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World AIDS Day 2016

November 28, 2016

HIV is still here - and it's on the move For folk who lived through the 1980s, AIDS was an omnipresent gargoyle. The disease was part of the contemporary culture. It had insinuated itself into current affairs stories and commercials, into youth culture, gay culture, tea-room discussions, into jokes, bullying; and into people’s bodies.

Annette Kellerman myths

November 23, 2016

Sometimes luminaries in popular culture are called 'legends'. A legend is a story that has been handed down and is popularly regarded as historical but not authenticated. The legend of Annette Kellerman goes like this -- born in Marrickville, she recovered from polio as a child, invented the one-piece swimsuit, was arrested in Boston for wearing it and became a Hollywood movie star.

Carmen and Mr John

November 9, 2016

    Recently identified in the MAAS collection are twenty early career images of fashion icon Carmen Dell’Orefice modelling hats by celebrity milliner, Mr John of New York (1902-1993).

Printing fashion in 3D: the inBloom Dress

November 1, 2016

Why would a museum collect 3D printed objects? To answer this question it’s important to think about why museums collect anything at all. Museum collections, on the whole, show a deep, human preoccupation with material culture - the things that surround us.

3D scanning Icons from the MAAS Collection

October 21, 2016

Visitors to the recently opened Icons exhibition will notice two large screens installed in one of the title walls, featuring rotating 3D models of objects from the exhibition. The screens invite visitors to “touch and explore” the 3D models.

Looking for the mermaid: developing the Annette Kellerman visual installation

October 12, 2016

I am still looking for my chest of gold in a cool dripping sea cave -- though a professional mermaid for the movies, I still wait to see my first real one sitting on a damp grey rock combing her long green hair.1 The exhibition Million Dollar Mermaid: Annette Kellerman features a visual installation projected onto a set, creating an immersive, sensory environment.

A Sydney Icon: Fashion at Luna Park

October 5, 2016

  Whenever asked ‘when, where and what’ to visit in Sydney, we know the answer: the Opera House with her pure white sails lit in moonlight and of course, our iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge that sparkles beautifully every New Year’s Eve.

Our curators are Ready for Ask a Curator Day 2016

September 14, 2016

Our curators have a huge job caring for our enormous and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects! Their areas of expertise are as diverse and interesting as the scope of the Museum's collection.

Farewell Richard Neville (1941-2016)

September 5, 2016

Richard Neville, author, journalist, social commentator and co-founder of Oz magazine sadly passed away on Sunday 4 September. I recall Richard visiting the Museum around the time he was writing his autobiography, Hippie, Hippie, Shake: The Dreams, the Trips, the Trials, the Love-ins, the Screw ups—the Sixties (William Heinemann, 1995).