11 March – 4 June 2017
Philanthropists and collections explores the philanthropic impulse, and considers how patronage has helped shape the UQ Art Collection. A selective survey of the giving that has bolstered our holdings, it brings together a representative group of artworks that have been generously donated by organisations such as the Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. and altruistic individuals.
The exhibition provides us with an opportunity to thank all our donors and to reflect on the act of collecting. What leads someone to donate artworks, and how do these gifts influence the development of a collection? How does patronage contribute to the cultural heritage of an institution, and do objects ‘live’ differently in an art museum?
Curator: Samantha Littley
15 April – 30 July 2017
The saying ‘once the dust settles’ is essentially optimistic. It assumes that present difficulties will be resolved and that a better future beckons. However, not all difficulties diminish, while some lie dormant only to reappear. This exhibition centres on works by contemporary artists who probe at cultural, environmental and psychological histories that remain unresolved. Others reflect on traditions that reverberate or are threatened.
All works are drawn from The University of Queensland Art Collection and include recent acquisitions by artists such as Gordon Bennett, Susan Fereday, Dale Harding, Emma Lindsay, Angelica Mesiti, Caroline Rothwell, James Tylor, Judy Watson and Mumu Mike Williams.
Curator: Michele Helmrich