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SALA Festival:
Margaret Dodd -
New Acquisitions

Margaret Dodd, Australia, born 1941, Wedding cake, from the series This Woman is Not a Car, 1977, Adelaide, white earthenware, stoneware, glazes; Lorraine Hossack Fund through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Dates 1–31 August
Time 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue Art Gallery of South Australia Directions
Cost Free

This display features Margaret Dodd’s radical ceramic sculptures and her iconic filmi(1982), alongside related works by her contemporaries.
First exhibited at AGSA in 1977, Margaret Dodd’s avant-garde series This Woman Is Not a Car shaped a period of cultural revolution and feminist awareness in Australia. The series – consisting of a film and ceramic sculptures that adapted the iconic Holden car ‘dressed’ as babies, mothers and brides – blends reality with fantasy in a critique of modern Australian society.

This exhibition celebrates the enduring significance of Dodd’s pioneering vision and the Gallery’s important recent acquisition of this major body of work. It includes Dodd’s sculptures, film, costumes and props, as well as prints and photographs made by the artist’s contemporaries, Doug Nicholas, Jan Mackay and Clay Glen. On display in Gallery 17.

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