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As an independent scholar, curator and freelance writer, Chris McAuliffe is pursuing projects encompassing cultural policy, art history, local history and popular music. Like all research projects, some are undertaken with a defined goal in mind while others are simply driven by curiosity.

Current projects include:

  • ‘Fringe to famous’: examining the crossover between ‘alternative’ and ‘mainstream’ Australian cultural production since the 1980s
  • The global circulation of Jackson Pollock’s drip-painting as an early example of the ‘meme’
  • Interpretation of the City of Melbourne contemporary art collection
  • Photographic portraits of the Kelly Gang
  • Indonesian punk band, Punkasila, and their collaborations with Melbourne artist, Danius Kesminas
  • Charles Summers’s sculptural memorial to the Burke and Wills expedition
  • Sir Peter Blake’s Elvis paintings

For more information, go to the current projects page.

Past projects include:

  • Exhibitions on Australian rules football and Neil Diamond
  • A symposium on art and rock music
  • Books on art, artists and art collections

For more information, go to the past projects page.

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