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Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Official Reopening and Party 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party 2012 photos and story; MiSociety – 28 March 2012

Sydney becomes a lot more Contemporary in 24 hours
Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art treated itself to a Day of celebrations for the opening of its new $53 million extension to the building.

The official opening ceremony of the redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art at midday featured speeches from the Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean and the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell.  Both Ministers are showing a willingness to take the support of the Arts seriously and are seriously supporting the Arts. 

Simon Mordant, Chairman of the MCA, with his wife Catriona are the Museum’s major private benefactors with Simon quoting his now famous quip that  “he hoped his last cheque would bounce” making news (it will likely be the one he gives me – lol).  Simon joined with Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore in the praise heaped on the MCA’s Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor for her vision and endless tenacity in ensuring the redevelopment was achieved. 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, later in the day, had its new doors thrown open for the huge reopening party for invited guests who included artists, Museum benefactors, supporters and VIP’s, to celebrate the launch of the new building that expands the footprint of the MCA by 50%.

MiSociety couldn’t help but note the enthusiasm of the MCA staff as they warmly welcomed guests to the various areas of the new structure.  Also noticeable was the ‘wow’ expressions that crossed the faces of many guests as they entered the newly created spaces.  Trivia question – when was the last time there was such a buzz in Sydney around the opening of a new building?

MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor stated in her evening speech “what was important about the final realisation of the expansion of Sydney’s MCA was that it proved that the Museum mattered to the State of New South Wales, to the Federal Government and to the Nation”. 

Elizabeth Ann also heralded as part of the now current exhibitions  the Southern Hemisphere premiere of Christian Marclay’s groundbreaking 24-hour video work, The Clock, which has attracted record crowds wherever it has been shown.  The MCA will stay open for the upcoming ten Thursdays for 24 hours to allow visitors to view the work and to also take advantage of the rooftop MCA Cafe with its stunning Hany Armanious marble sculpture’ Fountain’.

With those  messages delivered , Elizabeth Ann joined the action on the dance floor with the partying crowd to wind down on what was a special day for the Arts in Sydney. 

Red Carpet photos, VIP photos and social photos; all photographic images are ©copyright MiSociety 2012 and may not be reproduced without permission – We only publish a selection from the many we have from each event. How to purchase high resolution photos 
MCA Official Reopening Ceremony photos

Elizabeth Ann (Liz Ann) MacGregor (Director MCA), Christian Marclay (artist of The Clock) - MCA Sydney Reopening Party

Elizabeth Ann (Liz Ann) MacGregor (Director MCA), Christian Marclay (artist of The Clock)

MCA Sydney Reopening Party

John and Kerri-Anne Kennerley - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

John and Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

David Wynne, Head of Marketing and Development MCA - MCA Sydney Reopening Party

David Wynne, Head of Marketing and Development MCA

MCA Sydney Reopening Party

Melissa Hoyer, Charles Wilkins (MCA Restaurant) - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Melissa Hoyer, Charles Wilkins (MCA Restaurant)

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Lyndsey Doughlas, Amber Gates - WOW look at the MCA - MCA Sydney Reopening Party

Lyndsey Doughlas, Amber Gates - WOW look at the MCA

MCA Sydney Reopening Party

Simon Mordant, major benefactor of MCA Sydney - MCA reopens in Sydney

Simon Mordant, major benefactor of MCA Sydney

MCA reopens in Sydney

Justene Williams, Reg Richardson - MCA Sydney Reopening Party 2012

Justene Williams, Reg Richardson

MCA Sydney Reopening Party 2012

William Yang - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party 2012

William Yang

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party 2012

Ray Wilson, Maurice Cashmere, Councillor Phillip Black - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Ray Wilson, Maurice Cashmere, Councillor Phillip Black

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Nick Marchand, Virginia Judge, Monique Sartor - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Nick Marchand, Virginia Judge, Monique Sartor

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Ken Unsworth, Hilaric Mais, William Wright - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Ken Unsworth, Hilaric Mais, William Wright

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley, Frances Barrett (all Brown Council) - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley, Frances Barrett (all Brown Council)

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Groove Royale - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Groove Royale

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Elizabeth Ann MacGregor hitting the dance floor - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Elizabeth Ann MacGregor hitting the dance floor

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Florian Dietzschold, Catriona Mordant (major benefactor MCA), Connie Dietzschold - MCA Sydney Reopening Party

Florian Dietzschold, Catriona Mordant (major benefactor MCA), Connie Dietzschold

MCA Sydney Reopening Party

Culinary Edge - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

Culinary Edge

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party

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