The Car in Contemporary Culture

21 October–25 November 200621 Oct–25 Nov 2006

Our new touring show Supercharged brings together the work of twelve artists exploring the car’s iconic status in Australian life: Roderick Bunter, Sadie Chandler, Bill Henson, Martin Mischkulnig, Tracey Moffatt, Ben Morieson, Louise Paramor, Patricia Piccinini, Scott Redford, Tim Ryan, Daniel Wallwork, and Anne Zahalka. Since its development in the early years of the last century, the car has played a pivotal role in Australian cultural life. Where travel and communication has been restricted by the tyranny of distance, the car has provided freedom. It has enjoyed a major role in the business and leisure activities of Australians from every corner of the continent. But the car is more than practical, it is symbolic, a marker of status and identity. Latrobe Regional Gallery, 4 November–10 December 2006; Mildura Art Centre, 8 March–22 April 2007; 24 Hr Art, Darwin, 1 June–6 July 2007; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 5 October–18 November 2007; Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa, 23 November 2007–13 January 2008; Logan Art Gallery, 12 February–15 March 2008; and Redcliffe Art Gallery, 24 March–26 April 2008. Supported by Visions of Australia and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

The IMA acknowledges, thanks, and pays our deepest respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that we work with and the Country we work on.