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Meet the curator- Charles Pickett

June 16, 2011

Photo portrait of MAAS Curator, Dr. Charles Pickett If you are a regular reader of 'Object of the Week', you would know that Charles is one of our best contributors. I thought it was about time we 'met' Charles in one of our inimitable 6x6 style interviews!

Meet the curator- Rebecca Bower

April 14, 2011

Rebecca Bower surrounded by museum objects Name: Rebecca Bower What is your specialty area? Like many curators at the Powerhouse I studied archaeology, having wanted to be an Egyptologist since I was a little girl. It was pure coincidence that my first year at university was soon after Raiders of the Lost Ark came out.

Meet the curator- Glynis Jones

October 8, 2010

MAAS curator Glynis Jones with MAAS collection objects Name: Glynis Jones (I often receive phone calls from gentlemen of a certain age who ask me if I appeared in Mary Poppins!!). What is your specialty area? I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology and Fine Arts and a postgraduate degree in Museum Studies.

Meet the curator- Min-Jung Kim

May 14, 2010

Portrait of curator Min-Jung Kim Name: Min-Jung Kim What is your specialty area? My known speciality is East Asian decorative arts and design within the Museum. I look after the Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections in all mediums including: ceramics, textiles, wood and lacquer, metal, jade, paper etc.

Meet the curator- Michael Lea

June 17, 2009

Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski © Powerhouse Museum all rights reserved Name Michael Lea What is your speciality area? Music and musical instruments. It’s a very diverse area so covers a lot of ground from historical to contemporary aspects through to musical traditions from a variety of cultures.

Behind the Scenes Interning

November 21, 2017

Positioning railway models and toys on an example template Chloe Appleby is a university student who has spent the last 4 months interning in the Curatorial department at MAAS. Below she reports on her experience and what parts of her internship she enjoyed the most.

100 years of the Bauhaus

August 1, 2019

Writing set in red metal with black detail, comprising a blotter, pen tray and circular inkstand with a black-ball handle on the cover. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has just opened a display with striking objects, photographs and archival material from its extensive decorative art and design collections, to celebrate the centenary of the Bauhaus, the most influential 20th century school of design.

Student Fashion 2019

June 19, 2019

Held annually at the Powerhouse Museum since 1993, the Student Fashion display showcases the work of Sydney’s top local fashion design graduates, providing insight into the skills and potential of the next generation of Australian designers.

“Mara gunda-l” – to make with the hand

May 30, 2019

young indigenous man holding woven basket with older indigenous man sitting in the background, both men are out of focus Guest post by Bernard Singleton, Curator Bernard Singleton is a curator and craftsman from the Cape York region of Australia. He has worked with UMI Arts, Cairns Art Gallery and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Remembering Australian summer holidays

January 2, 2019

A staged colour photograph taken in the 1970s for advertising featuring seven young men wearing board shorts. The man in the centre is holding a young woman with blond hair and wearing a bikini. The beach has always been the ultimate destination for summer holidays whether it was just a few kilometres away or a long car trip. Back in the 1960s cars weren't as reliable as today. Even for a relatively short drive you'd stop off at the service station to have the oil, water and tyres checked and to pick up maps.

Reflections of Asia: Behind the Scenes with Conservation

December 11, 2018

Chinese folding fan open on a grey background. The blades are intricately carved ivory and the painted paper surface (leaves) portrays a busy landscape, depicting what looks like a historic scene with many small brightly coloured figures.] The Conservation department plays a crucial role in the preparation of the Museum's exhibitions. From the early stages of the exhibition development Conservators work closely with other members of the exhibition team, especially Curators, Designers and Registrars.

Food Work Sex Belief: How Art and Science Meet

November 28, 2018

From popular culture to mainstream media to discourse on the post-, trans- and non- human, the human impact of current technological change is palpable. The exhibition Human non Human responds to this sense of anxiousness and exhilaration.