MIRKA for VCE Students: Art (Unit 2) & Studio Arts (Unit 4)
MIRKA is an immersive exhibition that reflects the artist’s trademark mischievousness and bohemian spirit, and shares her powerful story in vivid detail – as told through artwork, letters, sketchbooks and diaries, and recorded interviews.
This is a curated 75 minute visit to the Museum that supports VCE Art and Studio Arts students’ analysis of artwork presentation and curatorial consideration. We will explore the cultural context of Mirka Mora’s work and the specific considerations of presenting her life and work in the contemporary context of the Jewish Museum of Australia (rather than an art gallery).
Students will receive resources from our curatorial team and engage specifically with the Jewish Museum’s intention to have as passive a curatorial voice as possible in the MIRKA exhibition. A discussion with Museum Staff will also engage in partnerships, using our collaboration with the Heide Museum of Modern Art and William Mora Galleries for the MIRKA exhibition as a case study.
The visit includes access to the temporary exhibition MIRKA as well as the permanent collection and a 20-minute Q & A session with Museum staff. It aligns with the key knowledge and key skills as outlined in VCE Art Unit 2: Artworks and contemporary culture, Area of Study 1, Outcome 1; and VCE Studio Arts Unit 4: Studio practice and art industry contexts, Area of Study 3, Outcome 3.
This program is suited to Years 11 & 12 (Art-Unit 2 and Studio Arts-Unit 4).
Image: Sarah Walker, installation view of MIRKA at the Jewish Museum of Australia, 2021