Curated by Geoffrey Miller: (Left) RYAN MCGINLEY, India (Frost), 2013, C-print; (Middle) RYAN MCGINLEY, Anne Marie (Iguana), 2012, C-print; (Right) RYAN MCGINLEY, Albino (Milky), 2012, C-print. Courtesy the artist and Team Gallery, New York. Courtesy Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart.
Like most private museums, Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a reflection of the tastes of its founder—in this case the sex-and-death inclined David Walsh. Situated in an idyllic spot in Hobart, capital of the island state, MONA is pitched as a subversion of traditional art world institutions. Staid wall labels are abandoned in favor of 'art wank' on an iPod guide called 'The O,' walls are painted in brooding charcoal instead of gallery-cube white, and rather than wandering grand light-filled spaces, visitors make their way through a series of underground tunnels and caves. Works are grouped by thematic resonance rather than chronology, meaning it’s not uncommon to see ancient relics communing with video work.