Exhibition talk: Making art public
A tour looking at dogs in art
Join artist David Capra and Steven Miller, the Gallery’s archivist, for a look at how our furry friends are portrayed in art, with a special guest appearance from Teena the sausage dog. The tour will start in the Gallery’s collection in the Grand Courts and finish in the exhibition Making art public: 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects.
David Capra and Teena are part of the Kaldor Studio, which is a dynamic artist-led learning space located at the heart of the exhibition. Over five months, three of Australia’s most exciting artists will take turns transforming the Studio, presenting a range of learning experiences for visitors of all ages and abilities.
David Capra and his sausage dog Teena have a long-standing history of creating socially engaged projects with learning and collaboration at the heart.
Steven Miller is the Head of the Gallery’s Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library and Archive. He is also the author of Dogs in Australian Art.
Teena is quite the publicity hound, in 2016 she appeared on the 9 Network’s Today Show to promote her own fragrance, Eau de Wet Dogge. In 2018, David and Teena performed “The long and short of it: Life lessons from art-dog Teena” to an audience of 5000 at TEDx Sydney. Most recently, David and Teena collaborated with Kaldor Public Art Projects, producing a series of “Teena Takes on…” educational videos unpacking the Kaldor archive.
Image: Jeff Koons White terrier 1991 Art Gallery of New South Wales Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
© Jeff Koons