Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design
Ian Potter Museum of Art
20 November 2018 – 3 March 2019
By Jane Eckett
Distinctions between art and design are notoriously difficult to make;
the imperative of functionality is far from unique to design while a
concern with communicative strategies and the formal elements of design
(line, colour, volume and so on) are often common to both. The
popularity of those umbrella terms 'creatives' and 'the creative
industries' in present day usage...
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 August – 5 November 2017. Curated by Jacqueline Doughty.
By Kate Warren
One of the things I enjoy most about going to an orchestral performance are the moments when the musicians onstage complete their final warm-ups, exercises and tunings. Being not yet focused into a single force, the performers’ last-minute preparations are individual and not precisely coordinated or harmonised. Nonetheless, they blend and complement each other, creating a mix o...
Say it loud. Say it clear
Don't Be Too Polite: Posters and Activism
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 8 November 2016 – 19 March 2017
By Victoria Perin
The title of Don't Be Too Polite: Posters and activism cuts off the gendered call made by the sing-song union ditty: Don't be too polite, girls, don't be too polite / Show a little fight, girls, show a little fight. A sensible (if regrettable) choice, as indeed the un-fair sex is also represented in this exhibitio...
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, In the beginning
Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 22 November 2016 – 26 February, 2017
By Beth Kearney
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s solo exhibition In the Beginning is arresting. Covertly located on the top floor of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Sri Lankan–born, Sydney-based artist introduces confronting imagery and a vibrant palette into the University of Melbourne gallery. Despite Nithiyendran’s potentially off-pu...