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Kiffy Rubbo 2, 1979, 1979 (printed 2012)

Robert Rooney

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 24.0 cm x 35.2 cm, image: 20.0 cm x 30.5 cm)

Kiffy Rubbo (1944-1980) was director of the Ewing and George Paton Gallery at the University of Melbourne from 1973 to 1980. There, the 1974 exhibition A Room of One’s Own helped initiate the Melbourne women’s art movement. In 1975, the first meeting of the feminist art group, the Women’s Art Register, was held at EGPG. During Rubbo’s directorship Janine Burke curated the exhibition Australian Women Artists – 1840-1940; other groundbreaking shows included When You Think About Art What Do You Think? In an obituary following Rubbo’s unexpected death in 1980, Mary Eagle credited her with focused, gentle encouragement of a generation of artists, as well as paying tribute to her as the most beautiful woman she had ever known.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012
© Estate of Robert Rooney

Accession number: 2012.103

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Robert Rooney (age 42 in 1979)

Kiffy Rubbo (age 35 in 1979)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.