Thinking Business is an exhibition by the artist collective Barbara Cleveland. It explores forms of female friendship, collaboration and artistic labour. The project takes its title from Hannah Arendt’s description of her friendship with Mary McCarthy. As Arendt wrote, “It’s not that we think so much alike, but that we do this thinking-business for and with each other.” This idea of an intellectual and creative connection between women is at the centre of this project, which focuses on the 15-year-long working relationship between the Barbara Cleveland members.
A Goulburn Regional Art Gallery exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
SUNDAY 12 DECEMBER 2021 –
SUNDAY 23 JANUARY 2022
Image: Barbara Cleveland, Performance Art (15 Actions for the Face) (still), 2009, dual channel video, 15:35 minutes. Image courtesy the artists and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.