classified within the 700s of the Dewey Decimal System. Swanston Library’s “700s” are recognised for their strength, diversity and as an inspirational browsing collection. They are now the largest collection held on-site at Swanston Library.

As part of the Festival, Art Against the Grain  will enable students to enjoy being surrounded by works from both modern and contemporary Australian and international artists, including John Brack, Noel Counihan, Jazmina Cininas, Juan Ford, Maria Kozic, Trevor Nickolls, Polixeni Papapetrou and Antoni Tápies – many of whom have been staff or alumni of RMIT.

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According to the exhibition curator, RMIT Gallery Collections Coordinator Jon Buckingham, “art is a tool for understanding the problems of society. While we might wish it could, art cannot change the world. What it can do is help us realise that change is possible. ”

As part of the Festival, books from the 700s section that relate to the artists and works will be available to browse through, illustrating the abiding connection between the Library and Gallery collections. Many of the works on display are by RMIT staff and alumni, and the University’s ongoing commitment to Australia’s cultural history.

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RMIT Gallery is currently closed for essential building work and will reopen on Friday 25 September to the public with two new exhibitions, Performing Mobilities and Power to the People! 

 

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