Media Hub

Powerhouse Explores the History of Creative Sydney in Free Talks Program

October 3, 2019

Image: William Yang

Download the media release

Today the Powerhouse Museum has announced a free Fashion Ideas talks program running alongside the major survey exhibition, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step into Paradise, premiering at the Powerhouse on 17 October 2019.

Curated by writer and academic Dr Sally Gray, the program will canvas the key concepts and rich social history embedded within the work of Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, one of the most influential pairings in Australian fashion history. Bringing together creative experts, academics and activists across three events, the program will also include a special after-hours viewing of the Step into Paradise exhibition.

The first event is ‘In Conversation with Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson’ on Thursday 24 October celebrating the launch of the exhibition. Hosted by Fashion editor of The Australian Glynis Traill-Nash, the talk will delve into Jenny and Linda’s legacy and creative process, the challenges and highlights of their fascinating careers, alongside the social context and history of Australian fashion embedded within their work.

On Tuesday 12 November, speakers including leading photographer William Yang, fashion editor Jane de Teliga and curator Jess Scully join the panel discussion The Mobility of Ideas: Sydney Then and Now. Moderated by Dr Sally Gray, the event will discuss the key concepts embedded in the exhibition, and explore Sydney in the 1970s and now in relation to time, place, activism and creative culture.

The third in the series, Performing the Self: Fashion and Identity on Tuesday 18 February will explore the unique nature of Jenny Kee’s retail space Flamingo Park and its self-presentation through the Flamingo Follies fashion parades – questioning how this performance of fashion and identity played out. Moderated by Dr Sally Gray, speakers include artist and designer Frida Las Vegas, Dr Karen de Perthuis and Powerhouse Museum Senior curator Roger Leong.

About the exhibition:

Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise is the first major in-depth survey that captures the dynamic energy of Linda and Jenny’s creative partnership The exhibition draws on more than four decades of one of the most influential pairings in the history of Australian fashion, travelling through their individual formative years in London, Papua New Guinea and Paris, and their return to Australia.

The exhibition traces the beginning of their creative partnership in the 1970s at Kee’s Flamingo Park Frock Salon at Sydney’s Strand arcade, the sensational Flamingo Follies fashion parades, and their distinctive individual careers including recent collaborations, Jenny’s costume designs for the Sydney Olympic Games and their collaborations with Australian designers Romance Was Born. Over 150 garments, textiles, photographs and artworks from the Powerhouse’s own extensive collection are brought together with the designers’ personal archives, displayed in environments reflecting the artists’ inspirations, from the Australian bush and Great Barrier Reef, to opals and waratahs.

The full public program running alongside the exhibition will be announced later this month.

In Conversation with Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson
Thursday 24 October 2019
6-8pm
Powerhouse Theatre
Free (registration required)
https://maas.museum/event/in-conversation-with-jenny-kee-and-linda-jackson/

The Mobility of Ideas: Sydney Then and Now
Tuesday 12 November 2019
6-8pm
Powerhouse Theatre
Free (registration required)
https://maas.museum/event/the-mobility-of-ideas-sydney-then-and-now/

Performing the Self: Fashion and Identity
Tuesday 18 February
6-8pm
Powerhouse Theatre
Free (registration required)
https://maas.museum/event/performing-the-self-fashion-and-identity/

Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise Opens 17 October 2019 until 22 March 2020
maas.museum/paradise

MEDIA CONTACTS

Images here

Sasha Haughan

sasha@articulatepr.com.au

0405 006 035

Kym Elphinstone

kym@articulatepr.com.au

0421 106 139