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Tag: Object of the week

Sex and Museums: uncovering a tool of delight

September 15, 2014

Damian McDonald
As part of the Ultimo Science Festival 2014, the Powerhouse Museum hosted a night of the Science of Sex. Along with talks form Dr Karl Kruszelnicki from University of Sydney, evolutionary biologist Professor Rob Brooks, and marine biologist Professor Emma Johnston from UNSW, Museum curators brought out a selection of sex related objects from the collection.

Jewellery and adornment from the Pacific, part 1: Fijian pig’s tusk

September 10, 2014

Melanie Pitkin
Since the late 19th century, the Museum has collected a select and representative range of Pacific material culture - namely, body ornament, clubs, implements of daily use, textiles and dress - from the island regions of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Marc Newson and Apple design at the Powerhouse Museum

September 8, 2014

Angelique Hutchison
The recent news of Marc Newson joining the Apple team is a big deal in the design world. This really does confirm the Australian-born designer’s ‘superstar’ status. Those of you familiar with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences would know that our collection features many products designed by Newson for the mass market.

A major jewellery exhibition opens soon at the Powerhouse Museum

September 3, 2014

Eva Czernis-Ryl
This week we start installing this Museum’s most ambitious jewellery exhibition ever. Celebrating the central place of jewellery in cultures from antiquity to now, A fine possession: jewellery and identity will present over 700 pieces of jewellery from Australia, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and the Pacific which were made and/or worn and collected in Australia.The exhibition opens at the Museum on 24 September.

Convict jacket

August 27, 2014

Anni Turnbull
This coarse wool jacket is a reminder of the harsh life experienced by convicts in colonial times. Conspicuous, two- coloured uniforms were made to differentiate troublesome convicts and humiliate them, and ensured it was difficult to escape undetected.

David Mist collection digitization project

August 20, 2014

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences holds two important photography archives related to Sydney photographer David Mist - the Studio Ten archive (92/401) acquired as a gift of the photographer in 1992, and the David Mist archive (96/44/1) acquired as a gift of the photographer under the Australian Government Taxation Incentives for the Arts program in 1996.

Sir Henry Parkes: Not just the father of federation

August 18, 2014

Anni Turnbull
Many Australians associate Federation with Sir Henry Parkes and his significant contribution in bringing Australia together in 1901, but he was much more than that. Parkes arrived in Sydney in 1839 with his wife and young child (Sir Henry would eventually father 17 children), finding work as a laborer and later in a foundry.

Wire has many uses from bee houses to candle snuffers

August 13, 2014

Anni Turnbull
Wire has been a material used in a variety of areas from the domestic sphere to agricultural, medical and applied arts areas. The Museum's collection has wire products from cake cooling racks to electrical components and to sculptures like the one above made by designer Douglas Annand.

The Story of Australia’s First Airmail-Part 9

August 6, 2014

Kerrie Dougherty
Despite the rigours of the first airmail flight from Melbourne to Sydney over July 16-18 (as recounted in parts 6-8 of this story), Maurice Guillaux was not one to rest on his laurels. Within days he was in the air again, making several flights with Lebbeus Hordern’s Farman Hydro-aeroplane (see part 3 of this story), including one on July 22 when he carried two passengers, Hordern and Lt.

Prize pool

July 30, 2014

Charles Pickett
A lot of people were pleased when Prince Alfred Park swimming pool starred at the recent 2014 NSW architecture awards. As well as the prize gong, the Sulman Medal for public architecture, the new pool received the Lloyd Rees Award for urban design.

Fight the Fly: the only good fly is a dead fly

July 23, 2014

Anni Turnbull
There are 30,00 types of flies, one of the most familiar and widely distributed is the house fly. Besides being annoying it can also carry diseases.like typhus, dysentery, and tuberculosis, The introduction of cattle to  Australia in 1788 gave the fly increased access to one of it's food sources, animal dung.