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Rachel Kent


Rachel Kent is Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia having joined in 2000 in the role of Curator. From 1995 she held the position of Curator at The University of Melbourne Museum of Art, working across the university’s extensive collections, temporary exhibitions and artistic residency program.

Rachel has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the USAand Canada. She speaks and publishes widely on contemporary art and curatorial practice. Rachel has worked with leading international and Australian artists including Kutlug Altaman, Lee Bul, Olafur Eliasson, Tim Hawkinson, Mike Parr and Shahzia Sikander. She curated a major survey by Ed Ruscha at the MCA in 2004 and her key international thematic exhibitions include Liquid Sea (2003) and Masquerade: Representation and the self in contemporary art (2006).

In 2008 she curated the survey exhibition Yinka Shonibare MBE for the MCAwhich travelled to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC in 2009-10. She edited a monograph by Prestel Publishing and the MCA to accompany the exhibition. In 2011 she collaborated with the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, Canada on a solo exhibition and new film commission by Runa Islam. She is the curator of Marking Time, a major thematic exhibition which celebrates the reopening of the MCA in March 2012.

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