Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now (Part 1)
The history of women’s art in Australia is taking its place in the spotlight with the National Gallery of Australia’s latest exhibition, Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now.
One of the biggest ever displays of art by Australian women, this exhibition – delivered in two parts – will showcase more than 400 works by around 170 artists over the course of a year. Drawn from the National Gallery’s collection and loans from across Australia, it is the most comprehensive presentation of art by women assembled in this country to date.
The Know My Name initiative was launched last year after research revealed only 25 percent of the gallery’s Australian art collection was by women. In response, Know My Name is specifically designed to encourage audiences to celebrate the role of women in the nation’s cultural life and consider the history of Australian art in a new light.
The result is an exhibition that tells the story of art by women in Australia over the past 120 years. Highlights include a major commission by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers; a portrait wall featuring photographs and paintings by nearly 50 artists including Brenda L Croft, Destiny Deacon, Dora Chapman and Yvette Coppersmith; and Kangkura-KangkuraKu Tjukurpa – A sister’s story by the Ken Family Collaborative.
There will also be the debut of Jo Lloyd’s performance piece Archive the archive, responding to the work of the late Philippa Cullen, designs by Di$count Univer$e from the Spring 2019 collection Women and a contemporary re-imagining of Micky Allan’s 1978 exhibition A live-in show.
The exhibition is accompanied by the Know My Name book, which delves into the histories and inspirations of a cross-section of Australian women artists, including many featured in the exhibition.
Part 1 of Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now is now open at the National Gallery of Australia. Part 2 opens July 2021. See the full program and more information.
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This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with National Gallery of Australia.