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Is second wave feminism something that can be collected? Does it even have a material culture? If so, what would a second wave feminist object be? This issue of the Journal of Australian Studies places feminism and the museum together to find whether Australian museum practice and feminist...
1975 was United Nations International Women's Year. It was also the year of the Pigott Report, Museums in Australia. This report identified and encouraged the rise of history and its move into museums, which was then facilitated by state sesquicentennials and the Bicentennial of 1988. The period...
Investigating the idea of feminist material culture, this paper proposes ways of considering, classifying, and making meaning of feminist objects. Material things are an important constituent of second-wave feminism that have yet to attract much attention, possibly because of the difficulties of...
This article is a meditation on the relationship between feminist objects, institutional repositories and feminist scholarship. It narrates my encounter with second wave feminist objects in Adelaide, focusing on a handful of badges, a poster, a book and a series of banners. All date from the...
This article evaluates the 2012 exhibition Contemporary Australia: Women held at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. It considers the criticisms of the exhibition and situates the show in relation to the international trend called the “feminist blockbuster” by Hilary Robinson.
The position that feminist art holds within the art museum is complex and often contradictory. As Meaghan Morris pointed out, feminism “is not easily adapted to heroic progress narratives”. There is a very real danger that when absorbed into the museum exhibition, feminist art can become a...
The experience, as a lesbian feminist, of curating a city museum's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history exhibition is discussed through conversation, reflection, and reference to contemporary museum thought. The processes of engaging communities and of juggling the political realities...
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