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A Working Model of the World - exhibition

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 2 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011

Working Model of the World explores the human impulse to model. It asks how we use models to contemplate, experiment, invent and teach. The exhibition emphasizes ‘model’ as a verb, showing that modelling is an activity that unifies all human beings – from children rolling dough to ecologists predicting rising sea-levels.  

The artists in the exhibition, from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, examine the practical and symbolic work that models perform and the small worlds that models create, inviting a conversation between different forms of material thinking.  Featured artists are Brook Andrew, Corinne May Botz, Ian Burns, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Kate Dunn, David Eastwood, caraballo-farman, Emily Floyd, Andrea Fraser and Jeff Preiss, Glen Hayward, Jo Law, Palle Nielsen, Kenzee Patterson, Sascha Pohflepp & Chris Woebken, Karolina Sobecka, and jackie sumell.

Curated by Dr. Lizzie Muller (UNSW Art & Design) and Holly Williams (The Curators’ Department).

Developed and Presented in partnership with UNSW Galleries, Sydney, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and The Curators’ Department, Sydney.

For more information on the exhibition, including the Sydney edition, visit:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Image: Ian Burns, Model of a Model of the Spread of Ignorance, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

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