LOVE at the Immigration Museum
The centrepiece of Summer of Love, the Immigration Museum’s new summer program, LOVE is held in collaboration with the Heide Museum of Modern Art. Drawing from a vast archive of material including paintings, illustrations, performance, audio and more, LOVE will feature the likes of contemporary art duo Garrett and Will Huxley, artist Katthy Cavaliere, whose art focuses predominantly on her mother, and John and Sunday Reed, founders of Heide Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition will take over the museum’s 19th-century Long Room, where curators have fostered intimacy by creating smaller spaces called “love shacks”. This contrasts with a lush central “Heart Garden” installation, where visitors can commit their own personal stories to paper and pin them around the garden, as well as listen to audio featuring stories of love from various community contributors.
While the artefacts on display aim to extend beyond romantic love to include familial and creative love, and also its absence in grief and heartbreak, the unifying theme is to present the emotion near free of context. Head down for a think, welcome and perhaps a weep.
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