Jane Eckett
Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design

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...

Sophie Knezic
Eavesdropping

Double Issue

This week Memo Review publishes two reviews of two major exhibitions currently open at the Ian Potter Museum of Art: State of the Union and Eavesdropping.

Below Sophie Knezic considers the social and political stakes of the question of sound, surveillance and listening in Eavesdropping.

Benison Kilby, whose review is available by clicking here, focuses on the problematics of artistic labour and trade unions in State of the Union...

Benison Kilby
State of the Union

Double Issue

This week Memo Review publishes two reviews of two major exhibitions currently open at the Ian Potter Museum of Art: State of the Union and Eavesdropping.

Below Benison Kilby focuses on the problematics of artistic labour and trade unions in State of the Union.

Sophie Knezic, whose review is available by clicking here, considers the social and political stakes of the question of sound, surveillance and listening in Eavesdropping....

Kate Warren
The Score

The Score

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...

Victoria Perin
Don't be too Polite: Posters and Activism

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...

Beth Kearney
Ramesh Nithiyendran: In the beginning

Elaborate Irreverence

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...