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Memento : Issue 19
january 2002 memento 11 'Maybe cartoons and satire are simply a way of pointing out bits of information that we suspect someone has got wrong ... I think that my professional life is basically finding niches and gaps.' Bruce Petty Love and art, politics and the economy, footy and music -- Bruce Petty explores all these themes in our latest exhibition, A Mad Century! Born in Melbourne in 1929, Bruce Petty is one of Australia's most influential political satirists and cartoonists. His cartoons and drawings have appeared in Punch (London), the New Yorker, the Bulletin, Daily Mirror and the Australian. Today he is a regular contributor to the Age newspaper in Melbourne. His exhibition brings together a suite of etching and drypoint prints, films and sculpture that invite us to contemplate the everyday alongside the madness and brilliance of the social and political events of last century in Australia. Bruce Petty brings to his subject matter an energetic commentary balanced by an infinite wisdom and a humane dignity. His work provides challenging observations on Federation, the monarchy, communism, capitalism, globalisation, the Republic debate, Wik and the Olympics. Visitors to the exhibition can also explore a selection of papers, sound recordings and photographs from our collection, which document the government policies that shaped the episodes depicted so sharply in Petty's works. This outstanding exhibition is on show in our Exhibition Gallery in Canberra until 24 March 2002. century! mad bruce petty's The Hon. John Bannon, Dr Helen Irving and Dr Lenore Coltheart, all passionate historians, discussed Federation and how the exciting events and achievements of 100 years ago shaped the democratic nation we enjoy today. With the Centenary of Federation celebrations still fresh in our minds, they asked 'What will Australians be celebrating in 100 years time?' Cartoonist Bruce Petty wrapped up the series with his satirical observations on politics, democracy, nationalism and the economy. He talked about Australia within a world context and illustrated his lecture with cartoons created before our very eyes! More can be seen in his exhibition A Mad Century! Works by Bruce Petty on show in our Canberra building until 24 March 2002. If you missed this year's series of speakers, you can read some of their speaking notes on our website at www.naa.gov.au. You'll also find notes for earlier speakers ABC radio presenter Chris Uhlmann and Canberra Times Editor Jack Waterford. Stay tuned for a new series of monthly talks in 2002! NAA: A1861,4638 'Still Life', etching by Bruce Petty.