Museum of Sydney November 2013 – April 2014

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Harold Park.1986

SUBURBAN NOIR Museum of Sydney 30 November 2013 – 6 April 2014
Postwar Sydney wasn’t only about shiny cars, motor mowers and happy families. Suburban Noir explores the raw, half-built Sydney of the 1950s and early 60s through recently uncovered crime-scene images from the NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, as well as contemporary artworks. The exhibition breaks with the tradition of presenting Sydney as a visual splendour, finding instead a more reserved city. The police photographs capture the spaces left behind: a moody catalogue of vacant lots, empty roads, desolate interiors and everyday fragments of life in these hard-bitten slices of Sydney. Look at these images long enough and everything starts to look like a crime scene.

Guest curator Peter Doyle invited a group of visual artists to loan existing works or create new works in response to the forensic photographs. They have responded with diverse visual sensitivities and understanding, finding drama and tragedy but also surprising stateliness and dramatic beauty. The artists are Vanessa Berry, Dallas Bray, Rhett Brewer, Charles Cooper, Theresa Darmody, Di Holdsworth, Bruce Latimer, Michael Lewy, Frank Littler, Reg                                             Mombassa, Peter O’Doherty, Ken Searle, Susannah Thorne and Anne Wallace

Join curator Peter Doyle as he reveals the stories behind the Suburban noir exhibition. Doyle will discuss his inspiration and the influences that led him to delve into the darker side of 1950s and 60s Sydney.

Museum of Sydney
Saturday 30 November
11.30am — 12.30pm
Free with museum entry
Location: Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney

The suicide’s flat.1979

Still life,1979

State forest.1989