Art museum features free exhibits

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SYDNEY, Australia -- Admission to most exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art here is free through 2001, thanks to a grant from a local telephone company.

The museum is in the heart of a tourist area here called The Rocks and faces the ferry embarkation area of Circular Quay.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Although admission is free to the museum, some exhibits will carry an entry fee from time to time.

For example, through March 4, the exhibit called "Full Moon: Apollo Mission Photographs of the Lunar Landscape" will be about $5.60 for adults and about $4 for children.

On Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there is a special program in which an Australian representative of NASA will give a talk on the Apollo photos, followed by a look at the moon through a telescope. The price of the talk is included in the admission to the Apollo exhibit.

The museum will be hosting several other free talks given by artists and others at the museum, all at 2:30 p.m.

  • Jan. 14 -- Dreaming the Stars, Astronomy in Aboriginal Culture.
  • Jan. 21 -- Sex in Space: What NASA Won't Tell You About the Space Program.
  • Jan. 28 -- Lunacy and the Mysterious Effect of the Full Moon on the Human Mind.
  • Feb. 11 -- Contemporary Perspectives on Photography.
  • March 4 -- Photographing the Moon from Earth.
  • In addition to the talks given at the museum, here are some of the upcoming free exhibits.

  • Feb. 15 to April 22 -- "The Film Art of Isaac Julien."
  • March 21 to June 24 -- "Art/Music: Rock, Pop, Techno."
  • May 9 to July 22 -- "Kathleen Petyarre" (works characterized by a "profusion of fine dots").
  • June 9 to Aug. 19 -- "Komar and Melamid: The Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project" (paintings by elephants).
  • July 11 to Oct. 29 -- "Neo-Tokyo: Japanese Art Now."
  • Aug. 1 to Oct. 14 -- "Ricky Swallow" (sculpture).
  • Sept. 1 to Oct. 29 -- "Primavera 2001: The Belinda Jackson Exhibition of Young Artists."
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art has a Web site at www.mca.com.au. The phone number is (011) 61-2 9252-4033.

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