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Visions for contemporary art: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor in conversation


21 May 2012

Join a conversation with director of the MCA, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor.
Join a conversation with director of the MCA, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor.

A Sydney Ideas event exploring contemporary art in a global context will mark an exciting new phase in the partnership between two of Sydney's most important art institutions - the University of Sydney's Power Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The event, this Tuesday 22 May, will take the form of a conversation between Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, MCA Director, and Terry Smith, former Power Professor of Art History and now Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh.

"The event marks what we hope will be the beginning of a very active new phase of partnership between the MCA, with its emphasis on education and learning, and the Power Institute, which is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its founding," said Mark Ledbury, the current director of the Power Institute.

From its roots in the Power Bequest, the Museum of Contemporary Art has become a vital centre of contemporary art for Sydney and an institution of international standing. It recently reopened its doors, incorporating a new building and the new Mordant Centre for Creative Learning.

"One of the important big cultural events this year has been the redesign and reopening of the MCA," commented Ledbury. "We are delighted to host the Director who has put the MCA on the map about her vision for the MCA, and her commitment to the important place of contemporary art in Australian and global culture. Her interlocutor, Terry Smith is one of the most committed and thoughtful of interpreters of contemporary art globally."

This timely conversation comes as the Power Institute marks fifty years of the bequest left to the University by Dr John Joseph Wardell Power, a medical doctor who served in WWI and a celebrated modernist painter in his own right.

One of the most significant donations given to the University, Power stipulated his bequest to the University was "to make available to the people of Australia the latest ideas and theories in plastic arts".

A series of events, symposiums, talks and exhibitions are taking place this year to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the bequest. See the Power Institute website for more details.


Event details

What: Visions of Contemporary Art: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor in Conversation 

When: 6pm, Tuesday 22 May

Where: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus. See map and directions

Cost: This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or booking required. Seating is unreserved and entry is on a first come, first served basis.


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