Dr Gay Rose McDonald
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Gay Rose McDonald

Arts, Design & Architecture (ADA)
School of Art & Design

Gay McDonald is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design. Her research centres on the construction and uptake of international touring exhibitions of art, design and architecture from the Cold War to the present. She has a doctoral degree in art history, a graduate diploma in art museum management and a bachelor’s degree in art education. Prior to completing her post-graduate work, Gay worked as a curator within the NSW regional gallery network. After completing her doctoral studies in the US, McDonald was awarded a Smithsonian Institution post-doctoral fellowship for her research on the French involvement in the launching of American art in France during the Cold War.

McDonald is currently collaborating on a number of projects: She is developing a monographic study called Offshore Encounters: International art exchange through an Australian lens with Dr. Laura Fisher (University of Sydney). This research project, supported by an Australia Council ‘new work’ grant, will comprise a series of focused studies of the way in which art produced in Australia has been exhibited overseas, bringing into relief the different approaches adopted by curators and other cultural brokers in cross-cultural settings. She is also working with art museum professionals and academics from the MCA, UNSWAD and the University of Sydney on a collaborative research initiative that investigates ways to work with artists in the development of projects that probe the intersection of art making, knowledge-production and learning.

Phone
+ 61 2 89360715

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2014
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GAY; Fisher L, 2014, 'Building Cross-Cultural Connections: The Warburton Arts Project and the 2011 Chinese Tour of Tu Di - Shen Ti / Our Land Our Body', in Ruanglerbutr P (ed.), Gallery and Museum Education: Purpose, Pedagogy and Practice, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 66 - 83, http://jaceonline.com.au/issues/volume-7-number-1/
    Edited Books | 2009
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR; Snepvangers K, (ed.), 2009, Venice Biennale 2009: Education Resource, Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney, https://www.mca.com.au/media/uploads/file/2012/01/11/Venice_Biennale_Education_Kit.pdf
  • Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Fisher L; McDonald G, 2016, 'From fluent to Culture Warriors: Curatorial trajectories for Indigenous Australian art overseas', Media International Australia, vol. 158, pp. 69 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1329878X15622080
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GAY; Sangster GARY, 2015, 'Material Thinking of Display', Studies in Material Thinking, https://www.materialthinking.org/
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR; Fisher L, 2015, 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Japan', Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly, vol. 35, pp. 48 - 51, https://www.artlink.com.au/issues/3520/indigenous-global/
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR; Sangster G, 2015, 'Rethinking the Curatorial Project', Studies in Material Thinking, https://www.materialthinking.org/
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald G, 2014, 'Aboriginal art and cultural diplomacy: Australia, the United States, and the Culture Warriors exhibition', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 38, pp. 18 - 31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2013.859168
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Fisher L; McDonald GR, 2014, 'Building Cross-Cultural Connections: The Warburton Art Project & the 2011 Chinese Tour of Tu Di Shen Ti - Our Land Our Body', Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, vol. 7, pp. 66 - 82, http://issuu.com/jaceonline/docs/jace-special-7-1/91?e=3645497/10409684
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald G, 2013, 'Aboriginal art and cultural diplomacy: Australia, the United States, and the Culture Warriors exhibition', Journal of Australian Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2013.859168
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald G, 2012, 'Engaging Art Museum Audiences: The MCA's National Centre for Creative Learning', Art and Australia, vol. 49, pp. 403 - 405
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR, 2012, 'Culture Warriors as Cultural Diplomacy', Artlink Indigenous, pp. 38 - 42
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald G, 2010, 'The Modern American Home as Soft Power: Finland, MoMA and the 'American Home 1953' Exhibition', Journal of Design History, vol. 23, pp. 387 - 408, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epq038
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald G; Snepvangers KL, 2009, 'Contemporary Art Practice, Art Museums and the Public Domain', Australian Art Education, vol. 32, pp. 58 - 68
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Baguley MM; Snepvangers KL; McDonald GR, 2009, 'Engaging Educated Islands: An Examination of the Collaborative Process of Creating the 2009 Venice Biennale Art Education Resource for Australian School Students', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, vol. 4, pp. 217 - 227, http://ija.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.85/prod.431
    Journal articles | 2008
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR, 2008, 'The `Advance` of American Postwar Design in Europe: MoMa and the Design for use, USA Exhibition 1951- 1953', Design Issues, vol. 24, pp. 15 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/desi.2008.24.2.15
    Journal articles | 2004
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR, 2004, 'Selling the American Dream: MoMA, Industrial Design and Post-War France', Journal of Design History, vol. 17, pp. 397 - 412
  • Theses / Dissertations | 2015
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Blackmore M, 2015, Informing Research: Art and Design Practitioner Researchers Engaging with Information, UNSW Australia: Art & Design (Formerly COFA), Australia
    Theses / Dissertations | 2014
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Roenpagel N, 2014, The Spirit of Engagement: A Holistic Approach to Art Museum Education., UNSW Australia: Art & Design (Formerly COFA), Australia, http://www.unsworks.unsw.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?tabs=detailsTab&ct=display&fn=search&doc=unsworks_12547&indx=1&recIds=unsworks_12547&recIdxs=0&elementId=0&renderMode=poppedOut&d
    Theses / Dissertations | 2014
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Bezzina H, 2014, Nation Building: The Peranakan Collection and Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum
    Conference Proceedings (Editor of) | 2013
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald G; Sangster G; Snepvangers KL; Johnston J, (eds.), 2013, 'Inside Out: The Dynamics of New Museum Architecture on Display', in.site Research Group, COFA, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, presented at Inside Out, UNSW, 02 December 2013 - 03 December 2013
    Creative Written Works | 2013
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR; Sangster G, 2013, Inside Out: Museum Architecture Rivals Exhibitions for Pulling Power, The Conversation Beta Website, The Conversation Media Trust, https://theconversation.com/au
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR, 2012, 'Australian Indigenous Art & Cultural Diplomacy', in Australian Indigenous Art & Cultural Diplomacy, Australian Painting in Britain: Cultural Diplomacy, Art and National identity, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College, London, presented at Australian Painting in Britain: Cultural Diplomacy, Art and National identity, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College, London, 12 October 2012 - 12 October 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR; Sangster G, 2012, 'Finding a Way Through Contemporary Art', presented at Together<>Apart, Sydney, 12 July 2012 - 14 July 2012
    Conference Proceedings (Editor of) | 2011
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Johnston J; McDonald G; Sangster G; Snepvangers KL, (eds.), 2011, 'Reprogramming the Art Museum', in.site Research Group, COFA, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, presented at Reprogramming the Art Museum, AGNSW, 17 November 2011 - 18 November 2011
    Theses / Dissertations | 2011
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McMillan R, 2011, Museum access: two case studies of outreach programs that engage audiences with disabilities., Australia, http://www.unsworks.unsw.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?tabs=detailsTab&ct=display&fn=search&doc=unsworks_9862&indx=1&recIds=unsworks_9862&recIdxs=0&elementId=0&renderMode
    Theses / Dissertations | 2011
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Mcmillen R, 2011, Museum access: two case studies of outreach programs that engage audiences with disabilities., University of New South Wales, Colleg of Fine Arts, Sydney, http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/fapi/datastream/unsworks:9862/SOURCE01
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR, 2011, 'Culture Warriors as Cultural Diplomacy', presented at AAANZ 2011 Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 07 December 2011 - 09 December 2011
    Creative Written Works | 2011
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Sangster G; McDonald G, 2011, A Radical Rethink: Redesigning Art for the Contemporary World, The Conversation Beta Website, The Conversation Media Trust, http://theconversation.edu.au/
    Creative Written Works | 2009
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    Collins C; Sudmalis D; Snepvangers KL; McDonald G, 2009, Venice Biennale 2009: Education Resource, Venice Biennale 2009: Education Resource, Collins C; Sudmalis D; Snepvangers K; McDonald G, (eds.), Australia Council, http://www.australiavenicebiennale.com.au/education-hub
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Dr Gay Rose McDonald
    McDonald GR, 2007, 'Homemakers, Domestic Wares and The Cold War: Exhibitions of U.S. Design & The Construction of the Domesticated Consumer Body', in International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR07), International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR07), Hong Kong, presented at International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR07), Hong Kong, 12 November 2007 - 15 November 2007

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